January 2021 Upcoming Events

Grad Profile Workshop Series: Jan 28, Feb 5 & Feb 10 (Sold out but more dates to come!)

In this three-part workshop series, led by Deeper Learning Coach, Abby Benedetto, participants will explore the value of having a Graduate Profile, develop and define a draft, and then learn how to implement and measure it once they take it back to their school, district, etc.

Given the surprisingly high demand for this workshop, we have sold out! We are currently scheduling another set of dates, as soon as late February. Please use this Google Form to join the interest list and be the first to know as soon as new dates/times have been confirmed.

Session A: Intro to the Graduate Profile

  • January 28th, 2021⋅9:30 – 11:30am PT

This workshop is designed for folks who are learning about the concept of a Graduate Profile (aka Vision of a Graduate, Portrait of a Graduate). We will explore what a Graduate Profile is and why it is an important shift for schools, districts, systems, etc., as well as what it means to situate the Graduate Profile as your organizing principle. Participants will brainstorm the skills they believe would be ideal for their graduates, then have an opportunity to check that brainstorm against quality criteria, ideate and revise again. Participants will leave with a draft prototype of a graduate profile as well as a plan to engage stakeholders in a vital input/feedback process in order to move toward a more finalized draft.

Session A TLDR: You have heard about this thing called a Graduate Profile and want to take your first leap into learning more.

Session B: Defining Your Graduate Profile

  • February 5th, 2021⋅9:30 – 11:30am PT

Once participants have a draft of a Graduate Profile (aka Vision of a Graduate, Portrait of a Graduate) that includes larger skill categories, the next step is to define what you actually mean by those categories in the form of Performance Outcomes. During this session, we will clarify what Performance Outcomes are, determine the scope of the Outcomes that you are drafting (individual school, district-wide, etc.), and practice creating high quality Performance Outcomes for your Graduate Profile. This language will then be used to design shared assessment tools and much, much more. Participants will leave with a more fully defined set of skills for their Graduate Profile, as well as a plan to engage stakeholders in a vital input/feedback process in order to move toward a more finalized draft.

Session B TLDR: You have a list of amazing skills/competencies that you want for your graduates, and you are ready to get more specific about what that really means.

Session C: Select & Design Your Culminating Performance Assessment

  • February 10th, 2021⋅10:30am – 12:30pm PT

Once you have your Graduate Profile designed and defined, you need to create a system that actually measures it. If you don’t, it remains a pretty poster on the wall. One component of that measurement system is a culminating assessment that gives you and your students concrete evidence of how they are able to demonstrate the skills of your Graduate Profile. In various groups, participants will explore different types of exhibitions (student-led conferences, capstones, portfolio defenses, etc.) and design a prototype of a culminating exhibition that provides evidence of student learning/thinking of essential competencies.

Session C TLDR: You want to design a culminating performance assessment that will measure your Graduate Profile.


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Assessment for Learning Conference- Winter Launch: February 3rd

ELP is pleased to partner for a second year with the Center for Innovation in Education and Next Generation Learning Challenges on the Assessment for Learning Conference!

Assessment for Learning is a continuing process based in learner goals, relationships, complex tasks, reflection and exhibitions of learning. The Winter Launch is about setting goals and building relationships before the spring conference on May 6th & 7th, 2021.

The focus of the Winter Launch is on connection and inquiry, and we won’t be introducing new content through traditional conference sessions like panels and presentations at this event. 

You’ll spend most of your time during the Winter Launch in small group conversations on big questions about assessment. We’ll use a new guided reflection process to help make sense of this moment and envision a more just and student-centered future. 

You’ll finish the event with learning intentions for the rest of this year, new ways to connect with AFL peers, and the charge to invite more people into this community.

This is an event for people who are passionate about building the movement to make assessment for learning the norm in our education systems. We expect that most participants will be people who support assessment in schools, districts and networks; people who implement and advocate for assessment-related policies; and teacher leaders.

Learn more and register for this free event here!


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