FAME forming 5th cohort for 2012-2013 School Year

Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators is currently forming the 5th cohort of learning teams and coaches for the 2012-13 school year. FAME is a collaborative project of MDE, MAC, MSU and Measured Project.  Using a learning team professional development model, teams of teachers facilitated by their colleagues (coaches) are offered resources and support to explore, learn about and implement the formative assessment process in classrooms.

The collaborative and job-embedded nature of the learning of the formative assessment process is intended to be a multiple year commitment to their learning team and the process.  Coaches are provided facilitation skills along with a process of mediating thinking through completion of the Cognitive Coaching Seminar® Days 1 -8 training.  FAME coaches are also offered support through face-to-face and virtual opportunities provided by MDE, MSU and FAME regional coaches.  Training and training materials are provided at no cost.

Learning teams are provided an initial formative assessment process overview at regional sites across Michigan.  The overview provides the opportunity to the learning to begin the learning journey.  The one-day, Launching into Learning, as well as print resources and access to a resource webpage are provided at no cost.

MSU is conducting formal quantitative and qualitative research on some of the learning teams.  Preliminary research information and project information may be found on the BAA Formative Assessment Process website.  If you have questions regarding FAME, please feel free to contact Kimberly Young, Bureau of Assessment & Accountability, Michigan Department of Education, youngk1@michigan.gov or 517.373.0988.