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Formative Assessment PLC Resources

An introduction to formative assessment practices developed by Margaret Heritage for the Oregon Department of Education.   

PLC Structure

The resources are designed to be implemented in a well-established PLC with an experienced facilitator. The facilitator guides are developed as a starting place for facilitating discussions and can be adapted by the facilitator.
 

The PLC each require 60 minutes of meeting time and a commitment to apply the learning from one module prior to convening for the next module. All PLC resources include the same structure: they each require 60 minutes of meeting time and a commitment to apply the learning prior to convening for the next. The structure follows:

  • Connection to Professional Practice
  • Introduction of New Content (Audio slide presentation with recorded narration or a script for local facilitation)
  • Discussion
  • Application

Formative Assessment PLC Modules

PLC modules focused on building an introductory understanding of the formative assessment process.

  • What formative assessment is and what it is not
  • How formative assessment is part of a comprehensive assessment system
  • In the context of multi-tiered systems of support/RTI, how effective formative assessment can improve all students’ learning

Materials

 

  • Establishing learning goals and success criteria
  • Intentionally gathering evidence of learning

Materials

  • High-leverage teaching strategies and how to implement them

Materials

     
    • Student role in formative assessment
      • Using feedback
      • Providing peer feedback
      • Engaging in self-assessment
    • Classroom culture for student role in formative assessment
    • Lesson planning template

    Materials

    Language Learning Progression PLC Modules

    PLC modules focused on helping educators develop a research-based understanding of how language develops and to identify where individual students are at in their academic language proficiency.
     
    What are Learning Progressions?
    • Learning progressions and formative assessment
    • Theory of action for DLLP
    Try It Out
    • Noticing word, sentence, and discourse in your classrooms

    Materials

    Overview of DLLP Organization
    • High-leverage language features of the DLLP
    • Finding the 'best fit'
    Try It Out
    • Noticing one student's use of one language feature in your classroom

    Materials

    ​Preparing for Initial Application of DLLP

    • High-leverage language feature: vocabulary
    • 'Best fit' - vocabulary
    Try It Out
    • Noticing topic vocabulary use by two students in your classroom

    Materials (Coming by April)

    Second Application of DLLP

    • High-leverage language feature: sentence structure
    • 'Best fit' - sentence structures
    Try It Out
    • Noticing sentence structure use by two students in your classroom
    Materials (Coming by April)
    Practice Implementation: After completing the PLC modules, spend three weeks practicing with your colleagues before moving onto the last two modules.

    Combining Language Learning Progressions with Formative Assessment PLC Modules

     
    PLC modules focused on helping educators apply their understanding of how to build academic language proficiency within the context of a formative assessment lesson plan.
     

    Preparing to Re-implement the DLLP

    • Learning how to refine content lessons to include language learning
    • Thinking about next steps
    Try It Out
    • Select and refine lesson plan for content and language learning
    • Implement lesson, obtain evidence of language, and decide on next steps
    Materials (Coming by Mid-April)

    Review and Implementation

    • Consider what was learned from implementation
    • Prepare for second lesson plan implementation
    Try It Out
    • Select and refine lesson plan for content and language learning
    • Implement lesson, obtain evidence of language, and decide on next steps, plan to continue implementation
    Materials (Coming by Mid-April)
    Continue Implementation: After completing the PLC modules, continue practicing with your colleagues and revist resources as needed.
     
     

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