Professional development materials

 

Embedded formative assessment


Written by Siobhán Leahy, former head of Edmonton County School, Enfield, and Dylan Wiliam, Pack 1 and Pack 2 contain all schools and colleges need to run a professional development day, and 18 monthly follow-up workshops, together with video clips of formative assessment in action. These packs are now available for purchase worldwide, from Hawker-Brownlow in Australasia, from Learning Sciences International in North America, and from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust everywhere else in the world.


Formative assessment videos


In this set of nine video presentations, Dylan Wiliam provides an introduction to the key issues of classroom formative assessment. The first three videos provide a brief overview of formative assessment and teacher learning communities:


1.Why we need to raise achievement (15:38 minutes)

2.What formative assessment is and isn’t (16:36 minutes)

3.Teacher Learning Communities (19:02 minutes)


The other six videos go into the issues discussed in the first three videos in more depth.


4.Formative assessment, what it is and what it’s not (17:35 minutes)

5.Engineering effective discussions, activities and classroom tasks that elicit evidence of learning (19:03 minutes)

6.Using an interpretive lens rather than an evaluative one (18:54 minutes)

7.Providing feedback that moves learning forward (14:57 minutes)

8.Activating students as owners of their own learning, and as learning resources for each other (16:19 minutes)

9.Leading Teacher Learning Communities (20:42 minutes)


Presentations 4 to 9 include a question or statement to prompt reflection and discussion among participants at a professional development meeting. The videos are accompanied by nine PowerPoint slide decks. The cost is £295 in the UK and US$495 elsewhere for a perpetual license to use the pack within one school, including postage anywhere in the world. Further details of the videos can be found here. To purchase, please email Siobhán Leahy.