Learning Focused Instruction and Assessment

October 7-8, 2017

American School in Taichung

Workshop Overview

The workshop approaches ‘learning’ through a practical lens. It aims to consolidate a range of research around learning and present it in a manner that makes practical sense to educators. The workshop first establishes a common “understanding” of learning and then applies this understanding to rethink instruction and assessment within a UbD framework. Participants will reflect on their own practice and receive feedback that helps them further refine their practices and shape their identity as educators.

The workshop uses the ‘learning lens’ to address several core questions, such as:

  • How do we know when learning is happening with our students? What do we look for?
  • How do we act when our intended learning isn’t accessible, or is too easy for our students?
  • What is worth learning and how do we know?
  • How do we design units and learning experiences that address the ‘non-negotiable’ curriculum and allow for whitespace and student autonomy?
  • What are the ‘look fors’ when it comes to further improving instructional practices?
  • What type of feedback is most meaningful for students?
  • How best do we observe learning when visiting other classrooms? How can we have meaningful conversation about what we observed?

Workshop Goals and Takeaways

  • Develop the ability to define learning and to know when and how it is happening. This skill helps teachers and administrators develop confidence in knowing, in real time, when learning is happening. It also enables them to respond when learning isn’t at the ‘right’ level for the students.
  • Develop understanding of what is worth learning and how that might fit in the ‘non-negotiable’ curriculum. Several leading organizations and educational experts have studied this area at length. This workshop will share a summary of this research and provide participants with tools to use in their lessons.
  • Be able to plan learning experiences, within the UbD framework, that are most appropriate to the type of desired learning.
  • Reflect on their instructional and assessment practices and consider possible enhancements to make these more learning-focused.
  • Refine what teacher and student autonomy within the ‘non-negotiable’ curriculum might mean. This aspect of learning is key to the development of life-worthy skills.
  • Develop the ability to give meaningful feedback on learning.


Rami Madani is the Director of Learning at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that he worked in international schools in Yemen, Zambia, and India, serving students and faculty at all school levels. He has taught subjects ranging from Mathematics to Music to Theory of Knowledge. He served as a secondary school principal, dean of students, and department head in various international schools. Rami has designed a variety of professional development and training programs for teachers. In addition, he is an IB Diploma consultant and is passionate about aligning a school's systems with its mission, and ensuring that teaching and learning is the focus of what schools do. Rami presents at conferences and works with schools on areas related to curriculum, assessment and instruction. His primary focus is on nurturing minds, empowering educators, refining systems and tools to support student growth.

Additional Information

Who Should Attend:

  • Elementary, middle, and high school classroom teachers
  • Elementary, middle, and high school curriculum and learning coaches
  • Elementary, middle, and high school administrators


  • This workshop has limited space. Please register as soon as possible to guarantee your participation.


  • The cost of the workshop is 50 USD or 1500 NTD for EARCOS schools. This fee covers the meals, snacks, and materials for the conference. The fee is $150 USD or $4500 NTD for non-EARCOS schools.
  • Please see the Payment Information for detailed instructions.


  • For any questions regarding the Weekend Workshop please contact Annie Tung atung@ast.tc.edu.tw.

21-1, Chu Yuan Lane, Beitun, Taichung, 40661 | Tel: 04-2239-7532 | Fax: 04-2239-4956

40661台中市北屯區苧園巷21之1號 | 電話: 04-2239-7532 | 傳真: 04-2239-4956