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Mary Ryerse

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.

Coaching Yields Better Formative Assessment in Tulsa

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

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

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.

Kindness Starts with One: Random Acts of Kindness Week 2018

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2018 features developmentally appropriate, standards-aligned lessons that teach kids important social-emotional skills. More on how to take part here!

Keys to Success for Formative Assessment: A Professional Learning Guide

In order for formative assessment to be effective, several conditions must be met by and for practitioners. This new guide, designed to be a tool for enhancing formative assessment in an easily sharable and printable format, outlines these conditions.

The Student Role in Formative Assessment: How I Know Practitioner Guide

One of the key distinguishers of formative assessment lies in the relationship between a student and teacher in the shared ownership of assessing what students know and are able to do. This guide can help practitioners of formative assessment develop and hone that shared ownership.

Fueling a Vision of Student-Centered, Personalized Learning through Student Voice

My challenge to myself - and to all of us - today is to ask a handful of kids these two important questions: What do you want to learn? What do you want to do?