Podcast # 9: Dr. Doug Fisher – A Conversation about Formative Assessment


Dr. Douglas Fisher joined the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University in 2011 having served as Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Department of Teacher Education since 1998. In addition, he is a teacher and administrator at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He has served as a teacher, language development specialist, and administrator in public schools and non-profit organizations, including 8 years as the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Collaborative, a time of increased student achievement in some of San Diego’s urban schools.

He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame, the Farmer award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. In 2011, his book Implementing RTI with English Learners, won the innovation award from the Academy of Educational Publishers.

Fisher is a researcher who is interested in school improvement, especially in the area of quality instruction. Find links to some of his many books here: educational books.  Visit his website here: www.fisherandfrey.com

Register for Dr. Fisher’s Oakland Schools Presentation on October 29, 2014:
Using a Formative Assessment Action Plan to Impact More Successful Teaching and Learning

This podcast can also be found on iTunes (Oakland Literacy Podcast) where you can subscribe to the bi-weekly podcast.


Podcast #8: A Conversation about Universal Design for Learning with Bryan Dean


Bryan Dean, an Oakland Schools Consultant, recently presented at Harvard University on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  In this podcast, Bryan talks about what UDL is, why it is a powerful teaching approach, how it relates to the Common Core, how it differs from differentiation, and provides resources for educators to learn more about it.


For more information contact:  [email protected]

This podcast can also be found on iTunes (Oakland Literacy Podcast) where you can subscribe to the bi-weekly podcast.



Podcast # 7: Reflections on & Implications of John Hattie’s Visible Learning Institute at Oakland Schools


Michigan ASCDMEMSPA, and Oakland Schools collaborated to bring John Hattie to Oakland Schools for a Visible Learning Institute.  Hear a number of participants share their thinking on the latest research on effective teaching, the  implications of effect size, and what contributes to powerful student learning.

This podcast can also be found on iTunes (Oakland Literacy Podcast) where you can subscribe to the bi-weekly podcast.

Podcast #6: Vince Gigliotti – Implementing the Workshop in the Middle School


Vince Gigliotti was the Principal of Anderson Middle School in Berkley, Michigan. In 2014, he will be the Principal of Angell Elementary, also in Berkley. 

Vince shares his insights into the implementation of the workshop model at Anderson Middle School.  He is candid about this process, sharing reflections that will be helpful to any school considering such a move.

If you wish to contact Vince his email is:  [email protected]



Podcast 5: Richard Koch – Writing Portfolios and Learning


Richard Koch is a respected educator and leader in the area of portfolios and writing. He shares what portfolios are, how they support student learning and the teaching of writing, as well as helpful ideas on how to effectively use portfoliosRichard is the Director of the Michigan Portfolios . He is also the co-author of The Portfolio Guidebook and consults with educators in the area of teaching writing and writing assessment.

Contact Richard Koch at:  [email protected]

Podcast 4: Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang – Embodied Brains, Social Minds


Dr. Immordino-Yang is an internationally recognized cognitive and educational psychologist who studies the brain and the inter-relation of emotion, social interaction, and culture. Her work explores the development of these three areas as they relate to education. In this podcast, Dr. Immordino-Yang discusses her research, which links neuroscience and education. She shares how cultural, social, and cognitive learning are interrelated. Links to her work and resources are listed below:

TEDx – Embodied brains, social minds: How admiration inspires purposeful learning

PDFs of selected publications

Online course developed by Dr. Immordino-Yang



Podcast 3: Margaret Heritage Outlines Formative Assessment


Margaret Heritage is a world renowned researcher and author in the area of formative assessment. In this podcast, Heritage explains what formative assessment is, how it differs from benchmark and interim assessment, the research behind it, and key points and understandings for teachers who use, or are beginning to use, the formative assessment process.

Heritage has two books that focus on formative assessment:

Formative Assessment: Making It Happen in the Classroom (Corwin, 2010)

Formative Assessment in Practice: A Process of Inquiry and Action (Harvard Education Press, 2013)