The Power of Assessment 2012-13 Webinar Series

Free, Credit-Eligible, Ten-Webinar Series Provided by the SDE


Register here for WEBINAR #3 and WEBINAR #4. Registrations for future webinars will be forthcoming. All webinars will be archived, so it is easy to catch up if you are just getting started.

Author and National Speaker,
Tom Schimmer
Facilitated by:
Nancy Thomas Price
SDE Coordinator of
Formative & Interim Assessment
Intended Audience:
Building Administration,
Classroom Teachers,
District Administration

This free ten-session webinar series introduces and supports the conceptual framework of 5 Keys to Quality Assessment to ensure balanced and accurate assessment systems. It is available for credit through Boise State University.

The webinar presenter is author, speaker, and previous educator/administrator, Tom Schimmer. Tom took part in the Best Practices Institutes last summer and was highly rated by Idaho educators for his clear communication and engaging presentation style.

Sessions will be offered live with a question and answer period following and will also be recorded for later viewing. Each webinar session lasts 1 hour, with 15 minutes prior to start for log-on and 15 minutes following the session for questions and chat.

These sessions are designed to reinforce and integrate with existing assessment professional development, so even if you have participated in assessment literacy professional development offered by the Department over the course of this past year, these classes will be valuable to you. The series is also appropriate as an introduction to best practices in assessment and provides assessment literacy topics that are crucial for moving to Smarter Balanced assessments.

This webinar series supports the goals outlined by the Idaho State Department of Education for Formative and Interim support. Each webinar builds upon the previous session. The target audience for webinars 1-8 is classroom teachers and instructional leaders. Webinars 9 and 10 are targeted toward instructional leaders/administration.

The series is available for credit through Boise State University. Registration for the December sessions is open now so register today! For session descriptions, associated activity handouts, registration information, and times of webinars, please visit

All webinars in this series will be archived and available one week after completion, so participants who miss a session or are unable to join a live webinar may easily catch up. Archived webinars and associated activity materials will be available here:

Class Titles:Dates:
The Case for Assessment LiteracyDecember 11, 2012
The Power of Classroom AssessmentDecember 18, 2012
Clear Learning TargetsJanuary 9, 2013
Sound Assessment DesignJanuary 24, 2013
Effective FeedbackFebruary 4, 2013
Accurate GradingFebruary 20, 2013
Standards-Based GradingFebruary 27, 2013
Student EngagementMarch 4, 2013
Leadership Part IApril 8, 2013
Leadership Part IIApril 22, 2013

For more information, contact:
Nancy Thomas Price
Coordinator Formative and Interim Assessment
Phone: (208) 332-6988