Using Writing to Build Language and Communication Skills: Assessment


12/10/2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

12/10/2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday, Dec. 10
4-5 p.m. ET


In this program, you’ll learn about assessment techniques, including techniques for beginning writers of all ages, as well as how to use a multilevel language assessment model for students who are more advanced but still struggling. The speakers will discuss how to use assessment data to identify goals and plan individualized interventions.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Use assessment results from classroom writing probes to set goals to promote language and communication for students with a wide range of cognitive-linguistic strengths and needs
  • Compare and contrast uses of writing probe and analysis techniques to plan individualized goals to fit diverse students’ needs.

Presented By:

Janet SturmJanet Sturm is a professor in the department of Communication Disorders at Central Michigan University. Dr. Sturm's research and clinical interests include developing writing instruction for students with developmental disabilities, computer-supported literacy, tying together literacy assessments and instructional strategies, and classroom communication.


Nickola NelsonNickola Wolf Nelson is a professor in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Director of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD program at Western Michigan University. Dr. Nelson conducts research in language-literacy development and disorders. She is Editor of Topics in Language Disorders, an ASHA Fellow, and recipient of the Kleffner Clinical Career Award and Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.