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 Georgia FIP: The Keys to Student Success


 

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Purpose

 

The Division for Assessment and Accountability is proud to offer Formative Instructional Practices (FIP), a professional learning opportunity for educators.  This professional learning opportunity will assist educators in learning about formative instructional practices and enhancing their own use of these strategies.  Formative instructional practices include formal and informal assessment processes that teachers and students use to gather evidence of student learning.   A key expectation of FIP is that teachers develop the skills to guide students to take ownership for their own learning. Research has shown that FIP strategies, when appropriately used during teaching and learning, increase student achievement.  Using FIP strategies in the classroom will help support teaching and learning.

 

Georgia FIP provides a blended learning experience focusing on the four core components of formative instructional practice:

  • Creating and using clear learning targets

  • Collecting and documenting accurate evidence of student achievement

  • Analyzing evidence and providing effective feedback

  • Preparing students to take ownership of their learning through peer feedback, self-assessment, and more.

Georgia FIP can combine online and face-to-face professional learning experiences.  There are several ways to engage in the Georgia FIP learning experience for educators, and each path has suggestions for earning professional learning units (PLUs).

 

The online modules are supported by a facilitation guide and activities that allow educators to reflect on the information and practice FIP strategies in their own classroom. The most effective method for implementing FIP has been by establishing learning communities at the school or district level.  Teachers share their classroom experiences using FIP with fellow teachers, principals, and other educators.  These learning communities provide a unified vision of effective instructional practices and student learning and support to the classroom teachers.

 

The knowledge and use of formative instructional practices contained in the seven Georgia FIP modules align well with the performance expectations for Georgia’s teachers and leaders.  Documents showing the alignment to the Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards (TAPS) of the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) and the Leader Assessment on Performance Standards (LAPS) of the Leader Keys Effectiveness System (LKES) can be found on this webpage.

 

FIP Course Content

 

The core of the FIP learning experience is comprised of seven online learning modules.

  

     1.  Introduction to Formative Instructional Practices

          (Target audience:  Classroom teachers and others in direct teaching and

           supervisory roles)

    • Understand what formative instructional practices are
    • Become familiar with key research findings related to the effects of formative instructional practices on student achievement

     2.  Clear Learning Targets

          (Target audience: Classroom teachers and others in direct teaching and

          supervisory roles)

    • Understand the benefits of learning targets

    • Know how to ensure learning targets are clear to the teacher

    • Know how to make learning targets clear to students

     3.    Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Student Learning

            (Target audience: Classroom teachers and others in direct teaching

            and supervisory roles)

    • Know how to collect accurate formative evidence of student learning

     4.    Analyzing Evidence and Providing Effective Feedback

            (Target audience: Classroom teachers and others in direct teaching

            and supervisory roles)

    • Know how to use methods of assessment formatively in order to analyze evidence of student learning

    • Understand what makes feedback effective

    • Know how to provide effective feedback

     5.    Student Ownership of Learning: Peer Feedback, Self-Assessment,

            and More

            (Target audience: Classroom teachers and others in direct teaching

            and supervisory roles)

    • Know how to prepare students to give each other effective feedback

    • Know how to prepare students to self-assess with a focus on learning targets

    • Know how to prepare students to create specific and challenging goals

    • Know how to prepare students to track, reflect on, and share their learning with others

     6.    Leading Formative Instructional Practices

            (Target audience: Facilitators, district and school leaders)

    • Know how to promote formative instructional practices and support school-wide change

    • Know how to lead quality formative instructional practice implementation in your school

    • Understand the importance of developing a balanced assessment system

     7.    Coaching Formative Instructional Practices 

            (Target audience: Facilitators, coaches, curriculum supervisors,

            department heads, district/school leaders)

    • Know how to plan for the change process to promote a systemic approach to formative instructional practices.

    • Know how to leverage blended learning and professional learning teams.

    • Understand how to sustain the implementation of formative instructional practices.

    • Know how to provide teachers with effective feedback as they learn about formative instructional practices.

    • Know how to employ resources and strategies that support formative instructional practices.

    • Know how to document formative evidence of student learning

While modules may have been created to have intended target audiences, school districts that piloted Georgia FIP have found all seven (7) modules to be beneficial to all educators regardless of current assignment.