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Making Room for the Personal: A New Vision for Reading Assessment (On Demand Web Seminar)

Non-Member Price: $99.00

NCTE Member Price: $49.00

Presenter(s): Jennifer Buehler

This On Demand Web seminar recording includes all audio, video, and supplementary resources from the Live presentation.

Access to the recording is available in your Digital Locker after purchase.

The live event will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017.  

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Level(s): Middle, Secondary


The NCTE Policy Research Brief Reading Instruction for All Students (pdf) tells us that motivation and engagement serve as the foundation for student growth in reading. Personal connections with books and authors help students to fall in love with reading and become agents of their own reading lives. Yet it’s this personal dimension of reading that our classroom assessments are least likely to consider. The fact is, traditional forms of assessment capture only a fraction of who students are and what they can do as readers.

If we want students to develop the skill to read closely and critically—along with the desire to read for their own purposes—then we must commit ourselves to valuing both the analytical and the personal in reading assessment.

In this interactive Web seminar, Jennifer Buehler (author of Teaching Reading with YA Literature) will introduce participants to a new framework for assessment—one that is simultaneously personal, social, analytical, and flexible. Participants will explore teaching and learning possibilities across a set of specific assessment activities that capitalize on students’ desire for voice, choice, and connection in the English classroom. 


Jennifer Buehler PhotoJennifer Buehler is an associate professor of English education at Saint Louis University, where she teaches courses on young adult literature, writing pedagogy, secondary English methods, content literacy, urban education, and ethnography. She was the 2016 president of ALAN, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English. 


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