Coaching for Formative Assessment and Differentiation

Focus Area: Formative Assessment and Differentiation

Instructional Coaches, Leaders, Teachers

Phase: Planning

Available Now


When used with purpose, assessments can be powerful tools to help educators use data to understand how students learn and design learning experiences to meet their needs. The Formative Assessment and Differentiation focus area provides educators with the skills needed to formatively assess student learning, develop checks for understanding, use student data to inform instruction, and help students understand their academic progress. Our 1:1 coaching methodology centers on the principles of actionable research and job-embedded best practices to provide the most personalized and differentiated approach to meet the needs of our participants. This professional learning is designed to support each participant with what they need, not a one-size-fit all approach. Our Formative Assessment and Differentiation coaches use the “Try, Measure, Learn” approach to create an ongoing change in practice.


This coaching model and support was developed for teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders.


  • Bi-weekly, 30 Minute virtual session scheduled directly with a BetterLesson Coach
  • 4 Session Coaching Packs around one topic (tied to a virtual workshop) or Targeted (half-year) and Unlimited Coaching with flexibility is available
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity
  • Participants will register for access with the BetterLesson Lab
  • Participants will schedule 1:1 coaching calls with their coach


Coaching supports participants where they are at, building awareness, understanding, and opportunities for application and ownership of key competencies like these:

  • Authentic Assessment in Instruction: I incorporate student-centered formative assessments into my instruction.
  • Student Self-Monitoring: I guide students in gaining ownership over their own progress monitoring.
  • Tracking Learner Progress: I examine assessment data for learner progress.
  • Designing Student-Centered Assessments: I design or adapt student-centered formative assessments.
  • Differentiate by Content: I differentiate the material I present to students in instruction.
  • Differentiate by Process: I differentiate how students are engaging in and reflecting on the learning process.
  • Differentiate by Product: I differentiate the ways students demonstrate their understanding.