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Focusing on Feedback

November 2
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Instructional Coaches, Teachers

How can feedback be used to support student growth without overwhelming teachers? Effective feedback can promote an environment of continuous learning and improvement. Formative assessments driven by learning targets and clear success criteria will generate opportunities to give effective feedback and foster growth.

The use of feedback in the classroom has been identified as a key area of teacher and student success. Teacher evaluation systems, such as Danielson, reference the use of feedback multiple times. John Hattie’s research indicates that feedback has a significant effect size on student achievement.

In this session, participants will reflect on past challenges and successes of using feedback in their classroom. The session will explore factors needed to establish a classroom culture where feedback happens naturally. Participants will explore components needed to incorporate formative assessment, with clearly identified learning targets and success criteria to focus feedback given to students. A variety of strategies and delivery methods (i.e. verbal, written, or digital) will be shared and practiced in this session. Regardless of your role in education, the key strategies for effective feedback can be applied to students and as well as educators.

Leah Herold
Leah Herold
Instructional Coach, CCUSD 301

Leah Herold is in her 16th year as an educator in Central District #301. This is her seventh year of being an Instructional Coach. Prior to this position, she taught 4th grade for nine years. Leah is a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator. She holds an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Illinois State University. She also holds Masters Degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Technology from Aurora University. She enjoys supporting teachers and students in their journey of incorporating technology and other strategies to support student learning and engagement.

Gail Stover
Gail Stover
Instructional Coach, Central CUSD 301

Gail Stover is in her 22nd year as an educator in Central District #301, Burlington, IL. She spent 13 years as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten, Second and Fifth grade. The last nine years Gail has been an Instructional Coach. Prior to moving into education, Gail worked in the business world for 20+ years. Gail is a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator and holds an undergraduate degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing, She also holds a Master degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Math and a Master degree in Instructional Technology with an endorsement in Library Science. In 2012, Gail Stover received the Elementary Kane County Teacher of the Year award.