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Overview: 

This two-part workshop prepares instructors to create and use formative assessment as part of their daily standards-based instruction. In Part 1, participants learn about the basics of formative assessment and consider formative assessment approaches; in Part 2, participants use a guiding process to create new assessments for their own standards-based lessons.

Audience: 

This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Reading, math, and ESOL teachers at all levels
Description: 

This new two-part training on formative assessment, developed by Andy Nash, Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center, prepares instructors to create and use formative assessment as part of daily standards-based instruction. Formative assessment helps teachers and learners consider what to look for as signs of learning progress, how to capture that evidence, and how to intentionally use it to improve learning. The training is taught over one day—Part 1 in the morning, and Part 2 in the afternoon.

Part 1 is facilitated by Andy Nash. In this session, you will learn about the basics of formative assessment and consider various formative assessment approaches.

Part 2 is content-based, focusing on reading, math, or ESOL, and will be facilitated by content experts in each field: Joan Shottenfeld will facilitate the Reading session, Sara Lonberg-Lew will facilitate the Math session, and Laura Porter will facilitate the ESOL session. In Part 2, you will learn to use a guiding process to create new assessments in either reading, math, or ESOL for your own lessons, based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE).

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Define formative assessment and explain its role in adult learning (Part 1)
  • Create standards-aligned formative assessment tools and processes as part of daily instruction (Part 1)
  • Use the development and results of formative assessments to help students understand their own progress and performance (Part 1)
  • Develop CCRSAE-aligned formative assessment tools and processes for your content area of reading, math, or ESOL (Part 2)
  • Create unit- or lesson-specific formative assessments that provide information on what students know and can do (Part 2)
Prerequisites: 
  • Read a short research brief about formative assessment in adult education
  • Bring a lesson you are preparing and for which you would like to plan formative assessment
Date: 
11/03/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 
World Education
44 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210
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Topic Area: 
Assessment