Using Formative Reading Assessment to Enhance Content Area Learning
This resource is an archived webinar from the Literacy in Learning Exchange, a coalition of stakeholders representing experts and organizations in advancing literacy learning. This webinar presents formative assessment strategies for guiding literacy instruction in all content areas. It is led by two secondary-level educators from a school district in Champaign, Illinois: Scott Filkins and Cara Gutzmer. The webinar first covers the concept of formative assessment, then reviews keys to effective assessment (including understanding content literacy), and lastly presents strategies, tools, materials, and worked examples for teachers.
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In a little less than an hour, this webinar presents practical and useful strategies and activities for teachers to incorporate immediately into their classroom instruction. Although this resource is light on the research of formative assessment and literacy instruction, the content is based on what is known in the field about these two areas. In addition, the presenters are knowledgeable practitioners who provide several examples to illustrate their point. It’s unfortunate that the slides aren’t available for download; there are a few pages that would be nice to print out or have on hand for reference, such as the formative assessment definition and the differences between assessment types (i.e., summative, informative, and formative). However, you can quickly access each slide in the left hand column if needed. Overall, this webinar is a helpful resource for teachers who would like to incorporate more formative assessment literacy strategies into their instruction.