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Using Feedback Loops To Regulate and Accelerate Student Learning


17th & 18th February 2018


Teachers are often dissatisfied with the rate and degree of improvement in their students’ work. How can students be better supported to know what to do next or differently as they work towards a learning target?  One answer is to create more feedback loops.  

The human body depends on feedback loops to maintain proper functioning.  Feedback loops are universal in the field of science and engineering as without them outputs that fail to meet the desired outcome can not be detected and corrected.   The role of feedback loops in teaching and learning is equally important.  Feedback loops monitor and respond to student outputs frequently thus reducing the degree of drift from the learning target.  Students respond positively to more frequent feedback  because the information generated affords them the opportunity to make smaller corrective actions rather than burdening both student and teacher with more complicated corrective actions at a later stage in the learning process and at a point where there may not be enough time.  

In this institute, participants will learn about feedback as defined by educational researchers such as John Hattie, Grant Wiggins and Dylan Williams, and apply the steps involved in creating and using more feedback loops.

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Registration Details


  Full Members Affiliate Members Individual Member
Early Bird Rate (19th December 2017 $ 415 $ 435 $435
Full Registration $ 435 $ 460 $460

Cancellation Date

Any cancellation received in writing before 17th January 2018 is eligible for a refund, less a $25 administration fee

View our cancellation policy.

Maximum Number of Participants

30 participants 

Institute Details

The aim of the institute is to increase student learning and achievement by increasing teachers’ frequent and skillful use of feedback in the classroom.

Key learning outcomes:

  1. to explain what feedback loops are and how they help students close the gap between their current performance and the target performance

  2. to embed structures in your teaching practice that enable feedback loops

  3. to analyse students’ work to identify gaps in knowledge and plan the instructional response to address those gaps

  4. to design corrective instruction that offers alternate ways to acquire a concept or skill

Daily Programme

Day 1: 9.00 - 15.00

Day 2: 9.00 - 15.00

Target Audience

Teachers, Curriculum Leaders, Tech Coaches

Proficiency Level

Embed & Sustain

Entry Pre-Requisites

It is expected that delegates will have an understanding of:

  • the distinctions between diagnostic, formative and summative assessments
  • the role of formative assessment in supporting teaching and learning
  • when and how to use lesson objectives in planning and teaching


Elizabeth Imende-Cooney

Elizabeth ImendeElizabeth Imende-Cooney is founder and director of Advancing Educators. She earned her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and her Ed.M. in Teaching & Learning from Harvard University and was licensed as a staff developer by Research for Better Teaching, the organization with the longest and most successful track record of any professional development provider in the United States for building in-house professional development capacity to ensure skillful teaching.

With over a decade of experience in her field, Elizabeth has led over two thousand educators and administrators in programs of study. In her work, Elizabeth helps schools to institutionalize the study and application of research-based instructional practices that improve student learning and increase educators’ confidence and skill in analysing their practice.

Elizabeth also designs and presents professional development programs in a way that fosters the development of professional learning communities within schools. In addition to her work in American public and private schools, Elizabeth has consulted for schools and educational organizations in Latin America, Europe, Asia, East and Southern Africa and presented on a range of educational topics including systems change, backward design and curriculum planning, thinking skills, instructional clarity, feedback loops, student-centered learning and global citizenship.


Visa and Health

Refer to the South Africa VISA Information and Exemptions

Host School

American International School of Cape Town will host this institute.

The host school will arrange daily transfers from the hotel to the school.


Hotel Name: Stillness ManorStillness Manor Cape Town

Physical Address: 16 Debaren Close, Tokai, Cape Town

Phone No: +27 21 713 8822

Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast per night): US$110

Booking Process

Participants to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. copied to Saige Robinson on email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Participants must inform Saige they are booking on the AISCT reduced rates. 

Airport Transfers

1. Contact Citi Shuttle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +27-861114557. Rates are between R380 - R500
2.Uber is available in Cape Town and you can book for your transfers on arrival through the Mobile App.