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Elementary Writing Week: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Wild West of Assessing Writing Subskills and Written Expression in Grades K-3

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Elementary Writing Week

Presented by Gary A. Troia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor of Special Education, Michigan State University
Moderated by Alisa VanHekken, Chief Academic Officer, Heggerty

Sponsored by Heggerty

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This edWebinar with Dr. Gary Troia explores factors that affect the reliable and valid assessment of writing in grades K-3. Best practices for designing effective prompts and rubrics to counteract common pitfalls in qualitative writing assessment are discussed. Dr. Troia also discusses the application of a levels-of-language framework for examining student performance and growth in writing subskills, especially in students who struggle with such skills.

This session is the second edWebinar in Heggerty’s three-part Elementary Writing Week, a series that aims to empower educators with practical techniques and insights to cultivate strong writing foundations among elementary students.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-3 teachers, literacy specialists, curriculum coordinators, and school leaders.

Gary Troia

About the Presenter

Gary A. Troia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Associate Professor of Special Education at Michigan State University. Prior to receiving his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 2000, he worked 10 years in the public schools as a special educator and speech-language pathologist, and six years as a university clinical supervisor. Dr. Troia is co-editor of the journal Topics in Language Disorders and serves on the editorial boards of several top special education journals. With colleagues Froma Roth and Colleen Worthington, he developed a phonological awareness intervention program for young at-risk children called Promoting Awareness of Speech Sounds (PASS), published by Attainment Company. With fellow researchers Lori Skibbe and Ryan Bowles and funding through the Institute of Education Sciences, he has developed an online phonological awareness assessment for young children with complex communication needs called ATLAS-PA, one component of the Access to Literacy Assessment System. Dr. Troia has authored over 70 research papers, book chapters, and white papers and has given numerous presentations about his work in the areas of phonological processing and awareness, writing assessment and instruction, and teacher professional development in literacy. He has been awarded over $6.5 million in intramural and extramural grants and contracts.

Alisa VanHekken

About the Moderator

Alisa VanHekken is an experienced teacher and reading specialist. Alisa taught kindergarten and first grade and provided reading support services as a reading specialist. She holds a master’s degree in reading and literacy, along with an ESL endorsement and an administrative endorsement. Alisa was trained in the phonemic awareness curriculum by Dr. Heggerty himself and worked closely with him for over six years. Alisa began working at Heggerty in 2013 and serves as the Chief Academic Officer. She is the co-author of Bridge the Gap and the Early Pre-Kindergarten curricula.

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Heggerty is a literacy education company providing research-based reading and writing curricula for preschool and elementary classrooms. Founded nearly 20 years ago by Dr. Michael Heggerty, a reading instruction pioneer, we provide digital and print curricula, decodable books, classroom resources, and professional development to help educators empower the next generation of readers.

Elementary Writing Week

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