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Workshop: Assessing the Well-Balanced Student: Assessment Through the Lens of Student Social and Emotional Well-Being



Date: August 24, 2018
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: Chadwick School (map)

Fee: $150 Members; ($225 Non-members)


Assessing the Well-Balanced Student: Assessment Through the Lens of Student Social and Emotional Well-Being

In a high-stakes, high-pressure culture, parent and school expectations may have unintentional but damaging effects on students. Increasing demands on students may lead to unhealthy stress, resulting in burnout, disengagement, or debilitating physical and mental health symptoms. How can educators support student well-being, and encourage more authentic learning experiences while minimizing grade-grubbing and cheating? How do you know when your students truly understand the material you are teaching? How do you work with other educators in your school to identify and set school-wide or department-wide assessment goals that support the whole child?

This workshop uses Stanford University’s Challenge Success research to examine the tension that parents, students, and teachers often experience over issues such as homework, grades, and the culture of competition. After framing the current student experience and identifying the problem, we will turn to understand the role of assessment in promoting a healthier and more meaningful  student experience. This interactive workshop reviews the “backwards design” process and focuses on multiple assessment strategies. Participants will learn ways to more effectively determine what their students are learning and to support meaningful learning for overall health and well-being.

This interactive workshop is aimed at middle and high school teachers and administrators.

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Denise Pope

Denise Pope

Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that provides schools and families the tools they need to raise healthy, motivated students. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She is the author of, "Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, (Yale University Press, 2001), and Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015). She also co-hosts the Stanford University SiriusXM radio show called “School’s In.”
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