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The ABC’s of Early Childhood Assessment: Managing the Bits and Pieces
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Presented by Brian Mowry Ph.D., Manager of Curriculum and Instruction, Frog Street Press
Hosted by Stephen Fite, Award-Winning Musician/Writer
Sponsored by Frog Street Press
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Assessing young children’s progress and development (that is, ascertaining what they know and how they know it) poses a variety of challenges. While children ages three to eight demonstrate incredible capacity for learning and processing copious amounts of information, the way they demonstrate this knowledge and the accompanying skills is contingent upon a variety of variables, such as their attention span, ability to plan and strategize, self-regulation, and motivation to perform in decontextualized contexts—e.g. standardized or timed tests—which occur outside of and apart from meaningful learning activities and authentic inquiry.
In this edWebinar, Brian Mowry, Ph.D., Manager of Curriculum and Instruction for Frog Street Press, reviews a developmentally appropriate framework for assessing young children and present ways to accomplish this arduous task through manageable, ongoing and authentic forms of documentation, including parent interviews and collaboration, work sampling, anecdotal records, digital artifacts, and clinical one-on-one interviews with the child. There will be time to get your questions answered after Dr. Mowry’s presentation. Early childhood educators, administrators, and program evaluators will benefit from attending this edWebinar.
About the Presenter
Dr. Brian Mowry serves as the manager of curriculum and instruction for Frog Street Press and is the lead author of Frog Street Preschool Math. In addition to his duties at Frog Street, Dr. Mowry has co-authored various scholarly articles in Young Children and Phi Delta Kappa, as well as an upcoming text called Rigorous DAP in the Early Years: From Theory to Practice from Red Leaf Press. He has also been a featured speaker at various national educational conferences, including NAEYC and NCTM. Before becoming an author and speaker, Dr. Mowry served 25 years in the Austin Independent School District as a bilingual preschool and kindergarten teacher, as well as a district level instructional specialist in mathematics and early childhood education. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in curriculum and instruction. His awards include Teacher of the Year, the Austin Association for the Education of Young Children’s 2011 Teacher Educator of the Year, and Austin’s E3 Alliance 2015 Architect of Educational Change for his work in promoting kindergarten readiness in the Central Texas region.
About the Host
Stephen Fite is an award-winning musician/writer whose albums have received eighteen nationally recognized honors. Suitable for the classroom, car or living room, his upbeat brand of children’s music has been delighting students, teachers and parents around the nation for three decades.
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