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Formative Assessment: The Bridge Between Teaching & Learning

The practice of consistent, focused formative assessment is the GPS of differentiation. It is only through these practices and attitudes that teachers develop knowledge of who is succeeding with current learning goals/learning intentions, who is falling short of those goals, and who is ready to move beyond current expectations in order to continue growing in a content area. Participants in this session will examine mindsets, principles, and practices that lead formative assessment practices that help teachers teach more effectively and help learners learn more effectively. Among topics considered will be the purposes and kinds of formative assessment, the characteristics of quality formative assessment, strategies for formative assessment, and translating information from formative assessment into instructional planning. The session will include opportunities for discussions with colleagues and a question/answer session for the whole group.

Participants will:

  1. Extend their understanding of the nature and purposes of formative assessment.
  2. Consider ways in which particular approaches to diagnostic and on-going formative assessment might work in their settings.
  3. Observe and analyze examples of formative assessment practices in classrooms at various grade levels and content areas.
  4. Analyze examples of teachers moving from assessment to instructional planning and practice based on information gleaned from formative assessment.

Key takeaways from the workshop:

  • Formative assessment is essential in today's classrooms and should be used meaningfully to identify learning gaps and follow up on them.
  • Thinking Classrooms offers an effective approach to lesson planning, incorporating formative assessment and feedback.
  • Assessment for learning and Assessment as Learning should be utilized to promote student agency and self-responsibility in learning.
  • Formative assessment can help differentiate classroom activities to meet individual students' needs better.
  • Bite-sized assessments can provide valuable insights to inform teachers how to proceed with lessons.
  • The workshop's articles offer numerous reflections and discussion points to help teachers elevate their understanding and awareness of assessment planning and implementation.

About the Presenter: 

Dr Carol Ann Tomlinson

Dr Carol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education where she served as Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, and Co-Director of the University's Institutes on Academic Diversity. Prior to joining the faculty at UVa, she was a public school teacher for 21 years. During that time, she taught students in high school, preschool, and middle school and also administered programs for struggling and advanced learners. She was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974. Carol is also a member of the Singapore Principals Academy's International Advisory Panel.

Carol is the author of over 300 books, book chapters, articles, and other educational materials including: How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms (3rd Ed.), The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners (2nd Ed.), Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom, (with Jay McTighe) Differentiating Instruction and Understanding by Design, (with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez) The Differentiated School, (with Marcia Imbeau) Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom, (with David Sousa) Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom (2nd Ed.), (with Tonya Moon) Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom: A Guide for Student Success, and (with Mike Murphy) Leading for Differentiation: Growing Teachers who Grow kids. Her books on differentiation are available in 14 languages.

Carol was named Outstanding Professor at Curry in 2004 and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2008. In 2019, she was ranked #8 in the Education Week Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings of 200 "University-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling," and as the #3 voice in Educational Psychology. She works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who seek to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse student populations.

Registration Details

Course Code: CAT130323

Topic: Formative Assessment: The Bridge Between Teaching & Learning

Presenter: Professor Carol Ann Tomlinson

Date: 13 March 2023 Monday

Time: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm Singapore Time GMT+8

Mode of Delivery: via Zoom

Closing date: 3 February 2023 Friday

Workshop Fee: S$200.00 per participant. For every five paid participants, the sixth participant will attend for free. Fees are subject to GST.

Other Information: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.

School/Cluster-Based Workshop Registration
Please contact Joseph Loy by email or tel: 6363 0330 on the cost of conducting the workshop.Course Code: CAT130323