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Are you looking for innovative ways to integrate formative assessment into your classroom routine? Interactive read aloud is an essential part of the literacy classroom and yet often underutilized as an avenue for formative assessment. Join Natalie Mitchell for this hands-on, interactive workshop as we learn how to develop read aloud plans to collect informal data from students before, during, and after their read aloud. We will also explore how this formative assessment tool can be used across content areas. Get ready to discover the powerful combination of interactive read aloud and ongoing formative assessment to enhance student learning and understanding! Natalies’s expertise as a literacy consultant will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to seamlessly incorporate assessment into your read aloud sessions to gauge student comprehension and progress. 

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

Key Takeaways: 

  1. Discover practical techniques for incorporating formative assessment into interactive read aloud sessions, including questioning strategies, think-aloud protocols, and response activities. 
  2. Learn how to use read aloud sessions to assess students' comprehension, vocabulary development, inferential thinking, and other critical reading skills.  
  3. Explore ways to use technology and digital tools to enhance formative assessment during read aloud sessions, such as interactive whiteboards, polling apps, and multimedia resources. 
  4. Gain insights into the benefits of ongoing formative assessment through interactive read aloud, including promoting student engagement, fostering a growth mindset, and informing instructional decisions. 

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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