CRESST, as part of CSAI, is currently creating a professional learning series on Formative Assessment for Native American language instruction. Its focus is heritage language classrooms where students’ levels of language knowledge vary greatly from one to another. This work is based on the belief that it is important that instructors know where each student is on their language learning pathway, and then target language experiences that are matched to their levels. With formative assessment, teachers have the tools to do this work. It is only in connecting with students where they are on the pathway, that students are able to progress towards the goal of speaking their Native language.
Each professional learning module is made up of series of short videos about the different formative assessment elements intended to support teachers’ learning and application of formative assessment. These videos include practical examples from Native language classrooms. The module sections also include handouts to support formative assessment implementation and reflection, classroom video examples, and related articles. The modules can be utilized by individual learners and among professional learning communities.