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Learning Opportunities for Educators

From MDE

Student Role in Assessment for Learning–Webinar Series  

What are models of teacher and student learning partnership? What are the core qualities of individualized, student-centered learning? What is formative assessment? How does student agency manifest in the classroom? What supports is MDE providing to support student-centered instruction?

Join the Minnesota Department of Education COMPASS team, in partnership with WestEd, for a two-part webinar series regarding the student role in assessment for learning that will engage participants in learning around this topic and introduce further learning opportunities provided by MDE.

The webinar series will explore:     

  • the instructional routines that support learning partnerships with students;
  • what teachers and students do to make learning visible and use in the moment evidence of learning to inform next steps in learning;
  • the roles leaders, coaches, and teachers play that nurture student agency and build collaborative learning environments;
  • the relationship among student role, agency and equity; and
  • introduce the Minnesota Student Agency in Learning (SAIL) course and Minnesota Data and Assessment Literacy (MnDAL) modules for deeper professional learning opportunities in the 2024-25 school year.

This webinar series is ideal for grades K-12 teachers, coaches, and leaders seeking professional learning opportunities around student-focused instruction and assessment for learning.

To register, please visit the links below. Please choose one option for Part 1 and one option for Part 2:

Part 1: April 2, 10–11 a.m. or April 3, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Part 2: April 9, 10–11 a.m. or April 11, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Formative Assessment and Student Agency Learning Network Series 

The MDE COMPASS team is hosting a small prototype of a learning network to explore formative assessment and student agency. The learning sessions are ideal for school and district leaders and instructional coaches who are interested in deepening their formative assessment knowledge, and ways in which to cultivate learning environments that support assessment for learning and promote student agency.

The prototype learning sessions are an effort to build capacity and knowledge to strengthen Minnesota’s statewide implementation support for formative assessment and student-centered instruction. And, to create sustainable network opportunities to share learning and instructional leadership practice that support strong formative assessment implementation.

The three-session learning series will explore:  

  • The culture of learning that supports student agency and metacognition.
  • The essential leadership roles and conditions that support collaborative learning environments and foster learner agency.
  • Addressing early-stage challenges and misconceptions in formative assessment and student-centered learning.
  • Available MN learning pathways for educators and leaders for extended or deepening professional learning in the 2024-25 school year.

Session #1: March 20, 11 a.m.–noon

Session #2: April 10, 1–2 p.m.

Session #3: May 8, 1–2 p.m.

Register for Learning Network Series.


Information on the MnDAL (Data and Assessment Literacy) program from the MDE Testing 123 website is linked here.