Jon Vander Els

Jon Vander Els / July 1, 2021

Formative Assessment: A Linchpin to Learning

In a competency-based system, “meaningful assessment” is highlighted as the second tenet (Levine and Patrick, 2019). What does “meaningful assessment” mean in a competency-based classroom? What is the role of the teacher and the student in this classroom? 

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Jon Vander Els / April 13, 2020

Silver Linings: Observations of Self-Directed Behavior in an Online Environment

There has always been a clear recognition of the importance of the critical competencies of communication, collaboration, creativity, and self-direction for success in the “real world” by teachers, parents, community members, and local business leaders. The “why” has never really been a question. However, providing opportunities for application of these skills in real-world situations that can transfer outside the walls of the school has been a question that educators have been grappling with.

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Jon Vander Els / October 16, 2019

Assessment for Learning Project

The Assessment for Learning Project (ALP) seeks to provide meaningful opportunities for students and teachers to “co-design” curriculum, instruction, and assessment within learning experiences.

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