Formative Assessment:
Classroom Strategies to Check for Understanding

Indianapolis, IN • Feb 9
Evansville, IN • Feb 16

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Workshop Overview

“If we want our students to thrive in the complex, unpredictable world of the 21st century,” writes formative assessment expert Dylan William, “we must concentrate on increasing educational achievement by increasing the quality of the teachers in our schools.” And that begins by incorporating regular formative assessment into the classroom. You’ll see your instruction strengthened and student learning improved—during the learning process.

Many teachers fear that devoting time to check for understanding along the way comes at a sacrifice of the curriculum and the ability to cover more, more, more. In reality, formative assessment provides the opportunity for teachers to make adjustments to their instruction minute-by-minute, day-by-day and allows for students to engage more meaningfully with the information. You’ll be able to determine what your students already know, what they need to know, and what kind of instruction will prove most effective.

In this workshop, we’ll investigate how to create the most effective learning environment through the use of: classroom questioning, learning intentions and success criteria, feedback, collaborative and cooperative learning, and self-regulated learning. You’ll leave with not only the techniques for effective classroom formative assessment, but also an understanding of how to use them to improve teacher practice and student achievement.

Winter 2017-18 Formative Assessment Flyer




Indianapolis, IN • Feb 9
Ritz Charles, Carmel

Evansville, IN • Feb 16
DoubleTree by Hilton


Early Bird $189*

Standard $209

*Early bird – Register 15 days in advance

K-12 English-Language Arts Teachers
K-12 Content-area Teachers
Literacy coaches and coordinators
Title I teachers and directors
ELL teachers
Special education teachers
K-12 gifted and talented teachers
K-12 administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, Curriculum Directors)

Early bird discount! Register 15 days in advance.
For room reservations please mention “STROBEL EDUCATION” to receive a discounted rate.
Save $10/person: When you register with a team of 3 or more! Contact us to make arrangements for registration.
Principals attend FREE: With paid registration of at least one staff member.

Participants may receive credit for 6 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. At the conclusion of the day, or after online evaluations have been completed, attendees will receive a certificate of completion which can be used to verify attendance.


Learning Outcomes


•Formative Assessment: What It Is and What It Isn’t
•Implement short-cycle formative assessment to improve learning
•Strategies and techniques for formative assessment
•Practical techniques for classroom formative assessment
•Clarifying, sharing, and understanding learning intentions and success criteria
•Engineering productive discussion and activities that elicit evidence of learning



•Providing feedback that moves learners forward
•Activating students as learning resources for each other
•Activating students as owners of their learning
•Exploring in-depth use of classroom questioning
•Demonstrating techniques for formative assessment of learners
•Activities that build understanding: interactive writing, audience response systems, interactive hand signals, public performances, and more
•Supporting teachers in changing practice


Presenter: Jennifer Mitchell


In her 17 years as an educator, Jennifer has been a special education teacher, a Title 1 director, and is now Assistant Principal at Perry Central (Indiana) Elementary School. She is passionate about education and learning and brings that passion to her sessions with teachers. An optimist by nature, she looks for the best in students and teachers alike and strives to provide the individualized guidance and support they need.


What people are saying about Jennifer…

“Jennifer Mitchell is an educator that leads with heart. You will hear content from a practitioner whose compassion has guided her to learn and implement strategies that best meet the needs of her students. She openly shares her knowledge in the spirit of collaboration with other leaders and teachers across the region. This session is extremely valuable and promises to impact your classroom or school immediately.”

~ Judy Bueckert, Executive Director, Southern Indiana Education Center


“Working alongside and learning from Jennifer for the past 10 years has been nothing short of enlightening and inspiring. She makes it easy to believe that ALL children can succeed. Jennifer’s knowledge spans the gamut of best practices in both academic and behavioral interventions, and she is always eager to share that knowledge in order to empower the staff in her care. Her down to earth attitude makes her approachable and a joy to learn from.”

~ Shelly Kunkel, Intensive Behaviorist-Behavioral Specialist, Exceptional Children’s Cooperative


“Jennifer Mitchell is a phenomenal presenter. Her passion and knowledge about formative assessments in the classroom is contagious. I could not wait to return to my school and share with others what I learned. Her training is time well spent. I would recommend her to anyone!”

~ Jody French, Principal, Perry Central Jr-Sr High School



  • Kim Strobel is a dedicated educator who understands what teachers need. Her magnetic personality and genuine presentation style captivate audiences everywhere she goes. Her enthusiasm is contagious. You’ll love her!

  • The buzz sweeping the education world about Kim Strobel is real. And, it’s no surprise that teachers and administrators are lining up to see her presentations. Simply put, she’s absolutely fantastic. Not only is she a thought leader and expert in her field, but more than that, she’s deeply passionate about helping teachers make a lifelong difference in the lives of students.

  • Kim is so energetic and enthusiastic that she won us over from the very beginning. She is refreshing and her knowledge and ability to explain is wonderful. I left feeling motivated to reenter the classroom, and summer has just begun!

    B. Arnold, Elementary Teacher
  • I’m telling you, this literacy trainer is awesome! If you have a chance to attend yourself and/or get teachers to go, it would be extremely worth it. I contracted with her several times when I was the professional development coordinator for the Southern Indiana Education Center, and the teachers and literacy coaches who attended couldn’t get enough of her!

    R. Moore, Director of Education in Indiana
  • Simply put, I have never worked with a consultant that so completely wins over all teachers and so quickly influences their thinking and teaching strategies

    P. White, Superintendent