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Annual Summer Institute

Registration is closed.

If you are still interested in attending please email Lara Davis at

We are going paperless!

We’re providing all the handouts for this conference in a digital format. We recommend that you take a few minutes before the conference to download the necessary handouts. Don’t forget to bring your computer to the conference!

Access Summer Institute handouts here.

Our Presenters

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  • Ainsley Rose
  • Visible Learning Associate
  • Kara Vandas
  • Co-author of Partnering with Students: Building Ownership of Learning
  • Steve Ventura
  • Contributor to Activate: A Leader’s Guide to People, Practices, and Processes AND Contributor to Data Teams: The Big Picture, Looking at Data Teams through a Collaborative Lens
  • Ken O’Connor
  • Author of A Repair Kit for Grading AND Author of How to Grade for Learning

Institute Schedule

Tuesday, May 30 – Visible Learning Day 1

Time Title Presenter Location Audience
8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-9:45 Keynote Session The Call for Evidence-Based Practice Ainsley Rose PHS All
10:00-12:00 Breakout Session 1 Understanding Self-Reported Grades Kara Vandas PHS All
Understanding Collective Teacher Efficacy Steve Ventura PHS All
Understanding Teacher Estimates of Achievement Ainsley Rose PHS All
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Breakout Session 2 Designing Instruction Where Students Self-Assess Kara Vandas PHS All
Building Achievement Teams Steve Ventura PHS All
Leading Schools in VL Professional Development Ainsley Rose PHS School Leaders

Wednesday, May 31 – Visible Learning Day 2

Time Title Presenter Location Audience
8:00-10:00 Breakout Session 3 Improving Self-Reported Grading in Elementary Classrooms Kara Vandas PHS Elementary educators
Improving Collective Teacher Efficacy in Secondary Schools Steve Ventura PHS Secondary educators
Improving Teacher Estimates of Achievement (repeated in Breakout Session 4) Ainsley Rose PHS All
10:15-12:15 Breakout Session 4 Improving Self-Reported Grading in Secondary Classrooms Kara Vandas PHS Secondary educators
Improving Collective Teacher Efficacy in Elementary Schools Steve Ventura PHS Elementary educators
Improving Teacher Estimates of Achievement (repeat of Breakout Session 3) Ainsley Rose PHS All
12:15-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:30 School Planning Sessions (VL consultants visit school sessions) Principals PHS School- based groups

Thursday, June 1 – Grading Day

Time Title Presenter Location Audience
8:00-10:15 Rethinking Scoring and Grading in Elementary Schools Ken O’Connor PHS Elementary educators
10:30-12:00 Leading Changes in Grading in a School and District Ken O’Connor PHS School & District Leaders
12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:15-3:30 Rethinking Grading in Secondary Schools Ken O’Connor PHS Secondary educators