Assessment as Evaluation for Growth: Best Practices in Student-Centered, Personal(ized) Assessment


Jen Klein

A product of experiential project-based education herself, Jennifer D. Klein spent 19 years in the classroom and has a broad background in global education and partnership development, student-driven curricular strategies, inclusivity, and experiential, inquiry-driven learning. A former head of school with extensive international experience and over 30 years in education, including 19 years in the classroom, Jennifer facilitates dynamic, interactive workshops for teachers, leaders and students, working to amplify student voice, to provide the tools for high-quality project-based learning in all cultural and socio-economic contexts, and to shift school culture to support such practices. Jennifer is also committed to intersecting global project-based learning with culturally-responsive and anti-racist teaching practices, and her experience includes deep work with schools seeking to address equity, take on brave conversations, build healthier community, and improve identity politics on campus.

Jennifer’s first book, The Global Education Guidebook, was published in 2017, and her second, The Landscape Model of Learning: Designing Student-Centered Experiences for Cognitive and Cultural Inclusion, written with co-author Kapono Ciotti, will be available in May, 2022.  As an educational leader, writer, speaker, and bilingual workshop facilitator, Jennifer strives to inspire educators to shift their practices in schools worldwide.


This session won’t be about standards-based or competency-based assessment, but about deep, authentic practices that emphasize evaluation and spark growth, not just assess it for the gradebook. Participants will have opportunities to explore and understand a variety of student-centered strategies for evaluation, and to begin planning for such shifts in their own classrooms and schools. While the course will be designed for teachers of any grade level, it will also be appropriate for curricular and instructional leaders.

When: 4-5:30 CST / 5-6:30 EST; Feb. 3, 10, and 24  *Attendance to all three sessions is required.
This course is designed to take place in three 90-minute classes to be offered over four weeks, with a break between weeks two and four. The break will help ensure that participants have time to complete an assessment plan to share for feedback in the last class.
Take away: Participants will be asked to develop a minimum of one student-centered evaluation plan, for use in the short term. Participants will be asked to share their plans for feedback in our last session.

*Language of session: English (with no translations)


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