Through the Looking Glass (with evaluative thinking!): How professional learning solutions implicitly blame teachers

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Tweet The power of evaluative thinking.

Dr. Jane Davidson and educational systems change expert Joanne McEachen explain how sometimes the obvious solution is not in fact the right solution at all.

Even if it’s part of what’s needed, there are systemic issues in play that must be addressed as well.

Powerful insights to share with

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Anecdata

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Posted by: Jane Davidson

Looking for a new buzzword to toss into the conversation next time you are socializing with your favorite evaluators or clients? How about this one:

anecdata (noun). information which is presented as if it is based on serious research but is in fact based on what someone thinks is true

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The Friday Funny: Harvard’s Grading Rubric

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After last week’s popular podcast on using rubrics in evaluation (Jane was interviewed by James and Kylie on Adventures in Evaluation), we were delighted when the New York Times published the real rubric used at Harvard University for grading student work!

Here’s a snippet from the first section

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Self evaluation in complex organizations – including universities

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What are complex organizations doing right when it comes to evaluation, and where are they missing opportunities to apply their own best practices in other areas?

Saville Kushner keynoting at AES 2013

There is much that universities (and other organizations) do right, particularly in some of their intradisciplinary

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The Friday Funny: Paper Grading Bingo

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It’s that time of the year when many of our colleagues in academia are snowed under with papers to grade. Not fun!

To help inject a little humor into this task, how about playing a little Paper Grading Bingo with colleagues? [This is also a great one for TAs (teaching assistants) who have grading

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