Strategies for the Effective Formative Assessment and Instruction of English Learners

Wednesday, August 8, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. ● Molloy College, Rockville Centre Campus

Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner

Conference Description
In this interactive session, participants will consider how formative assessment is unique for English learners. They will explore how the formative assessment process is enacted for ELs and will consider different types of formative assessments and their applicability for ELs. They will take a deeper look at how validity can affect formative assessment results for ELs. They will apply a framework to analyze authentic formative assessment student data in order to make the connection between assessment and instruction so they can plan specific instructional supports for ELs. They will be able to determine scaffolds for ELs' based on their level of English proficiency. Throughout the session, participants will build the collaboration, advocacy, and leadership skills that are needed if we are to fully support our English learners. After all, any one of us with at least one student acquiring English is now a teacher of ELs.

Learningm Objectives
•   Design and use formative assessments with ELs to inform instruction
•   Explain the formative assessment process for ELs
•   Discuss validity considerations in creating formative assessments for ELs
•    Analyze formative assessment data to determine instructional supports for ELs
•   Create a formative assessment plan for ELs
•   Scaffold ELs' instruction across content and grade levels
•   Plan instruction based on formative assessment data
•   Map scaffolds to ELs' levels of English language proficiency

Please note that this conference is also part of a larger 4-day summer institute on, " Formative, Interim, and Summative Assessment Practices for Diverse Learners" Click here for further information). There is also a one-day conference on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 on, "Grading and Reporting Student Learning: Effective Policies and Practices " with Dr. Tom Guskey as the presenter Click here for further information.

Intended Audience:
K-12 teachers and administrators.

Speaker Bio: 

Diane Staehr Fenner, Ph.D., is the president of SupportEd. Diane founded SupportEd (formerly DSF Consulting) in 2011 as a way to serve all stakeholders who work to help ELs realize their full potential. At SupportEd, Diane serves as project lead for all the team's work and communicates directly with clients. Some recent projects include developing a suite of five blended EL professional development modules for the National Education Association, creating a set of English language proficiency standards for adults and an online training module for the U.S. Department Education in partnership with the American Institutes for Research, revising the P-12 Professional Teaching Standards for TESOL International Association, and providing ESOL program support and technical assistance to the Syracuse City School District (NY).

Diane is an author of four books, a blogger for the Colorín Colorado website, and a frequent keynote presenter on EL education at conferences across North America. Diane was a research associate at George Washington University's Center for Excellence and Equity in Education, spent a decade as an ESOL teacher, dual language assessment teacher, and ESOL assessment specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA, and taught English in Mexico and Germany. Diane earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Literacy at George Mason University. She earned her MAT in TESOL at the School for International Training and her Masters in German at Penn State University. She lives in Fairfax, VA with her husband, three elementary age kids who are in a Spanish immersion program in their public school, a dog, a few fish, and an elderly hamster. Diane speaks fluent Spanish and German, grew up on a dairy farm in New York State's Finger Lakes region, and is a first-generation college graduate.

The conference will be given in the Larini Room (Room 290A- Second Floor) in the Public Square Building on the Rockville Centre campus of Molloy College located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3554.

CTLE Credit
This conference is approved for 5 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE).  Click here for further information on the new CTLE requirements.

Conference Tuition Rates:
Early Registration, until April 27: $125
Regular Registration, April 28 until June 22: $150
Late Registration, after June 22: $175
Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $50
Non-Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $75
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

Tuition includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

There is also a one-day conference on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 on, "Grading and Reporting Student Learning: Effective Policies and Practices" with Dr. Tom Guskey presenting. Click here for further information. You may also enroll in both conferences on August 7 & 8, at the discounted rate of $225.

Please note that this conference is also part of a larger 4-day summer institute on, "Formative, Interim, and Summative Assessment Practices for Diverse Learners" (Click here for further information). You have the option to register for four days for 3 graduate credits for $900 (Click here to register, course number: EDU 524) or on a non-credit basis for $495 for 2 in-service credits (click here to register). To receive graduate credit, you must attend the institute each day, do work outside the classroom and complete a project that is due within two weeks of the last session. In-service credit is based upon attendance alone.

Conference Registration:
Click here to register online for the one-day conference (August 8). Click here to register online for both days (August 7 & 8).
Click here to register in person, by phone, fax or mail.

Please note that completing the information for this conference through a program such as My Learning Plan Inc. is mainly for you to receive permission to take this conference from your district. Once you receive permission to take the conference from your district you will still need to register for the conference. There is no connection between My Learning Plan Inc. and your official registration for this conference.

Please also note: if your district will be paying for you to attend the conference, we know that it can take some time before your district might issue a check. Therefore, it would be advisable for you to send in your registration first, even though the check from the district might not have been processed yet, to avoid being closed-out of the conference or to take advantage of the early registration discount. If multiple registrations from the same district will be paid through a purchase order, all the registrations should be sent at the same time.

Confirmation of your registration and travel directions will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us one week prior to the start of the conference. However, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge. 

Conference Details 
The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on this conference web page. We will also email out the conference information if you are on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online or contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: or by phone: 516.323.3554.