Using Assessment to Inform Instruction

  • Using developmentally appropriate assessment to inform instruction, Pre-K & K.

    A workshop series on best practices for assessing young children presented by the Child & Family Policy Center, NYU Steinhardt

    Tracking learning in Pre-K and K calls for different strategies than used to evaluate elementary-age children. Gathering information on younger children calls for informed observation, collecting work samples over an extended period, and a grasp of how four and five-year-olds typically develop. Moreover, a successful transition from Pre-K to K calls for a shared understanding of tools and approaches.

    To assist school districts and community-based organization to more effectively assess children’s progress, the Long Island Pre-K Initiative is offering a four-part series for teams of up to five per district or CBO. To get the most out of the series, teams should include classroom staff from both Pre-K & K, plus a primary grade reading specialist, building or district-wide administrator, CBO director, or other related professional. All members of the group are expected to attend every workshop, and will be asked to bring children’s work samples to discuss together.

    Registration fee: $1,625 for a team of up to five people from a school district or community-based organization.
    This fee is BOCES aidable.

    Register online—click here

    Session One: Overview of Best Practice
    Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Nassau BOCES Administrative Center, Garden City

    This half-day kickoff session will set the foundation for the year-long professional learning series. There will be a review of research-based assessment practices, including formal and informal approaches, and an exploration of developmentally appropriate practice across the curriculum.

    Session Two: Focus on Supporting Language and Literacy Development
    Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch included)
    Western Suffolk BOCES Conference Center, Wyandanch

    Participants will spend time considering their individual strengths and challenges with assessment as it related to children’s language and literacy development. Another goal of this session is to create a space for Pre-K and kindergarten teachers to collaborate and discover developmentally appropriate ways to support language development. Educators will leave the workshop with a better understanding of assessment tools and knowledge of the resources available to support them.

    Session Three: Creating meaningful Opportunities to Support Math
    Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch included)
    Western Suffolk BOCES Conference Center, Wyandanch

    This session will explore the field of early childhood mathematics, which includes rich concepts such as space, shape, number sense, geometry and patterning. Young children may have informal understanding of these concepts, but discussion will be focused on finding teachable moments present across the classroom—e.g. during snack time, dramatic play, etc. By the end of the session, educators should be able to reflect and evaluate their current math assessment practices and develop strategies to increase best practice in the classroom.

    Session Four: Learning Through Science and Art
    Thursday, May 31, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (lunch included)
    Western Suffolk BOCES Conference Center, Wyandanch

    This session will explore the relationship between science and sensory art in supporting young children’s learning. In early childhood, most of our assessment practices focus on literacy or math skills. We will highlight the importance of supporting whole child development through a variety of centers and contexts. Few assessment tools exist to document young children’s progress in these areas; we will evaluate together which tools can be used to inform specialized knowledge instruction.

    Outcomes By the end of the series, team members will know: How to use high-quality developmentally appropriate assessment tools How the data cycle can be used in their classrooms How to identify opportunities to support whole child development How to support the transition from Pre-K to kindergarten.

    Lead presenters: Christina Medellin and Kelsey Keays, Child & Family Policy Center at NYU Steinhardt. Medellin and Keays will be joined by content area specialists and facilitators for each full-day session.

    The Child & Family Policy Center works with local agencies and organization to ensure that their programs provide all children and families the best care in the most effective, high-quality way.