Common Assignment System (CAS) provides teacher to teacher embedded professional learning experiences in a collaborative environment. Teachers collaborate to create units of study, implement the units, analyze student work from the units and make revisions.
- Focus on literacy skills that support content learning
- Include performance-based assessments for students to demonstrate learning in more authentic ways
- Are standards-aligned
- Include embedded Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) tasks, modules and/or mini-tasks
- Are differentiated to meet the needs of individual learners
- Creates teacher leaders with expertise in instructional design
- Sustains a community of practice
- Honors individual contributions
- Fosters collaboration
- Incorporates student voice and choice
- Encourages personalized learning opportunities for students
- Emphasizes process, analysis, and revision based on looking at student artifacts & responses
- Supports teacher learning in a scaffolded approach by starting with selecting existing units, tasks, modules, and mini-tasks to implement and then building their own units collaboratively
- Promotes professional reflection and thoughtful sharing of new learning
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