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What Exactly Is Depth of Knowledge?
What exactly is depth of knowledge? How does the depth of knowledge establish the context in which students transfer and use their learning? Why is the DoK Wheel inaccurate? Learn what distinguishes Webb's Depth of Knowledge Model from Bloom's Taxonomy and how both can be used to address the cognitive rigor of college and career ready standards.
Now That's a Good Question!
What is a good question - or rather, how does a good question challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge? Learn how to develop good questions that will set the instructional focus and serve as formative, summative, and authentic assessments for deeper, student-centered learning experiences.
Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S., is the owner and lead professional education specialist for Maverik Education LLC, which provides professional development and Title I program consultation. His professional development seminars have been featured at national, state, and regional education conferences. He has also conducted professional development training at K-12 district and charter schools nationwide. His book Now THAT'S a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning will be published by ASCD in 2016.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.