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Register for 2020 Summer Institutes: Formative Insights: Fostering Student Agency, July 13–14, 2020, in Los Alamitos, CA

Professional Learning Southern CA

Update: WestEd recognizes that the COVID-19 global pandemic is causing disruptions to normal planning for many schools and districts around the nation. At this time, we do plan to host summer learning opportunities and will adjust our approach to respond to evolving conditions. We put the health and safety of our clients and staff first and foremost.

Join WestEd for this unique, research-informed professional learning opportunity, designed to help schools shift away from heavy reliance on teacher-directed instruction to develop more collaborative classroom cultures. Encourage and equip every student to drive their own learning and transform assessment into meaningful growth opportunities.

In this two-day institute, teachers increase their capacity to use formative assessment tools and practices that foster student agency. As a participant, you will develop skills at eliciting, interpreting, and acting on evidence to determine students’ learning status in the moment and move learning forward.

Through experiential learning modules and ample opportunities for collaboration, teams of teachers hone the research-driven knowledge, skills, and daily routines to support students to guide and monitor their own learning progress.

What You Will Learn:

  • Create lesson-sized learning goals and aligned success criteria
  • Elicit and use evidence during learning
  • Advance the classroom shifts that are crucial to full implementation of formative practices
  • Develop learning partnerships with students
  • Support students in applying metacognitive skills to guide their learning

Who Should Attend?

Districts and schools are encouraged to send teams of educators, including:

  • Teachers
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Building Leaders

Participant Feedback:

 “What’s different about formative assessment? We’ve learned that our students can own the work. That they want to own the work. The one through-line you will see in every formative assessment classroom is that we are using formative assessment every day to create student agency, so that our students own the learning.”

–   High School Teacher, Tulsa, OK

“I used to think about what my students didn’t know and try to teach that skill or concept, but now I think about how I can use what they already know to move them forward.”

–   Mathematics Instructional Coach, Syracuse, NY

“I think the most surprising thing about formative assessment for my own instruction has been just how much more I am able to learn from it — how much more I know my students, and how much it informs my practice. I am also amazed at how much the students are using formative assessment themselves. They are more aware of their own misconceptions and of their own understanding… They are pushing themselves further than I could do on my own.”

–   Elementary Teacher, Fountaindale Elementary School

Institute Fees:

Early Bird registration: $675 per participant if registering before March 31, 2020.

(Beginning April 1, 2020, the price goes up to $725.)

Team discount: A 10% group discount is available for teams of 3 or more that register at the same time.

Note: Early registration and team discounts can’t be combined.

Lunch on both session days is included.

For more information, please contact Barbara Jones at bjones3@wested.org.

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Professional Development


July 13–14th, 2020


WestEd, 4665 Lampson Ave. # A, Los Alamitos, CA 90720


Teacher Educators, Teachers, Administrators