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 DVDs

In this set of nine video presentations, on three DVDs, Dylan Wiliam provides an overview of the key issues of formative assessment. The first DVD, entitled Formative assessment: why, what and how, contains three video presentations:

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 second and third DVDs, entitled Formative assessment: putting it into practice, contain six video presentations and go into the issues discussed in the first DVD 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 pack also includes a CD that contains nine PowerPoint slide decks to accompany the presentations. The cost is £295 in the UK and
US$495 elsewhere for a license to use the pack within one school, including postage anywhere in the world. Further details of the DVDs can be found
here. To purchase, please email Siobhán Leahy.