The Changing Face of Assessment in the Middle Level
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Join AMLE and April Zawlocki as we reveal how assessment and grading are changing in the middle grades and how we can support our students through our everyday practice! Get ready for practical, progressive ideas in this webinar!
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After graduating from Illinois State University in 2005, April began her career as a Title One English teacher at Limestone High School. While at Limestone, she effectively reworked the curriculum for the Title One program and raised student reading an average of 2 1/2 levels in only five months.
April then began teaching for District 204 at Scullen Middle School in Naperville. She taught eighth grade Reading at Scullen while she pursued her Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at North Central College.
In 2009, April had the opportunity to move within the district to open a new middle school. At Fischer, April implemented standards-based grading aligned to the Common Core Standards. She was also a member of the curriculum committee that wrote the new ELA curriculum aligned to the Common Core. Additionally, April lead a professional learning community that was centered around standards-based grading and its impact on student achievement.
Currently, April is an Assistant Professor of Education at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She teaches introductory level courses and oversees clinical observation hours of pre-service teachers. April is also pursuing her EdD in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Curriculum Leadership. She anticipates completing her dissertation on the topic of standards-based grading in 2016.
April has presented at numerous conferences including the Illinois Technology Education Conference sponsored by The Technology Education Association of Illinois and the Association of Illinois Middle Schools (AIMS) Summer Splash. She has also provided workshops on standards-based grading for middle school and high school teachers, as well as for college courses.