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through Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Assessment


Paul J. Bloomberg • Kara Vandas • Ingrid Twyman • Vivett Dukes • Rachel Carrillo Fairchild • Connie Hamilton • Isaac Wells

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Amplify Learner Voice pushes back against traditional assessment and grading practices that continue to be an inequitable endeavor for our nation’s learners; traditional classroom practices continue to sort and label students by characterizing them by "what they need to work on" or ‘lack.'

In this book, seven authors and The Core Collaborative’s partner schools reimagine formative assessment through an asset-based, cultural lens to make a greater impact on learning and our shared humanity.

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From the Authors

“This book blends culture and instruction. Too often these topics are addressed in isolation. Collectively, we worked hard to provide insight to educators on how culture is infused in teaching and learning.”

– Connie Hamilton (7 Mindshifts for School Leaders)

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Meet The Authors

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Rachel Carrillo Fairchild

Rachel Carrillo Fairchild is a Partner Consultant with The Core Collaborative. Rachel brings with her 19 years of education experience, she has been a classroom teacher, mathematics coach and resource teacher as well as a school leader.

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Connie Hamilton Ed.S. has more than two decades in education as teacher, instructional coach, elementary/secondary principal and K-12 district administrator. She is an international educational consultant and presenter, and the author of five books for teachers and leaders, including the best seller, Hacking Questions.

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Isaac Wells

Isaac Wells is the Director of Professional Learning with the Core Collaborative. Prior to his work at The Core Collaborative, he worked as a School Improvement Specialist and Instructional Coach for Henderson County Public Schools in North Carolina. He is able to transform research into practice and demonstrates this daily with the districts, schools, teachers, and students he serves.

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Dr. Paul Bloomberg

Dr. Paul Bloomberg is the Founder and CEO of the Core Collaborative Learning Network. He co-wrote the bestseller Leading Impact Teams with his bestie

Barb Pitchford.

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Kara Vandas is a Partner Consultant at The Core Collaborative, and is co-author of the wildly popular bestselling book Clarity for Learning: 5 Essential Practices that Empower Students and Teachers.

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Dr. Ingrid Twyman

Dr. Ingrid Twyman is a partner consultant with the Core Collaborative. Ingrid is extremely passionate about building teacher and leader capacity to enact culturally responsive practices and create cultures of equity so that all students receive access to a high quality education.

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Vivett Dukes is a Partner Consultant with The Core Collaborative. To Vivett, education is and will always be the key to improvement in all areas of life for members of the African diaspora and that equity in education coupled with mass incarceration are two of the biggest civil rights assaults facing our society currently.

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How do we take the theory of learner agency that is alive and growing in a school system and make it a reality?

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