Rethinking Formative Assessments

In this course, participants will learn how to author and implement innovative formative assessments.  Applying a strategy that focuses on verbs and utilizing key concepts from Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design, we cover how action words become guides to instruction, as well as metrics for nurturing student understanding and knowledge transferability. Formative assessment is developmental instruction which can be scaled from simple to complex student performance and is particularly useful when transitioning from classroom to online learning.  Participants will be working experientially, developing content inspired by specific verb lists based on their own research, class discussion, and personal discovery. As a culminating activity, each participant will complete a unit or module level for their own course, including a scalable plan which will assess their students' conceptual understanding and ability to apply that understanding in creative ways. 


"How To" Just-in-Time Tools Courses

The How To Just in Time Tools Courses are designed to assist teachers across all disciplines in the process of moving in-class curriculum to an online format.   Teachers can expect to gain understanding and skills in the use of a major online tool(s) or pedagogy, and will have an opportunity to create practical and applicable discipline-specific online content.  The How To Just in Time Tools Courses are Asynchronous, allowing teachers to take the course when needed, Just In Time, according their individual personal and professional needs.

The AVLI Just in Time group of courses are modeled on the work of Jack Peterson, and are designed to meet the needs of Catholic school administrations at a specific moment in the governance of their communities.  The AVLI core educational principles of Engagement, Communication, and Assessment serve as the foundation for course delivery of management expertise for faith-based schools. Jack's understanding and extensive practical and consulting experience provide real-time solutions in the areas of board development, leadership transitions, fund raising, strategic planning and personnel issues within faith-based schools.   His understanding of the interactional relationships between the four models inherent in school governance: Apostolic, Pedagogical, Community, and Business led to the formation of Jack's company, Managing for Mission.  Together with Jack, AVLI seeks to serve schools in need of solutions to the ongoing and shifting dynamics of their communities.  The Just In Time courses are designed and offered with this goal in mind.