Assessing Writers in High School ELA: A Focus on Feedback and Process

Facilitator: Sarah Zerwin

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Jan 20, 2022 (9:00 am to 11:00 am MDT)
Day 2Jan 28, 2022 (9:00 am to 11:00 am MDT)
$30.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-LI-112
Focus: Assessment Curriculum Implementation English Language Arts High School Completion Literacy

Target Audience

High School English Language Arts teachers

About this Learning Opportunity

Join High School English teacher and author, Sarah Zerwin -- Point-Less: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading, -- for this empowering two-part series.  As Sarah shares her own journey toward shifting her focus to process and feedback, and away from points and grades, she provides teachers with practical resources, tools and examples. Each 2-hour session will help English teachers revisit and reconsider their own classroom assessment and grading practices. 

Prepare to be inspired and challenged as Sarah pushes our thinking around how we might:

  • shift students’ attention away from the points associated with an assignment and on to what they can actually learn from an assignment.
  • build a greater sense of student agency over their own learning.
  • transition to more meaningful assessment with a framework for replacing points with specific feedback, using your same electronic gradebook
  • manage descriptive data and feedback
  • address obstacles and objections from parents, administrators, and students
  • attend to issues of inclusion and equity in our planning for more authentic assessment and instruction


* Please note this session will be recorded for registered participants to view for 30 days after the final session date.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Sarah M. Zerwin is a language arts teacher and instructional coach at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. In over two decades in the classroom, she has worked to focus students on driving their own learning experiences as readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators.