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Virtual Retreat: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment with Impact

Virtual Event—July 19–21, 2022

Are your students' learning needs being met? Take the time to reflect and assess as you prepare for the coming school year with our Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment with Impact virtual retreat. Learn from leading experts and connect with fellow colleagues to recharge and look ahead to the new school year.

Three author headshots of Carol Ann Tomlinson, Jay McTighe, and Myron Dueck on a green graphic background.

What You'll Learn

Join bestselling ASCD authors for our summer virtual retreat designed to refresh you professionally. This three-day event will be facilitated by leading experts Carol Ann Tomlinson, Jay McTighe, and Myron Dueck. During registration, participants choose from three strands (Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design®, or Smarter Assessment).

During the retreat, participants spend the first two days deeply focused on their area of interest, and then come together with all three authors on the final half-day to learn how each of these areas work together.

Each strand was created by the instructor and includes extensive instructional and resource content, interactive assignments, direct access to the instructor, and practical application of strategies and resources.

Schedule

Note: All times are U.S. eastern daylight time (UTC-4.00).

Strands One & Two

Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design®

July 19 and 20: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

July 21: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Strand Three

Smarter Assessment

July 19 and 20: 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

July 21: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Choose Your Focus

Differentiated Instruction

Presented by Carol Ann Tomlinson

A coherent instructional approach to addressing the academic, social, and emotional needs of today's diverse learners.

Understanding by Design®

Presented by Jay McTighe

Design learning experiences that make it much more likely that students will understand content and be able to apply it in meaningful ways.

Smarter Assessment

Presented by Myron Dueck

Discover practical ways to invite students into the assessment realm as copilots rather than disinterested passengers.

Pricing Information

Registration starts at $689 per person.

Registration is $639 per person for teams of 5 or more.
Click here for information about how to register a team at this rate.

Materials (books) are purchased separately.

* Registration closes Thursday, July 14, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT

Attendee Information

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Access to the event

This is a virtual event. Attendees will receive a link to participate two days prior to the event. Registration will close two business days prior to the event start date.

Certificate of participation

Participants will receive a certificate of participation four weeks after the event concludes. Please check with your state department of education for Continuing Education Units availability.

Differentiated Instruction

Presented by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Join us to think with colleagues about a coherent instructional approach to address the academic, social, and emotional needs of today’s diverse learners.

About this Strand:

We will use videos, case studies, classroom examples, presentations, chat sessions, and Q&A opportunities to explore ways teachers create inviting learning environments that form a platform for student success; a curriculum that makes sense to learners and engages their minds; formative assessment to understand the evolving strengths and needs of students; and instruction to enable students to use critical knowledge, skills, and understanding to do meaningful work.

About this Strand:

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will

  • Extend their understanding of what quality differentiation is,

  • Analyze examples of differentiation to explore what makes them work effectively for diverse student populations,

  • Learn to plan with 5 key classroom elements (learning environment, curriculum, formative assessment, responsive instruction, and leading and partnering with students to develop and implement routines that balance flexibility and stability in the classroom,

  • Apply key principles of differentiation to their own classrooms or plan to help colleagues develop competence and confidence with the principles in the classrooms their colleagues lead.

 

Who Should Attend

Teachers (grades 2–12 of all subjects), university instructors, school and district administrators, specialists, curriculum coordinators, classroom coaches, and others who work with teachers to make their classrooms work well for the students in those classrooms. 

Suggested Reading Materials

The following books are recommended to enhance your participation.
Books are sold separately from event registration.

So Each May Soar: The Principles and Practices of Learner-Centered Classrooms

by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Understanding Differentiated Instruction (Quick Reference Guide)

by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Carol Ann Tomlinson

At the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, Carol Ann Tomlinson teaches post-graduate students, mainly in the areas of curriculum design and differentiated instruction.

Carol Ann Tomlinson

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Understanding by Design

Presented by Jay McTighe

How can you design learning experiences that make it much more likely that students will understand content and be able to apply it in meaningful ways?

About this Strand:

Thousands of educators globally have used the Understanding by Design (UbD)® Framework to answer that question and create more rigorous and engaging curricula. Workshop participants will apply a set of practical UbD 2.0 design tools and templates to create or refine curriculum units and maps. In addition, strategies and resources for leading and supporting UbD at the school or district levels will be presented.

About this Strand:

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn to

  • Apply the 3-stage "backward design" model for the development of curriculum, assessment, and instruction.

  • Use essentials questions to frame curriculum with a focus on "big ideas."

  • Apply processes for "unpacking" Standards to establish curriculum priorities and determine content worthy of deep understanding.

  • Explore six "facets" of understanding and their implications for curriculum, assessment, and teaching.

  • Apply selected design tools to create authentic performance tasks.

  • Apply a set of proven instructional strategies and tools for actively engaging learners in meaning making.

  • Access a large collection of UbD-supportive web-based resources.

 

Who Should Attend

This strand has been designed for teachers (grades 2–12 of all subjects), university instructors, curriculum leaders, assessment specialists, and school/district administrators. 

UNDERSTANDING BY DESIGN® and UbD® are registered trademarks of Backward Design, LLC used under license.

Suggested Reading Materials

The following books are recommended to enhance your participation.
Books are sold separately from event registration.

The Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units

by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units

by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe is an accomplished author and educator, known for his work in standards, assessment, instructional strategies, and curriculum development in districts, classrooms, and classrooms.

Jay McTighe

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Smarter Assessment

Presented by Myron Dueck

This strand will focus on practical ways we can invite students into the assessment realm as copilots rather than disinterested passengers.

About this Strand:

For far too long, assessment is what we have done to students, not with them. Research suggests the extent to which students perceive assessment to be authentic, formative for teachers, and not reliant on external factors, the more they will engage in it. Research also suggests that student self-reporting is one of the powerful forces in education. 

About this Strand:

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will 

  • Establish or modify a purpose and belief structure that aligns with learner-empowered assessment. 

  • Develop clear, cocreated student learning targets to guide instructional and grading decisions. 

  • Examine ways to manage ongoing assessment routines to offer students more than one opportunity to demonstrate understanding. 

  • Explore strategies that widen the window for all students to demonstrate understanding. 

  • Identify nontraditional grading approaches involving late work, homework, and zeros. 

  • Learn how to empower students to track, and reflect upon, their own homework decisions and behaviors.   

 

Who Should Attend 

This professional learning opportunity has been designed for teachers (grades 2–12 of all subjects), university instructors, school and district administrators, specialists, curriculum coordinators, classroom coaches, and others who work with teachers to make their classrooms work well for the students in those classrooms. 

Suggested Reading Material

The following book is recommended to enhance your participation.
Books are sold separately from event registration.

Giving Students a Say: Smarter Assessment Practices to Empower and Engage

by Myron Dueck

Myron Dueck

Myron Dueck is known for his work in grading, assessment, and reporting systems that give students a greater opportunity to be involved in the development and assessment of their own learning.

Myron Dueck

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ASCD Retreat: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment with Impact

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July 19–21, 2022

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