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Not Sure Where to Begin Documenting Visible Learning? Try a Design Sprint

This week, I had the good fortune to meet with a small group of teachers, administrators, curriculum directors, and professional learning facilitators at Erie 2 BOCES. We spent the day […]

Documenting for Learning: 8 Steps in a Recursive Process

    Over the last few years, some of the teachers that I support have begun assessing learning without interrupting it in order to test kids. Their commitment to documentation is leading […]

Data by Design: How Grounded Theory Methodology Reveals More About Learners Than Numbers Ever Will

I founded the WNY Young Writer’s Studio with two great intentions: First, I longed to create a lasting community where children could choose to write about the things that mattered […]

What if we never had to test again? One teacher’s inspired assessment approach

I’m not sure if this is possible, but I’m starting to think it could be. I’ve been incredibly inspired by quite a few teachers who have been playing around with […]

Are You a Data Hater? Five Big Myths Educators Need to Stop Perpetuating

I’ve been facilitating inquiry team meetings and helping teachers make meaning from standardized assessment data in New York State schools for well over a decade now. Experience has uncovered the […]

Data: They’re Not Just for Spreadsheets Anymore

Michele Cammarata is a teacher fellow in the WNY Young Writer’s Studio. In an effort to learn more about the writers she serves, Michelle has turned her attention to the […]

Keeping Standards, Not Scores, at the Center of Our Inquiry Team Meetings

I’ve been working with the English Department at Starpoint Middle School for ten years, and those who know me well appreciate the high regard that I maintain for this particular group […]

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Standards Based Grading: It’s Not About the Report Card, It’s About the Culture

Standards based grading entered my little corner of the world on the winds of a perfect storm: teachers were acquainting themselves with a new set of challenging standards, they were […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Standards Based Grading

  When I think back on initial conversations that took place surrounding standards based grading in the schools that I serve, I remember that the same questions kept rising to […]

I’ve spent part of this week with a group of elementary teachers who are neck-deep in curriculum design. Prior to our first session, I asked them to talk with their […]