Professional Learning

Washtenaw ISD is committed to supporting high quality classroom assessment practices and policies throughout our county. To learn more please join our Assessment Literacy Network, visit the WISD Online Learning Catalog, or contact Amy Olmstead-Brayton to inquire about additional learning opportunities on topics such as…

  • Understanding Assessment’s Purpose
  • Clarifying Learning Targets
  • Designing Effective Formative & Summative Assessments
  • Effective Feedback
  • Student Self/Peer-Assessment & Goal Setting
  • Communicating Student Learning
  • Standards-Based Teaching/Grading
  • Developing/Nurturing Student Agency
  • And much more!!!

2022-23 School Year Series: Fostering a Pedagogy of Voice through Formative Assessment (virtual)

What is pedagogy of voice and what is the role of formative assessment in developing and sustain it? Join the Assessment Literacy Network this year as we explore the key domains of student agency and how educators can use the formative assessment process to nurture student identity, belonging, mastery, and efficacy. Together let’s discover how we can create learning spaces where power is distributed, knowledge is democratized, diverse perspectives are welcomed, and children are intellectually and emotionally nourished!

*(Year-Long Series: Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 19, Feb 23  |  4:15-5:45 pm)

Why join the Assessment Literacy Network?
Do you want to ...?

  • join a network of educators committed to developing and using classroom assessments that motivate and engage students
  • critically reflect on and improve your own assessment and grading practices to accurately measure, communicate and increase student learning
  • better use your class time to effectively identify and meet the needs of all of your students
  • create equitable schools and classrooms that nourish and celebrate student agency

Assessment for Learning Series

Engage in this intensive 6 part self-paced series to begin deepening your understanding and use of effective classroom assessments. Learn more about the formative assessment cycle and its role in supporting student agency in their learning. Learn how to use classroom assessment not only to gather accurate information about student learning but to also improve student engagement, motivation and achievement and create classrooms and schools that are truly learning- and student-centered.

*(Available September 18-January 8)

7 Strategies of Assessment for Learning Series

Are you looking for ways to make your classroom more student-driven? Join us for this three-part, self-paced series as we explore “The 7 Strategies of Assessment for Learning” and discover how to use the formative assessment process to foster learning and agency!

*(Available September 18-January 8)

Socially Just Assessment & Grading

You are an educator committed to social justice, but how have your current assessment and grading practices upheld unjust systems? Come to learn more about how you can use assessment and grading to begin to push on the system and create more socially just classrooms and schools!

Introduction to Standards-Based Grading

Explore the key characteristics of equitable standards-based grading and its connection to student learning, motivation, and agency. Learn more about the prerequisite knowledge and skills you'll need to effectively shift to a standards-based classroom that better supports teachers', students', and caregivers' information needs.

Grading for Equity Book Study

Using the guiding text “Grading for Equity” (Feldman, 2019) deepen your understanding of how traditional grading practices inhibit equity in our schools and disempower students and teachers. Identify ways in which you can change your own practices and policies to be more just and promote student agency.

Standards-Based Classroom Book Study

Using the guiding text, “The Standards-Based Classroom” (Rinkema &Williams, 2019) learn more about which practices related to curriculum, instruction and assessment are essential to make learning the goal for every student! 

Formative Assessment in the Disciplines

Explore the interconnection of ambitious teaching, formative assessment, and disciplinary knowledge. We will use the guiding text “Formative Assessment in the Disciplines” (Heritage & Wylie, 2020) to help us better understand that formative assessment is not a set of generic practices but rather is embedded in disciplinary learning. 

Looking for something more tailored to the needs of your individual team, building, or district? WISD is happy to partner with you to develop custom professional learning on a wide range of topics. For additional support or questions please contact… 

Amy Olmstead-Brayton
Assessment Coordinator 

(734) 994-8100 x 1265

Amy Olmstead-Brayton

Coordinator Assessment Services

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It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Non Discrimination Information

Title IX Coordinator ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Brian Marcel
Associate Superintendent
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1402
Cassandra Harmon-Higgins
Executive Director, HR & Legal Services
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1311