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Demystifying Assessments to Improve Instruction and Student Outcomes

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Demystifying Assessments to Improve Instruction and Student Outcomes

Presented by Jan Dierkes, M.Ed., Senior Solutions Engineer, Illuminate Education; and Jeremy O’Neil, Customer Success Director, Illuminate Education

Sponsored by Illuminate Education

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New backpacks, fresh notebooks, and fall screening are all signs that it’s back-to-school time. Yet, it’s not uncommon for teachers to face uncertainty around which assessments to select for which purposes—and how to use the data for instructional planning.

Join this edWebinar for a deep dive into assessment types, differences, purposes, and best practices as well as how to use the data to support each student’s individual learning and social-emotional behavior needs. Attendees will:

  • Develop an understanding of the difference between standards and skills-based assessments
  • Explore the six steps for building a comprehensive assessment system
  • Get answers to other common questions and misconceptions about assessment

This edWebinar will be of interest to PreK-12 teachers, school and district leaders, librarians, assessment leaders, instructional coaches, data analysts, data specialists, and assessment specialists. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Jan DierkesAbout the Presenters

Jan Dierkes is a special educator and technology coach with a passion for children and learning. She earned her master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University, studying RtI and progress monitoring under pioneers in the field, Drs. Doug and Lynn Fuchs. Jan is an Illuminate Solutions engineer and has the privilege of partnering with districts to use data to implement successful MTSS/RtI frameworks, see the whole child, and drive collaboration and systems improvement.


Jeremy O’NeilJeremy O’Neil, Customer Success Director at Illuminate Education, has served districts both large and small nationwide for the last 26 years. In addition to being a classroom teacher for many years, he has spent time working on districtwide initiatives. His areas of focus include research on district learning teams and designing and delivering professional development in assessment and data literacy with a focus on the formative assessment process.


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Illuminate Education

Illuminate Education equips educators to take a data-driven approach to serving the whole child. Our solution combines comprehensive assessment, MTSS collaboration and management, and real-time dashboard tools, and puts them in the hands of educators. As a result, educators can monitor learning and growth, identify academic and SEB needs, and align targeted supports in order to accelerate learning for each student.


Wednesday, August 17, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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