Gradual Release of Responsibility showcases a number of classrooms where teachers have incorporated the stages of the Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model, which provides a continuum of support for students as they learn new concepts & skills. Footage from several different classrooms demonstrates the respective roles of direct and explicit instruction, shared and guided practice, and independent student work. Throughout these stages, teachers embed active and responsive assessment for learning.
Assessment demonstrates teacher-led, self, and peer assessment strategies which effective teachers use to determine what students know already and what they need next on the way to meeting learning outcomes. The segment showcases a range of classrooms, subject areas, and grade levels in which teachers have planned and implemented assessment for learning in a variety of responsive ways. It also shows how teachers use the evidence they collect to shape instruction and to determine next steps.