Formative Feedback: Navigating the complexity of engaging student thinking

Using the Formative Assessment Process to Enhance Student Learning in an Online Environment

 We know effective, targeted and intentional feedback can have tremendous impact on student motivation and learning. The learning targets have been identified and evidence of student understanding have been collected. Now what? When teachers and students engage in formative feedback, either verbal or written, it is used to guide decisions and actions that move students closer to the target. How do teacher and student manage this essential component of learning in an online environment?


Outcome 1:  Understand the characteristics of formative feedback

Outcome 2:  Recognize the impact formative feedback has on student learning

Outcome 3: Attain an increased awareness of online tools that support formative feedback and its use

This webinar is the second in a series of events designed to support Michigan educators with the assessment challenges presented by online and remote learning. It is offered at no cost to educators by the Michigan Assessment Consortium and the Michigan Department of Education, as part of their collaborative Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME) program.


The first 250 participants to register will be able to participate in the live event. All registrants will have access to a webinar recording following the event and will receive event reminders and notices of future webinars and available resources.

For more information contact Karrie LaFave:

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Formative Feedback in an Online Environment

Presenter: Jay Schreur

Jay Schreur has been an educator for 7 years, spending his first year teaching abroad in a public brick and mortar school in Korea. For the past five years, he has been teaching at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy as a world history, economics, and contemporary world issues teacher. Jonathan has been a member of FAME (Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators) for almost four years, this being his first as a Coach. During previous summers, he has enjoyed leading and facilitating cross-cultural travel experiences for high school students.

Presenter: Lindsey Howe

Lindsey Howe has been an educator for 14 years. She spent her first eight years teaching in two different brick and mortar schools. For the past six years, she has taught at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, where she started as an English 9 and SAT prep teacher, moved into career development, and then began her current role as the high school literacy coach. Lindsey has been a FAME member for almost four years; this is her first year as a Coach. Lindsey has worked for many years to advocate for virtual teaching and to bridge the "gap" between virtual and brick and mortar.

Presenter: Ellen Vorenkamp

Ellen Vorenkamp contributes to the MAC professional Learning Committee and has served the FAME program since 2008 as a Learning Team member, Coach, and Lead. She currently serves as an Assessment Consultant at Wayne RESA, where she provides consulting and presentation services to Wayne County schools and districts on various assessment topics. She is the owner of MKJ Educational Consulting, LLC, which provides professional learning opportunities and consulting services to schools and districts outside Wayne County. 

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