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Promising Pactices

The Formative Assessment of Standards (FASt) Project

meetingThe FASt project aimed to build the capacity of instructors to create and use performance-based, CCR-aligned formative assessments. The 4-month project blended LINCS on-line courses, a face-to-face meeting, individualized coaching, peer support, and a final sharing webinar. Project handouts and teacher-developed formative assessments for ESL, ELA, and math can be found here.

Technology Integration Project (TIP)

Woman teachingTIP focused on building the capacity to purposefully and effectively incorporate technology into instruction and professional development. The six-month project featured a facilitated online course, coaching to develop technology-supported lessons/units that address CCR standards, collaboration and peer observation, and the development of a final recorded presentation. These archived projects illustrate how instructors and professional developers from five New England states are using technology to enhance their practice.

Adult and Family Literacy Cluster

Most of the program-based promising practices highlighted in this collection come from members of the Adult and Family Literacy Cluster funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. A part of the Foundation’s Adult Literacy Initiative, this cluster is comprised of programs in five New England states. The promising practices come from a range of program contexts – rural and urban, ESOL and ABE, family-focused and career-focused. In selection a practice for inclusion in this collection, the cluster considered:

  • Evidence of effectiveness and measurable outcomes
  • Innovation
  • Replicability by other adult and family literacy providers
  • Low cost or affordability
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