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AERO Math Specialists in International Schools

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 2023 Virtual Math Series facilitated by Erma Anderson. 

Exploring the Foundation of Formative Instructional Practices

Research shows that formative assessment has the power to significantly improve student learning. This workshop, designed for educators of grades K-12, will focus on the formative instructional practices (FIP) needed to successfully implement effective formative assessment and move student learning forward.

Formative instructional practices (FIP) are the formal and informal ways that teachers and students gather and respond to evidence of learning. It helps to think about learning as a journey, and formative instructional practices can guide teachers and students along the way, just like a GPS. These practices include four core components:

• Creating and using clear learning targets
• Collecting and documenting evidence of student learning
• Analyzing evidence and providing effective feedback
• Preparing students to take ownership of their learning

Formative instructional practices are the heart of effective teaching and learning; these practices are critical to the success of teachers and students. By learning about and using formative instructional practices, participants will discover ways to effectively plan for instruction and assessment of standards, as well as learn skills necessary to create student learning targets that gauge student growth and identify the journey (learning progression) students will take to achieve the learning target.

Participants will:
Explore the FIP that provide ways to gather evidence of student progress
Explore how to use this evidence to inform teaching and support student learning
Reflect upon ways to structure instruction in order to allow for high quality formative assessment to occur.


Using Evidence and Feedback to Increase Learning
In this session, we will focus on ways to analyze data to help students improve their learning, as well as know the power of effective feedback.


Fostering Student Ownership of Learning
In this session, we will learn how the power of peer feedback, self-assessment, goal setting, student reflection and sharing of learning serve as high impact formative instructional practices and provides students’ ownership of their learning.


The Responsive Classroom 
In this session, we will reflect on the Responsive Classroom practices that create positive, safe, engaging learning communities. We will focus on the strategies that help students develop the academic and social skills they need to thrive and be successful.


Cohort Information

Mathematics Certificate Program (MSIS K-7) Cohort or (MFIS 7-12)

Mathematics Specialist in International Schools (MSIS K-7) is a 2-year certificate program designed for K-7 classroom teachers of mathematics. The program is a cohort program focusing on mathematics content specific to the K-8 AERO Mathematics Standards. The design of the program is a coherent sequence of four 3 day institutes designed to enhance teacher understanding of the mathematics, how students learn mathematics, and how to determine evidence of student understanding of mathematics.

Mathematics Fellows in International Schools (MFIS 7-12) is a 2-year certificate program designed for classroom teachers of mathematics, Grades 7-12. The program is a cohort sequence of 5 institutes designed to enhance teachers’ understanding of the AERO Mathematics progressions and how to use the mathematical practices to bring order and logic to the content they teach.



  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution

  • A valid Education Teaching license

  • Currently teaching mathematics, K-7, in an international school

  • A letter of recommendation from a current school administrator



Tuition per institute per participant is:

  • AOS Assisted Schools Member participants: $200

    • if you are a part of: ASCTunis, CAISLisbon, ASTangier, ACSAthens, AISAlgiers, RabatAS, CasablancaAS, ASBarcelona, AOSRome, BenjaminFIS, St. Stephen's Rome, ASMilan, ASMadrid, ISFlorence

  • Member participants: $300

  • Non-member schools: $500


Registration includes transportation to/from the conference hotel and host school. Coffee, snacks, and lunches are also provided.

For more information on scheduled institutes email:


Erma Anderson is a former high mathematics and physics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow of the United States Senate. She was a Senior Program Officer with the Research Council assisting in the development of the National Science Education Standards and McAuliff Fellow with the National Foundation for Improvement of Education. She was a consultant with the Council for Basic Educations Schools Around the World Project, developing and implementing a protocol and series of professional development experiences that used student work to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. More recently she has been a consultant with international schools and the AERO project

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