In order to lay a robust foundation for the Teacher-Led Learning Circles on Formative Assessments project, the project’s team of international researchers have conducted an extensive review of pre-existing literature entitled ‘Teacher-led Learning Circles: Developing Teacher Leadership and Teaching Practice for the Use of Formative Assessment to Improve Students’ Learning.’
The stock-taking exercise focuses on existing outputs that touch on three core domains:
- the importance of the teaching profession, teacher quality, teaching quality, and teacher leadership;
- effective professional development to support professional learning and student learning; and
- definitions, strategies, and practices for understanding and use of formative assessment and feedback.
One of the most powerful strategies to support student learning is the employment of formative assessment, and teachers are crucial to facilitating its implementation. Improving student learning and outcomes is particularly important in the context of the confluence of global crises. This is because education has the potential to support each individuals desire to contribute to overcoming these complex challenges in order to build a brighter future.
The piece concludes that to foster high-quality education systems, teachers must be supported and enabled to lead through continuous professional learning and development. It highlights that the key features of effective continuous learning and development include improving student learning.
The Teacher-led Learning Circles on Formative Assessment project is core to realising a better tomorrow. Through providing teachers with the appropriate tools and support, they will be able to identify and establish effective teacher-led formative assessment practices that can be disseminated within and across education unions to stimulate positive change.
The literature review is available to read in English, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Malay and Portuguese. Additionally, to keep up to date with the project and access relevant outputs, consult the project page here.