BEAL Strengthen Math Teaching and Learning Training - “Strengthen Math Teaching and Learning through Formative Assessment and Performance Task Design”

Friday, August 18, 2017The registration period has closed for this event.
9am to 3pm
$132.00 stipend
Lunch will be provided.
Location: Douglas ESD 1871 NE Stephens Street
Roseburg, OR 97470



  1. Learn the role of performance tasks and formative assessment in a balanced assessment system for your classroom and school.

  2. Develop lesson plans and teaching practices that incorporate formative assessment and promote student dialogue and engagement. (Teachers will write lessons for their classrooms.)

  3. Analyze student thinking from their work on performance tasks to guide next steps in teaching and lesson planning.


Workshop Design: (Basic format will be interactive. Minimal power-point.)

  • Part 1: Assessment Literacy to create a balanced assessment system. Materials from BEAL training will be used. Emphasis: What is a performance task and how is it different from a word problem?
  • Part 2: Methods for lesson design around formative assessment with practice in writing specific lessons. Tools developed by Mary Marshall, including from work at Yoncalla. Iris Connect video from Mary teaching at Yoncalla. Book, “5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Math Discussions. (NCTM)
  • Part 3: Analysis of student work. Student work samples from Yoncalla, and some BEAL materials used. Group work to review performance tasks, talk about student thinking, and discuss of how these would play out in the classrooms.
  • Part 4: Exploration of online sites as resources for performance tasks and story problems.


Participants will take with them:

  • Teachers' own lesson plans for their classrooms.

  • Concise lists of Standards for grades K-5 in progress monitoring format

  • A collection of performance tasks organized by grade level and Standards

  • Student graphic organizers, rubrics for CCSSM Practices, tools to promote student dialogue and conversation

  • Lesson design checklist



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If you have questions concerning the training please contact Analicia Nicholson at or at 541-957-4815.

If you need assistance with registration please contact Cindy Doyle at or at 541-492-6610.


Dr. Mary Marshall, Yoncalla Math Specialist


Mary Marshall has worked for Yoncalla Schools for the past three years as a math teacher and elementary math coach. Working with the Yoncalla elementary teachers, she developed summative district assessments for grades K-6, aligned the K-5 math curriculum, wrote tools for curriculum-embedded formative assessment, and is currently developing a program for math RTI.

Mary is a native of Douglas County. She grew up in Canyonville and graduated from South Umpqua High School in 1970. She moved to New Mexico as a young adult and worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a computer system manager before returning to school for teacher certification in math and science. In 2006, Mary had the opportunity to be part of a National Science Foundation doctoral program that focused on math education for Spanish-speaking students, diverse populations, and children living in poverty. She received her PhD in math education and language from the University of New Mexico in 2009.

In 2013, Mary returned to Oregon to be closer to her family. She began work at Yoncalla with the hope of giving back to her home county. All the work she has done in education, both through research and in public schools, has emphasized rich problem solving tasks to build solid mathematical thinking in students. Her specific work with teachers helps them develop formative assessment practices and design lessons to bring out, understand and deepen their students' thinking.




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