Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST
Duration: 1 hour
Research spanning four decades has proven formative assessment to be a powerful ally for improving student performance and differentiating instruction. Gathering, interpreting, and acting on insights about student performance plays a critical role in tracking successful and unsuccessful patterns in teaching and learning.
Join our expert panel for this timely discussion that will answer five key questions about formative assessments:
- How do I effectively integrate formative assessment into my classroom?
- How can formative assessment support the curriculum?
- How can formative assessment be used as a teaching strategy?
- What types of formative assessment are most effective for assessing student understanding and nurturing retention?
- How do I differentiate instruction in response to formative assessment findings?
John R. Phillipo, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Educational Leadership and Technology
John R. Phillipo, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology, which assists schools and universities in linking 21st-centry educational reforms with the effective use of information technology. Dr. Phillipo is an internationally recognized consultant on issues related to architecting and implementing a digital infrastructure in support of contemporary teaching, learning, and management. He has taught graduate courses, authored journal articles, and presented on interactive and virtual learning technologies and their impact on student achievement and educational leadership.
Bethany Silver, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
Bloomfield Public School District, Conn.
Bethany Silver, Ph.D.—who is director of assessment, evaluation, and research for the Bloomfield Public School District, Conn.—has more than 20 years’ experience as an educator in both K-12 school districts and higher education. Dr. Silver’s passion for measuring, managing, and improving performance with data has guided her research and career. She has published and presented internationally on the topics of predictive modeling, instructional data teaming, and creating visionary data environments. Her current efforts engage the strategic deployment of actionable data in support of individualized learning and organizational transformation.
Joel Hames, M.Ed.
Director of Product Management, SunGard K-12 Education
Joel Hames, director of product management at SunGard K-12 Education, is responsible for the overall product direction at the software and technology services company. With almost 17 years of experience managing enterprise systems as an information and instructional technology leader at various school districts, Hames brings a wealth of experience and deep understanding to his role.