1703 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
Tel: 1-800-933-ASCD (2723)
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday
Local to the D.C. area: 1-703-578-9600
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Both performance tasks and project-based learning serve to promote meaningful learning while enabling teachers to assess what matters most. Used effectively, they showcase a variety of student abilities, capitalizing on existing student strengths while providing a platform for other strengths to bubble to the surface. The models differ, however, in terms of schedule structures, teacher strengths, and implementation time, leaving many teachers and leaders curious about which model best suits their classroom or school setting. This interactive institute will lead teachers and leaders through an examination of?“design variables" (e.g., curricular expectations, student learning needs, available resources, evaluation tools) to craft powerful performance tasks, projects, and rubrics that are a good fit for their students. Participants will explore and?use?a set of?practical?and proven tools for designing engaging tasks that (1) infuse authenticity, (2) provide evidence of students' abilities to transfer learning, (3) support varying student needs, and (4) are feasible to implement in the classroom.
Identify the key?characteristics?of authentic performance tasks and projects.
Analyze "design variables" to set the stage for creating high-quality tasks and projects.
Employ a variety of?design?tools for creating tasks and associated?evaluation tools.?
Examine?practical?ways of tailoring?tasks and projects to allow "voice and choice"?and?address?students’?needs.
Participate in activities that promote teaching for transfer and ensure student access in the implementation of performance tasks and projects.
Review a set of excellent online resources.
Participants will each receive a copy of The Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units (ASCD, 2012). Additional materials fee of $23.00 will be applied to your registration.