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Tools and Strategies for Formative Assessment

In this video, Dr. Stripling discusses the importance of formative assessments to propel student learning. In her article, "Teaching in the Zone: Formative Assessments for Critical Thinking," Leslie K. Maniotes applies the concept of formative assessment to the arena of critical thinking skills, taking a close look at how observation can be an effective tool. In their article "Dynamic Data and Assessment," Cynthia Stogdill and Lynn Kleinmeyer share some no-tech and yes-tech tools to help quickly visualize where students stand in their learning. After reading the articles, complete the reflection activity below.



After reading the "Teaching in the Zone," and "Dynamic Data and Assessment," use the workshop packet to list some of the formative assessment strategies or tools you'd like to try in your library and/or share with teachers at your school

About the Author

Barbara K. Stripling, PhD, is Senior Associate Dean and associate professor emerita at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. She earned her doctorate in information management from Syracuse University. Stripling is the author of numerous books and articles on school libraries, advocacy, inquiry, assessment, learning, and primary sources.

Stripling was the 2013–2014 president of the American Library Association. Previously, in her 40-year library career, Stripling has been Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City. Stripling is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians.

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"Assessing to Empower Learners: Tools and Strategies for Formative Assessment." School Library Connection, November 2019,
"Assessing to Empower Learners: Tools and Strategies for Formative Assessment." School Library Connection, November 2019.
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