BetterLesson believes that school and district leaders are first and foremost instructional leaders, investing in people and systems to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for students. Our goal is to provide leaders with processes, tools, and support for making organizational change and improving learning for students. We can help build leaders’ capacity in instructional leadership through a Learning Walk, a non-evaluative process used by leaders to assess the quality of student learning and effectiveness of instruction in their buildings, focusing on how leaders can support improvements to the learning experience. Learning Walks will consist of two learning experiences, a Learning Walk Launch and a Learning Walk Cycle.
In this Formative Assessment and Differentiation Learning Walk, leaders will learn about using assessment as part of the learning process including how to leverage checks for understanding, student-centered assessment, feedback, data, and grouping to support students in developing understanding of key content and skills. We will do a deep dive into the evidence and look-fors of formative assessment and differentiated instruction in the classroom and the available supports and resources for formative assessment and differentiation.
This Learning Walk is designed for school and district leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders who are prioritizing Formative Assessment and Differentiation in their schools or districts and would like to take a student-centered approach to their role by developing their craft in coaching, observation, and feedback.
These Formative Assessment and Differentiation Targets can be selected for the Learning Walk Cycle sessions to take a deeper dive into evidence of these outcomes in the classroom and student learning.
The Learning Walk Launch can be experienced as a 1-day in person workshop with an onsite BetterLesson coach guiding classroom walk-throughs, or as a two 2-hour virtual workshop facilitated by a BetterLesson coach, followed by independent classroom walk-throughs.
In the Learning Walk Launch, participants will…
After participating in a Learning Walk Launch, participants will engage in collaborative cycles focusing on one Target area within Formative Assessment and Differentiation. The Learning Walk Cycle can be experienced as a 1-day in person workshop with an onsite BetterLesson coach guiding classroom walk-throughs, or as two 2-hour virtual workshops, facilitated online by a BetterLesson coach, with independent classroom walk-throughs.