Teaching and learning for cognitive rigor demands students to demonstrate different levels of thinking and understand and use their depth of knowledge. However, what exactly is Depth of Knowledge? How do the DOK levels describe different ways students could understand and use their learning? In this training, you will learn how Depth of Knowledge clarifies the cognitive demand of academic standards, curricular activities, and assessment items. You will also learn how to use the DOK levels as a method and model for teaching and learning.
  • Recognize what exactly Depth of Knowledge is and how it clarifies the cognitive demand of academic standards, curricular activities, and test items.
  • Understand how Depth of Knowledge considers what exactly students must learn and confirms how deeply students must understand and use their learning in a certain context.
  • Use the DOK levels as a criterion for alignment studies, a measure of cognitive rigor, and a method and model to plan and provide teaching and learning experiences that are academically rigorous, socially and emotionally supportive, and student responsive.
  • Deconstruct the learning intention or objectives of academic standards to determine their DOK level based on the demand of the task students must complete, the mental processing students must perform, or the response students must provide.
  • Reconstruct the learning intention of academic standards into DOK Learning Targets that specify the mental processing – or DOK skill – students must perform.
  • Establish DOK Success Criteria that specify the extent of the response students must provide to curricular activities or test items that address or assess the standard.
Potential Audience
Educators from Grade K-12
Erik M. Francis
Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S., is an international author, educator, presenter, and professional development provider with over 25 years of experience working in education. He is the author of Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge: A Method and Model for Deeper Teaching and Learning published by Solution Tree and Now That’s a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by ASCD. He is consistently ranked as one of the World Top 30 Education Professionals by the international research organization Global Gurus.

Erik is the owner of Maverik Education, providing academic professional development, coaching, guidance, and support on how to develop rigorous learning environments and deliver engaging educational experiences. His areas of expertise include good questioning and inquiry, teaching and learning for depth of knowledge (Webb’s DOK), tiered instruction, authentic learning, differentiated instruction, personalized learning, standards-based grading and learning, and talent development. He has worked with educators in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and internationally on how to plan and provide teaching and learning experiences that are standards-based, socially and emotionally supportive, and student responsive.

Erik holds a Master’s of Education in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s of Science in Television/Radio/Film Production and Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication and Rhetoric from the University at Albany.

Erik lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his family.

Each Session is for 2 Hours

23rd February & 2nd, 9th March 2022
London 11:00 am | Zurich 12:00 pm | Dubai 3:00 pm | India 4:30 pm | Hong Kong 7:00 pm

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USD 300 Per Participant
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 8 Professional Development Hours.