I would like to thank Sophie Brookover and Jessica Adler of LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, for inviting me to share today’s virtual presentation, “Getting There Together: Assessing Student Learning”, a session in which we explored the idea of reframing ourselves as learning specialists and how school librarians’ participation in the assessment of student learning is an integral part of the learning experience/process and essential for reflection and student metacognition. In this session, we explored:
1. Rationales for school librarians participating in the assessment of student learning and why we must take on that role if we are to claim our role as teachers in our learning communities
2. Formative and summative assessments as well as the importance of student self-assessment
3. Thinking about incorporating backwards design into the collaboration process as a means for creating conversations about assessment and student learning
I cannot thank the participants enough for their generous sharing of ideas, questions, experiences, and strategies as their engagement really created a powerful conversation for learning for all of us today. I’ll be sharing, thinking, and writing more about my role in the assessment of student learning in the upcoming months and how that role informs my collaboration with teachers and students, but until then, I’d like to share three resources to spark your thinking:
In addition, you can access additional readings (free on the web) and resources from today’s webinar wiki page.