The Division for Assessment and Accountability is proud to offer Formative Instructional Practices (FIP), a blended model of professional learning for Georgia educators. This professional development resource will assist educators in learning about formative instructional practices and how to use these strategies to improve teaching and student learning. Formative instructional practices include learning targets and assessment processes for teachers and students to gather and respond to evidence about 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 used appropriately during teaching and learning, increase student achievement.
Georgia FIP provides a blended learning experience focusing on the four core components of formative instructional practice:
§ Creating and using clear learning targets
§ Analyzing evidence and providing effective feedback
§ Preparing students to take ownership of their learning through peer feedback, self-assessment, and more.
Georgia FIP offers online and face-to-face professional learning experiences. Educators can participate in GA FIP independently, with a peer group, or through a district or school-wide professional learning community (PLC). The most effective method for implementing FIP is through PLCs at the school or district level. The online modules are supported by a facilitator’s guide and participant handouts to engage in activities that allow educators to reflect on the information learned in the modules and practice FIP strategies in the district, school or classroom setting.
Educators can earn course credit hours for completing online learning modules and/or participating in face-to-face discussions about the content learned in each module.
See the Educators Section of this web page for more information about FIP course hours.
Organization of GA FIP Online Learning Modules
GA FIP online learning modules are primarily organized as a series of related professional learning topics. The series, and also a single content module are listed below.
- FIP Foundations Modules (5 modules)
- Leading and Coaching FIP (2 modules)
- FIP in Action (2 modules)
- Creating Clear Learning Targets (7 modules)
- Reaching Every Student (3 modules)
- Designing Sound Assessments (9 modules)
- Implementing Evidenced-Based Grading (single module)
FIP Foundations Modules Content
To begin GA FIP professional learning, it is highly recommended that educators complete the five modules in the FIP Foundations Learning Paths series first. The professional learning content in this series also includes two additional modules for coaches and leaders to learn how to support teachers’ development and use of FIP strategies.
The content in the foundations modules aligns with the performance expectations for Georgia’s teachers and leaders. See the Educators Section of this web page for the alignment of GA FIP to the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) and the Leader Keys Effectiveness System (LKES) with sample indicators for the TAPS and LAPS.
Leading and Coaching Modules
The two additional modules in the Foundations series provide leaders, coaches and teacher-leaders with content and strategies to support teachers appropriately as they embed FIP strategies into classroom work with students. Additionally, the leadership module offers key insights for managing change, creating an environment that fosters a culture of collaboration, and sustaining the implementation of FIP strategies. More information regarding the role-based professional learning content in the FIP Foundations series can be found at the link below.
Overview of FIP Foundations Learning Paths
FIP In Action and Clear Learning Targets Series
The modules in the FIP in Action series provide exemplars and strategies to successfully engage and support professional learning communities for FIP. A second module in this series offers information to assist educators in applying FIP strategies to argumentative writing.
Creating Clear Targets
To deepen understanding of the content in the FIP Foundations Modules series, educators can enroll in the Clear Targets Series. Educators can learn how to apply FIP to the content areas of English language arts and mathematics. There are individual modules in this series for both English language arts and mathematics for the elementary, middle and high school levels.
FIP in Action and Clear Learning Targets
Reaching Every Student Series
This series provides educators with information and practice opportunities to successfully apply FIP strategies when teaching special populations of students. The goal of this series is to equip teachers with FIP knowledge and skills to provide special student populations opportunities to access content standards and learn at high levels. There are separate modules to address the needs of students with disabilities, English learners, and gifted students. Additionally, FIP strategies are combined with the principles for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and standards for World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA).
Designing Sound Assessment Series
The Designing Sound Assessment modules provide information to assist educators in determining the type of formative assessment that is needed based on learning target type, and how t
o create appropriate assessments. An overview module describes the content and professional learning for the eight modules in the series. Educators can learn how to develop assessments at each level of a learning progression to obtain evidence of learning to plan towards student mastery of content standards. In this series, educators have interactive practice with developing a variety of assessment types, including, but not limited to rubrics, master rubrics, written response and verbal assessments. More information about this series can be found at the link below.
Designing Sound Assessments