The Missing Link: Strategies for Formative Assessment with English Language Learners

Discover the missing link in understanding the role of assessment in order to guide and enhance the learning experience for English language learners.

Join author Sonja Bloetner, M.A., as she clarifies how to truly integrate formative assessments, embedding them thoughtfully and authentically within lessons that cater to the needs of English language learners. Learn how to gather language data in the four domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing across the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Explore concrete examples of the language demands needed to prepare for a lesson, engage in a lesson, and to explicitly teach students through a lesson. Understand how using certain assessments and assessment tools help in collecting formative-assessment data. Effectively communicate these results and collaborate with content-area teachers to discuss the progress that English language learners are making toward attaining language proficiency in English.

Come away from this webinar feeling empowered in being able to see the complexities of language involved in your teaching and armed with the knowledge to guide your students in acquiring the complex language that ultimately impacts students' achievement in all content areas.

About the Presenter:

Sonja Bloetner, M.A., Pre-K-12 Supervisor of the Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), is a fourteen-year veteran in public education. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish. She also holds a master's degree in instructional systems design and development with certification in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), K-12, from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In her role as the ESOL Supervisor, she has coordinated and supervised the work of instructional specialists who are developing assessments and curriculum resources and has provided instructional support and professional development to school staff, including ESOL teachers, content teachers, and administrators at all levels. Sonja has developed ESOL curriculum guides that were published in MCPS and has published poetry in various literary journals.

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