Formative Assessment, Descriptive Feedback and Summative Judgement

Formative Assessment, Descriptive Feedback and Summative Judgment: Principles, Practicalities and Ethics
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ● Molloy College, Rockville Centre Campus
(6 CTLEs Offered)

Presenter: Rick Wormeli

Conference Description:
Teaching is not a "gotcha" enterprise, yet many assessment approaches fall into that category. Join us for a provocative workshop in which we identify fundamental elements of formative assessment and contrast them with elements of summative judgment. Critical to students' success, descriptive feedback from formative assessment will be emphasized as well. We will look at the validity of all three, busting a few myths along the way. We will emphasize clear and consistent evidence over time, rubric design, how teachers figure out what is important to teach, giving descriptive feedback, correlating assessments to objectives and dozens of formative assessment techniques. Use these principles and watch the dramatic, positive change in students' performance within days!

Please note that this conference is also part of a larger 4-day summer institute on, "Current Issues in Assessment: Classroom Assessment and Teacher Evaluations for the Diverse Learner"  Click here for further information). There is also a one-day conference on Thursday, July 18, 2019 on, "Developing Equitable and Excellent Teachers through Culturally Responsive Teacher Evaluation" with  Dr. Maria Salazar as the lead presenter Click here for further information.

Intended Audience:
K-12 teachers and administrators.

Speaker Bio: 

Rick Wormeli
One of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations and his instructional practice, which include 39 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, as well as coaching teachers and principals. Rick's work has been reported in numerous media, including ABC's Good Morning AmericaHardball with Chris MatthewsNational Geographic and Good Housekeeping magazines, What Matters Most: Teaching for the 21st Century, and the Washington Post. He is a columnist for AMLE Magazine and a frequent contributor to ASCD's Education Leadership magazine. He is the author of the award-winning book Meet Me in the Middle as well as the best-selling books Day One and BeyondFair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom (Second Edition)Differentiation: From Planning to Practice and Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject, all five from Stenhouse Publishers, as well as Summarization in any Subject: 60 Innovative and Tech-Infused Strategies for Deeper Student Learning (releasing in fall 2018) published by ASCD.  His book, The Collected Writings (So Far) of Rick Wormeli: Crazy Good Stuff I Learned about Teaching Along the Way, is collection of his published articles, guest blogs and more through 2013. His classroom practice is a showcase for ASCD's best-selling series, At Work in the Differentiated Classroom.

With his substantive presentations, sense of humor and unconventional approaches, he has been asked to present to teachers and administrators in all 50 states, Canada, China, Europe, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Australia the Middle East, and at the White House. He is a seasoned veteran of many international webcasts, and he is Disney's American Teacher Awards 1996 Outstanding English Teacher of the Nation. He won the 2008 James P. Garvin award from the New England League of Middle Schools for Teaching Excellence, Service and Leadership, and he has been a consultant for National Public Radio, USA Today, Court TV and the Smithsonian Institution's Natural Partners Program and their search for the giant squid. Rick lives in Herndon, Virginia, with his wife, Kelly, and both are proud of recently launching the last of their children into adulthood. With the kids' college years now behind them, Rick and Kelly are now eagerly spending their childrens' inheritance while Rick works on his first young adult fiction novel and a new book on changing the culture of a school for ethical grading practices.

Associated Book:
Included in your tuition is his book, "Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom", Second Edition (2018). The book will be handed out at check-in.

The conference will be given in the Hagan Center, Room 239 (second floor) on the Rockville Centre campus of Molloy College located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3554.

CTLE Credit
This conference is approved for 6 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). Click here for further information on the new CTLE requirements.

Conference Tuition Rates:
Early Registration, until April 26: $125
Regular Registration, April 27 until June 21: $150
Late Registration, after June 21: $175
Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $50
Non-Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $75
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

There is also a one-day conference on Thursday, July 18, 2019 on, "Developing Equitable and Excellent Teachers through Culturally Responsive Teacher Evaluation" with  Dr. Maria Salazar as the lead presenter Click here for further information. . You may also enroll in both conferences on July 17 & 18, 2019, at the discounted rate of $225.

Please note that this conference is also part of a larger 4-day summer institute on, "Current Issues in Assessment: Classroom Assessment and Teacher Evaluations for the Diverse Learner " (Click here for further information).You also have the option to register for four days for 3 graduate credits for $900 (Click here to come on March 4, 2019 to register for all 4 days) or on a non-credit basis for $695 for 2 in-service credits (click here to come to register for all 4 days, non-credit). To receive graduate credit, you must attend the institute each day, do work outside the classroom and complete a project that is due within two weeks of the last session. In-service credit is based upon attendance alone.

Conference Registration:
Click here to register online for the one-day conference (July 17).  Click here to register online for both days (July 17 & 18).
Click here to register in person, by phone, fax or mail.

Please note that completing the information for this conference through a program such as My Learning Plan Inc. is mainly for you to receive permission to take this conference from your district. Once you receive permission to take the conference from your district you will still need to register for the conference. There is no connection between My Learning Plan Inc. and your official registration for this conference.

Please also note: if your district will be paying for you to attend the conference, we know that it can take some time before your district might issue a check. Therefore, it would be advisable for you to send in your registration first, even though the check from the district might not have been processed yet, to avoid being closed-out of the conference or to take advantage of the early registration discount. If multiple registrations from the same district will be paid through a purchase order, all the registrations should be sent at the same time.

Confirmation of your registration and travel directions will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us one week prior to the start of the conference. However, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge. 

Conference Details 
The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on this conference webpage. We will also email out the conference information if you are on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online  or contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: or by phone: 516.323.3554.