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Mary Ryerse

Mary Ryerse
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Mary is a Director at Getting Smart, where she leads the team’s strategic advisory practice. She helps learning organizations grow and extend impact. She is known for her work in strategy and design; personalized and competency-based learning; readiness; and SEL. You can connect with Mary on Twitter @maryryerse.

The Research Base for Formative Assessment

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Many believe that formative assessment is an important part of the learning process but how does it work? Mary Ryerse and Susan Brookhart break down the research.

Design Focused High School Builds Tech Talent in Indianapolis

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Purdue Polytechnic High School is using design-challenges to give students real-world experiences as they earn their high school diploma. In partnership with Purdue University, PPHS is setting the stage for a new era of learning.

How I Know: Austin ISD Focuses on Social Emotional Learning

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Austin ISD emphasizes the importance of relationships as a common thread that helps the district integrate efforts around two of their key focus areas: formative assessment practice and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Learn more here.

Kids Can Thank Mom by Making a Meal Themselves

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Let me preface this section by saying I am not an expert at having kids make the meal. I always marveled at those parents who had an amazing menu plan and activated a rotation where everyone takes responsibility to cook one meal, rotate chores, and so on. We just haven’t been that family and our schedules have never felt that predictable. So, we’ve done more “opportunistic” cooking.

Coaching Yields Better Formative Assessment in Tulsa

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Formative assessment coaching helps teachers to shift their thinking from the teacher role to the student role within the classroom so that students become more involved in, and responsible for, learning. Here, we explore this (and other benefits) in greater detail.

Social and Emotional Learning Skills are Essential to Formative Assessment Practice

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By: Mary Ryerse and Tom Vander Ark. Just as formative assessment informs the teaching and learning of math, reading and science skills, it can also provide essential guidance for the teaching of discrete SEL skills. Learn more about the relationship, and how to make the most of it, here.

The Power of the Performing Arts: Music’s Message of Hope

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Music can help change the world for the simple fact that it can help change people. It can also show students that they can make meaning, make change, make history, and much, much more.

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