Formative Assessment in Science

Instructional Practice to Deepen Understanding, K-12

Uncover and analyze pre-conceptions, and create bridges to new concepts using formative assessment strategies.

February 7, 2017

For Grades K-12 Teachers and Administrators

Presented by the SERESC STEM Center for Innovation and Excellence

Advancing STEM Education in New Hampshire!

Southeastern Regional Education Service Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110 603 206-6800

Working with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) to bring you this workshop.

Providing educational leadership; promoting educational excellence



Students come to the classroom with preconceptions about how the world works. There is a growing body of research showing if we do not gather and interpret evidence of students’ thinking, they will not build a bridge from their existing ideas to new concepts and information. So how do we uncover student ideas in science – and – what do we do once they’re revealed?

Join us as we learn how to use formative assessment to uncover and analyze student thinking about key science concepts; practice formative assessment strategies that inform teaching and deepen students’ understanding of science content; and apply techniques that integrate assessment with the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and CCSS Literacy Capacities.

Participants will receive a copy of Science Formative Assessment, Vol. 1 (2nd edition).


As a result of attending, Participants will:

  • Learn about formative assessment
  • Practice formative assessment strategies that inform teaching and deepen learning
  • Apply techniques that seamlessly integrate instruction and assessment

About the Presenter, Joyce Tugel

Joyce Tugel is a K-12 STEM Education Specialist at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA). Her work is primarily focused on teacher leadership, professional development in the areas of science curriculum, instruction and formative assessment, and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. Joyce is a co-author of two books in the NSTA Press Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series and editor of Notes from the Field – Teaching for Conceptual Change: Uncovering Student Thinking in Science Through Action Research. She partners with community-based learning initiatives to provide academic STEM support, and has served as the Project Director for multiple NOAA, Noyce, and Maine Math Science Partnership projects. Prior to coming to the MMSA in 2005, Joyce was a science professional development specialist at the TERC Eisenhower Regional Alliance for five years and taught high school chemistry and physical science for ten years. Prior to receiving her science teaching certification, Joyce was a researcher in environmental biogeochemistry at the University of New Hampshire.

Joyce serves on the National Science Education Leadership Association Board of Directors, and has served as the National Science Teachers Association District II Director and Professional Development Division Director. She is a Fellow of the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership. During her teaching career, Joyce received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching, the Milken Foundation National Distinguished Educator Award, and the New England Institute of Chemists Secondary Teaching Award. Joyce received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.


Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 8:30 am

9:00 am .........Welcome and Introductions

9:15 am .........Introduction to Formative Assessment: The What, Why, and How

10:15 am ........Break

10:30 am .......Formative Assessment Strategies

11:45 am .......Working lunch at SERESC

12:30 pm........Even More Strategies

1:30 pm..........Looking at Student Work: Examining Student Thinking through Formative Assessment

2:30 pm...........Embedding Formative Assessment into Classroom Instruction

3:00 pm...........Adjourn

Cost and Registration Information

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for up to

6 contact hours

Cost is $275.00 and includes a copy of Science Formative Assessment, Vol. 1 (2nd edition). Early Registration Discounted Cost: $245.00, if registered by January 24, 2017 ---Enter discount code: early*registration

Registration ends January 31, 2017

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