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Monday, March 12 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Working Smarter, Not Harder: Harnessing the Power of Formative Assessment

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A cornerstone of proficiency-based learning is embracing the philosophy "learning is the constant, time is the variable," and shifting our approach to classroom instruction and assessment by placing the student at the center of their own learning experience. By strategically thinking about learning activities, formative assessment, and strategic intervention/enrichment, educators from Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine, have figured out a way to practice what we preach and eliminate the possibility for high teacher burnout.

In this session, presenters will share their approach to teaching and learning in a proficiency-based learning model that has resulted in a significant shift in student motivation, mindset, engagement, and ownership of their learning. Session participants will have an opportunity to apply some of Traip Academy’s tricks to their own practice through collaborative discussion and work time.

Participants will emerge with an understanding of the difference between learning activities and formative assessments, how to craft formative assessments to inform teaching and learning, how to use formative assessments to strategically plan for enrichment and intervention, and how to use data to determine student readiness for summative assessment.


Jessica Pearson

teacher, R.W. Traip Academy/Kittery School District

Kristina Sanborn

R.W. Traip Academy/Kittery School District

Monday March 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
552 B - Convention Center