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Are you seeking practical strategies to leverage pre-assessment techniques to assess student writing and guide meaningful next steps? Pre-assessment allows teachers to gather baseline data on students' writing skills, strengths, and areas for growth before diving into instruction. Join Natalie Mitchell for this hands-on, interactive workshop as we explore how writing pre-assessments can be a window into students' areas of success and growth as well as how we can use those same assessments to collect various bits of information across the writing process. Get ready to transform your approach to assessing student writing and unlock powerful next steps for your students' growth as writers! Natalies’s expertise as a literacy consultant will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to analyze student writing and identify patterns, misconceptions, and specific areas of need to meet students where they are in their writing development. 

This is workshop two of three for the series titled “Unlocking Student Potential: Harnessing the Power of Ongoing Formative Assessment in Teaching Practices.” 

Key Takeaways:  

  1. Explore effective techniques for assessing student writing, including holistic scoring rubrics, analytic scoring guides, and portfolio assessments. 
  2. Learn how to use pre-assessment strategies, such as diagnostic writing prompts, writing samples, and self-assessment tools, to gather valuable insights into students' writing abilities and needs.  
  3. Discover practical strategies for analyzing student writing to identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for growth, and for providing targeted feedback and support.  
  4. Gain insights into the importance of ongoing assessment and feedback in fostering continuous growth and improvement in students' writing skills. 

Workshop Details: 

While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on demand and earn up to three continuing education credits. 

Special Technology Instructions: 

Attendees will need access to an internet-enabled device and a personal Google account (not affiliated with their school). SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.


Participants will have communication and collaboration and opportunities throughout the training to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.  

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