African American, Latinx, Indigenous, and low SES students are grossly underrepresented in gifted programs across the US. In this comprehensive research-based article, Wren describes how the methods used to identify students for gifted services have perpetuated the problem.
"Performance assessment and deeper learning are twin themes in this book. The authors explain how high-quality performance tasks and rubrics can support student thinking, teacher understanding of student thinking, and further learning."
Susan M. Brookhart, Ph.D.
The school board of Virginia Beach City Public Schools charged district staff with "teaching and assessing those skills our students need to thrive as 21st century learners, workers, and citizens." This article provides an overview of the journey undertaken to accomplish the difficult task.
Data-driven instructional planning is a valuable tool to optimize student learning. Abbott and Wren discuss the results of a study that examined how students' performance task responses are used to inform instruction in middle schools.
This article tells the story of the first 5 years of the Virginia Beach's Integrated Performance Task, a districtwide assessment designed to measure 4th- and 7th-grade students' critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication.
Increased testing of students necessitated a reliable scale to measure children's test anxiety. The article describes Wren's Children’s Test Anxiety Scale, which is still used worldwide by counselors, educators, psychologists, and researchers.
Writing for Your Genealogy Today magazine, Doug Wren describes how he used DNA test
results and genealogy site resources to identify his paternal grandfather. (Nonfiction)
Doug has also written for Clever Magazine, "the ezine for the neglected demographic."
This short story appears at the bottom of the titles listed under "ENCORE!" (Fiction)
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