Reading, Writing, & Rubrics

Learning Forward's Journal of Staff Development featured an article co-authored by Teaching Matters on designing assessments and feedback tools for teachers.

Norm-setting protocol

New teams (and even old ones) should set the "rules of the road" for how they will collaborate. Norm setting is a great way to lay the foundation for healthy collaboration.

Data Day Agendas

Sample benchmark / interim assessment analysis agendas for teacher team meetings.

Give 1 to Get 1

Give 1 to Get 1 is an interactive strategy to activate prior knowledge and engage learners. It could be used in a workshop for teachers or in a classroom with children.

Learning Team Groupings

There are many different ways to organize teams of teachers within a school. This resource outlines several possibilities, with an explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

PLC Ongoing Action Plan

The Ongoing Action plan is a tool for teams to set goals for student learning, record learning and instructional gaps, and plan next steps during their plc meetings. The action plan is for one unit of study.

PLC Coaching Plan

Possible coaching plan for PLC work during a unit or module of instruction.

Multiple Choice Item Data Protocol

This is a protocol for looking at multiple choice item data to identify areas of student need in any content area.

Interim Assessments (Agendas)

Teachers meet in their team and review the current state of ongoing formative assessment. The facilitator provides a list of standards from the most recent benchmark exam. The team makes a short list of the standards most in need of improvement.

Data Day 1 Agenda Overview

Teachers meet in their team and predict which areas on the state test and/or baseline assessment where areas of strength and challenge for their students, and why. The facilitator provides a list of standards from the state test/baseline for reference. If test items are available, the facilitator instead provides the test questions themselves (which would require extending the time for this activity).
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