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Award-winning author details a clear, research-based process for implementing PLCs to improve student learning. Included are practical strategies, activities, exercises, and troubleshooting tips for coaches.

Designing Quality Common Formative Assessments
Designing quality common formative assessments

One-shot professional development workshops, exciting new programs pitched by zealous publishers, and the latest technotools from SMART Technologies all have their places in promoting better instruction. They are, however, no match for the benefits realized from having teams of teachers design quality formative assessments that they will administer to their students. Few things dictate instruction more significantly than teachers' knowledge of exactly how their kids will be assessed at the end of the instructional unit. Disbelievers in this notion need only look at how instruction has markedly changed since NCLB legislation in 2001. Teachers respond most dramatically when they know at the onset of instruction the content of the test to be given at the end. ...

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