Podcast #19: Cultures of Thinking


shapeimage_2In this podcast, Dr. Lauren Childs talks with Ron Ritchhart about Cultures of Thinking.

Ron has researched areas such as intellectual character, mindfulness, thinking dispositions, teaching for understanding, creativity in teaching, and communities of practice–areas that lead to Cultures of Thinking.

Lauren is deeply involved in this work. She has worked with Ron to implement Cultures of Thinking in many Oakland County Schools.

You can listen to this episode on iTunes or in the player below. You can also download an mp3 of the episode.

Ron Ritchhart’s Website

Cultures of Thinking Introductory Seminar

Cultures of Thinking Strolling Dinner & Gallery Walk

Podcast #17 Formative Assessment: A Conversation with Dylan Wiliam

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Dylan Wiliam is a world-renowned educational leader and researcher, specializing in teacher development and formative assessment. On today’s podcast, Dylan shares the key aspects of formative assessment. He offers his thoughts on teacher development. And he shares some practical ideas to consider for your teaching.

In addition to hearing Dylan speak about formative assessment and learning, there are some useful links included below.

On Feb 1, 2017, Dylan will be speaking at Oakland Schools. The workshop will focus on embedding formative assessment into daily practice. You can learn more about this workshop, and you can register for the event, by visiting this page.

Additional Links

The Dylan Wiliam website

Practical Ideas for Formative Assessment

Classroom Assessment Minute by Minute

Listen to this podcast on iTunes



Introduction to Formative Assessment

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Audience: teachers in all content areas and grades

Format: six hours of self-paced, online modules; to be used individually or with PLCs, departments or teams.


The Introduction to Formative Assessment course contains six modules. The first is an introduction to the five strategies of formative assessment, and the subsequent modules provide a deeper exploration of each of the five. Each module is designed to take an hour to complete, excluding the optional activities.

In the course’s six modules you will:

  • complete reflections on your own teaching practice and where you stand with formative assessment,
  • watch presentations and videos,
  • read texts,
  • take short quizzes, and
  • brainstorm ideas for implementing these strategies in your classroom.

You will learn about:

  • the five strategies of formative assessment,
  • clarifying and sharing learning intentions,
  • providing effective feedback to students,
  • engineering effective discussions and tasks,
  • activating students as learning resources for one another, and
  • activating students as owners of their own learning.

SCECHs: available – 6 hours

Consultant Contact: [email protected]