Assessment Learning Institute

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The purpose of the ALI is to equip participants with materials and resources that deepen understanding of effective assessment practice, as well as development of comprehensive, balanced assessment systems (articulated in the ALS).

The format of the 2020 Assessment Learning Institute is a 2-day face-to-face August 4 & 5 providing direct, interactive instruction on assessment content, with a 3rd day (optional/separate registration) focused on resources to facilitate the content and including time to plan customized facilitation for contextualized use. With multiple registration options this year, you will find the best track appropriate to match your needs.

Participant Outcomes:

Day One: Foundational Day

  • Explore and understand the Assessment Literacy Standards and their application to practice
  • Understand the implications of having to assess t complex content such as 21st Century Learning Skills
  • Appreciate the nuances of a Balanced Assessment System and strategies to achieve a BAS

Day Two: Specific Track (Select One)

  • Classroom Focus:
    • Become familiar with the 5 Keys to Quality Assessment and their application to classroom assessment
    • Understand the formative assessment process and how it relates to the 5 keys
    • Recognize characteristics of quality classroom summative assessment
    • Explore approaches to making meaning of classroom assessment evidence
  • Systems Focus:
    • Understand technical vocabulary and concepts related to interim/summative assessment
    • Understand the basics of developing and selecting appropriate assessments
    • Understand appropriate ways to use and report on student data

Day 3 (optional): Facilitation

  • Understand a professional learning format (Collaborative Inquiry) that supports development of effective assessment systems and practices
  • Enable the use of skills and MAC resources to support professional learning goals around assessment systems in each participants’ personal contex
  • Become familiar with the process agendas designed to support the MAC Assessment Learning Modules

Registration Information:

The cost of the Institute includes a virtual program-orientation, expert facilitation, Assessment Learning Institute materials, access to select Assessment Learning Modules, up to 18 SCECH credits, morning coffee/snack, and a light lunch on all 3 days.

Lodging for participants will be available, at additional cost, at a facilitated block room rate.

Days 1 and 2: August 4th and 5th – $250

Day 3 only: August 6th – $125

Days 1,2, and 3 – $325

Participant Commitment…

  • Participate in or view the recorded Orientation
  • Attend the two or three-day intensive in mid-Michigan August 4, 5, 6, 2020
  • Contribute to an evaluation of the Assessment Learning Institute
  • Contribute to a Problem of Practice Symposium (January 28th, 2021) designed to provide follow up support for ALI 2020 participants.

Benefits for Assessment Learning Institute Participants…

  • Up to 18 SCECH’s to apply toward professional development requirements
  • Access to a network of Assessment Facilitators
  • Support from assessment experts and the use of materials and resources tailored to support improvements to assessment practice and pursuit of effective assessment systems
  • Access to selected MAC Assessment Learning Modules – at no additional cost, beginning when registration is secured for Institute and continuing 6 weeks following)

Michigan Assessment Consortium Module Titles

    • Assessment Systems That Support 21st Century Learners
    • Developing A High-Quality Balanced Assessment System
    • Developing Appropriate Assessments
    • Making Meaning from Student Assessments
    • Selecting Appropriate Assessments
    • Understanding the Formative Assessment Process
    • Understanding the Technical Concepts Used in Student Assessment
    • Using Assessment Data Well
  • Opportunity to participate in the track not selected (classroom or system) during the summer institute, at a discounted rate during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Eligible to be invited to become a trained evaluator for MAC Level II (micro-credential style) courses


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