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Embedding Formative Assessment with Dylan Wiliam

There is now a large and growing evidence base that is helping teachers develop their use of minute-to-minute and day-by-day assessments, which are important aspects of formative assessment. However, adopting formative assessment, or assessment for learning as it is sometimes called, involves far more than adding a few “quick fixes” to teachers’ classroom repertoires. It involves a fundamental shift in focus, from what the teacher is putting into the process to what the students are getting out of it.

In this interactive one-day workshop, participants will learn:

  • Why we need to increase educational achievement, what's been tried, and why it hasn't worked;
  • Why formative assessment needs to be the priority for every school;
  • What formative assessment is (and isn't);
  • Practical techniques for implementing formative assessment;
  • How to integrate formative assessment into classroom instruction;
  • How to sustain the development of formative assessment with teacher learning communities.

Administrative Breakout Session

Dylan Wiliam will be available for continued conversation on formative assessment for Administrators and Curriculum Leaders from 3:15 - 4:00pm.


$75 - Oakland County Participants

$100 - Out of County Participants

Substitute reimbursement will be offered for Oakland County Public School Educators.

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Oakland Schools

Wednesday, Feb. 1st 2017 at 8:30am-3pm

2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI

Dylan Wiliam

Dylan Wiliam is a world renowned researcher and educator focusing on the professional development of teachers. In 1998, Dylan Wiliam and Paul Black published their research on formative assessment with Inside The Black Box, a publication many believe began the focus on the power of formative assessment.

Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London. He has served as Dean and Head of the School of Education (and later Assistant Principal) at King's College London, Senior Research Director at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, and Deputy Director (Provost) of the Institute of Education, University of London. Since 2010, he has devoted most of his time to research and teaching.

Wiliam's recent work focuses on the profound impact strategic formative assessment has on student learning. He is the co-author of Inside the Black Box, a major review of the research evidence on formative assessment, as well as Embedded Formative Assessment, Embedding Formative Assessment, the Embedding Formative Assessment Professional Development Pack, and Leadership for Teacher Learning from Learning Sciences Publishing.

James Popham says this about Dylan Wiliam:

"Few academics can digest a complex array of research findings, draw coherent conclusions from that research, then describe these conclusions in a manner comprehensible to mere mortals."

Contact Information

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