Formative Assessment

Formative Assessment


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“If we want our students to thrive in the complex, unpredictable world of the 21st century,” writes formative assessment expert Dylan William, “we must concentrate on increasing educational achievement by increasing the quality of the teachers in our schools.” And that begins by incorporating regular formative assessment into the classroom. You’ll see your instruction strengthened and student learning improved—during the learning process.

Many teachers fear that devoting time to check for understanding along the way comes at a sacrifice of the curriculum and the ability to cover more, more, more. In reality, formative assessment provides the opportunity for teachers to make adjustments to their instruction minute-by-minute, day-by-day and allows for students to engage more meaningfully with the information. You’ll be able to determine what your students already know, what they need to know, and what kind of instruction will prove most effective.

In this workshop, we’ll investigate how to create the most effective learning environment through the use of: classroom questioning, learning intentions and success criteria, feedback, collaborative and cooperative learning, and self-regulated learning. You’ll leave with not only the techniques for effective classroom formative assessment, but also an understanding of how to use them to improve teacher practice and student achievement.

Formative Assessment Flyer

For more information, download this pdf flyer.


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Registration Details


Jennifer Mitchell




Early Bird Pricing $189 *
Standard $209

* Early bird discount! Register 15 days in advance.

Who Should Attend?

  • K-12 English-Language Arts Teachers
  • K-12 Content-Area Teachers
  • Literacy coaches and coordinators
  • Title I teachers and directors
  • ELL teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • K-12 gifted and talented teachers
  • K-12 administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, Curriculum Directors)


  • Early bird discount! Register 15 days in advance.
  • For room reservations, please mention “Strobel Education” to receive a discounted rate.
  • Save $10/person: When you register with a team of 3 or more! Contact us to make arrangements  for registration.
  • Administrators attend FREE! With paid registration of at least one staff member, ONE administrator (building principal, assistant principal, curriculum director, or superintendent) may attend workshop at no charge. (Registration is still required and substitutions are not permitted.)

Continuing Education Credit/PGP

Participants may receive credit for 6 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. At the conclusion of the day, or after online evaluations have been completed, attendees will receive a certificate of completion which can be used to verify attendance.



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  • Formative Assessment: What It Is and What It Isn’t
  • Implement short-cycle formative assessment to improve learning
  • Strategies and techniques for formative assessment
  • Practical techniques for classroom formative assessment
  • Clarifying, sharing, and understanding learning intentions and success criteria
  • Engineering productive discussion and activities that elicit evidence of learning
  • Providing feedback that moves learners forward


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  • Activating students as learning resources for each other
  • Activating students as owners of their learning
  • Exploring in-depth use of classroom questioning
  • Demonstrating techniques for formative assessment of learners
  • Activities that build understanding: interactive writing, audience response systems, interactive hand signals, public performances, and more
  • Supporting teachers in changing practice


Jennifer Mitchell

Presenter: Jennifer Mitchell

In her 17 years as an educator, Jennifer has been a special education teacher, a Title 1 director, and is now Assistant Principal at Perry Central (Indiana) Elementary School. She is passionate about education and learning and brings that passion to her sessions with teachers. An optimist by nature, she looks for the best in students and teachers alike and strives to provide the individualized guidance and support they need.

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