Presenter: Colleen Boyle, Ph.D.
Core Area: Curricular Content Knowledge 3.3, 3.4; ODE Teacher Competency f, g; OAGC Lesson Design
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Differentiation doesn’t have to be hard! One of the best ways to support differentiation in your classroom is by using pre-assessment, which helps you address the individual needs of your students. In this 1-hour course presented by educator Dr. Colleen Boyle, you will learn about the purpose of pre-assessment and how to use pre-assessment data to plan differentiation in your classroom. Discover how you can improve your instruction using pre-assessment data for differentiation.  

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Differentiation is a key element that helps you address the individual needs of your students and empowers them to thrive academically. One of the best ways to support differentiation in your classroom is by using pre-assessment. In this course presented by educator Dr. Colleen Boyle, teachers will explore different types of pre-assessment data and learn to make decisions based on that data to plan differentiation in their classrooms. After taking this course, you will gain a deep understanding of the purpose and features of pre-assessment and how to incorporate it into your instruction.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn about:

  • Formal pre-assessments
  • Informal pre-assessments
  • Using data for differentiation
  • Using data for grouping
2016 ODE Teacher Competencies: f, g
NAGC Teacher Preparation Standard: 3.3, 3.4

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Presenter Bio

Dr. Colleen Boyle is the president of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. She has been an educator for more than 20 years, nearly all in gifted education in schools in Ohio and Texas as well as with the Department of Defense Education Activity. Dr. Boyle holds a B.S. in elementary education, an M.Ed. in gifted education and educational administration, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology. She currently serves as a supervisor of gifted and talented programs with Columbus City Schools. Dr. Boyle is a past president of Gifted Coordinators of Central Ohio. She enjoys working with educators and families to plan appropriate interventions for gifted learners. Her research interests include the social-emotional aspects of gifted learners, educational and psychological assessment, and giftedness within families. Dr. Boyle enjoys traveling and doting on her twin niece and nephew whenever she gets the chance.

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47 reviews for Pre-Assessment for Differentiation

  1. Noemi – FT SAM HOUSTON ISD (verified owner)

    The course was well versed.

  2. Heidi – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    I like the idea of the strategy “Most difficult first.”

  3. Abby – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    Great course!

  4. BRIANNA – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    She had great ideas and useful information. I just wish I could’ve seen the handouts of data to really make the course more useful.

  5. Robin – CARLISLE LOCAL (verified owner)

    She’s a great teacher that is easily understood and makes valid points for all students, not just the gifted.

  6. Kari – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    I really liked that the reflection questions of this class are about making classroom decisions based on different types of pre-assessments.

  7. Christina – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    It was interesting.

  8. Karen – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    This was a great course to take to help reinforce the importance of pretesting students. It gave some great suggestions that can be used in the classroom. Also, it helped explained what to do with the data that was collected.

  9. Stacy – CARDINAL LOCAL (verified owner)

    The course material was beneficial.

  10. Brittany – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    It was a nice course to learn a little more about why pre-assessment is so important for gifted learners.

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