Jeri Thompson

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Shared Responsibility for Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education

All Must Respond to the Call for Systemic Change in the Educational System

It is not difficult to understand the call for culturally sustaining pedagogy given the ubiquitous news reports of police brutality, racism, discrimination, and violence against African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, and quite frankly, anyone not White. The sad fact is that this sentiment and these behaviors have been part of America’s fabric for hundreds of years.

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Instructing & Assessing 21st Century Skills: A Focus on Complex Communication

The Third in a 7-Part Series on Research and Best Practices Related to Instruction and Assessment of 21st Century Skills

This is the third in a series of seven posts on instructing and assessing 21st Century skills. This post focuses on complex communication, one of the four critical 21st Century skills addressed in the series.

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Analysis – Does This Word Matter in Defining Expectations for Student Performance?

Understanding That Higher Expectations for Instruction and Student Performance are Necessary to Meet 21st Century Demands

Can we call “analysis” by another name and expect educators to teach students to analyze, and expect students to demonstrate analysis in a text-dependent analysis response? Is the word “analysis” interchangeable with other words, or does its meaning matter in defining expectations for student performance? 

In the famous line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet says  “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  

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How to Plan for a Balanced Assessment System While Keeping Curriculum in Mind

An Approach to Promote Coherence by Connecting Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction to Student Learning

State and district leaders are increasingly interested in implementing balanced systems of assessment, in large part to improve the instructional utility of assessment scores. 

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Text Dependent Analysis for 21st Century Education

An Item Type to Drive Deeper Instruction and Improve Curriculum Decisions

The world of work in the 21st Century requires that people are able to critically read and analyze a variety of texts and other literacy materials. Text dependent analysis (TDA) is a curriculum and assessment tool to help prepare students for these literacy demands. 

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