Looking at Student Work: LASW

Facilitators: Gene Thompson-Grove, Co-Director, National School Reform Faculty
Bob Mackin, LEAD NE
David Allen, National School Reform Faculty
Essential Questions:
  • Why look at student work collaboratively?
  • How can examining students' work collaboratively improve the teaching and learning in a school?
  • What conditions and resources are necessary so that educators can regularly examine students' work collaboratively?
Various protocols have been developed for looking at student work collaboratively. These methods, although used for different purposes, have in common some key principles:
  1. students' work in schools is serious work;
  2. students' work is key data about the life of the school;
  3. the work of children and adults in school should be public.
Find more information at LASW.org
  • Collaborative Assessment Conference (CAC)

    Used to look closely at and interpret students' work; to explore the strengths and needs of a particular student; and to reflect on the work collected in student portfolios.  In addition, the CAC fosters conversations among faculty about the work students are doing and how to support that work.
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  • Consultancy

    A structured process for helping an individual or a team think more expansively about a particular, concrete dilemma.
    Consultancy.pdf 43.16 KB (Last Modified on March 5, 2015)
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  • Tuning Protocol

    Used  to look at particular teacher or school-created projects and assessments in order to improve them.
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