Using Formative Assessments to Support ELs During Distance Learning

Registration is Now Open for Our Upcoming Virtual Professional Development (PD) Session

Are you struggling to meet the instructional needs of ELs during distance learning? Are you looking for new formative assessment strategies to add to your toolbox? This interactive session, designed for K-12 content and ESOL teachers, is an opportunity to explore formative assessment strategies that are effective during distance learning.

Live Virtual PD Session

November 11, 2020

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

During this 2-hour virtual PD session, you’ll have an opportunity to collaborate with other EL educators and share successes and challenges related to the use of formative assessment with ELs. Together, we’ll:

  • Define the benefits of using formative assessments for ELs during distance learning
  • Explore strategies for developing valid formative assessment for ELs during distance learning
  • Build a repertoire of formative assessments that are scaffolded for ELs during distance learning
  • Develop a plan to use the evidence collected from formative assessments to plan instruction for
    ELs during distance learning

All attendees of the live event will receive:

  A practical, downloadable instructional tools packet and resources to support you in this work 

  A certificate for two hours of professional development

Cost is $75 per participant payable through PayPal or PO/invoice.

Click below to learn more, register through PayPal, and enroll within minutes.

What to expect during the live event:

 Video enabled for presenter and participants

 Chat, polling, live Q&A with presenter

 Reflection questions and application activities 

 Breakout rooms for group collaboration


Sydney Snyder, Ph.D. is a Principal Associate at SupportEd. She has significant experience in developing and conducting interactive face to face and virtual professional development for teachers of ELs on such topics as research-based strategies to support ELs’ language development and content learning, effective formative assessment strategies for ELs, and culturally responsive instruction. She is currently collaborating with a group of middle school teachers to strengthen scaffolded instruction for ELs in a distance learning setting.

In addition to her work at SupportEd, Sydney co-authored a book with Diane Staehr Fenner entitled Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible (2017). Sydney is also a frequent presenter at conferences on topics related to EL education and advocacy.

Sydney brings extensive instructional experience, having taught ESOL/English as a Foreign Language for over 15 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education at George Mason University and her MAT in TESOL at the School for International Training.