NATALIE BOLTON is an associate professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Louisville. She has an M.A. in secondary education with emphasis in social studies education, and a B.A. in secondary education from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Bolton’s work experiences include middle school teacher, middle school assistant principal, Kentucky Department of Education Social Studies Consultant, Director of the Office of Civic Education and Engagement and Assistant Professor, University of Louisville.
Dr. Bolton conducts research on assessment, program evaluation, and social studies/civic education. She teaches courses related to education research, quantitative statistics, program evaluation, and serves as a research methodologist on doctoral committees.
Additionally, she is an assessment and program evaluation consultant independently and with the Assessment Training Institute/Pearson. She works with schools and education organizations in the U.S. and internationally on designing assessments, program evaluations, and assessment literacy.
Designing Quality Assessments for Physical Education
Embedding Research-Based Assessment Practices with the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Standards
(In coordination with NESA's Physical Education Collaborative)
Participants will engage in whole group and small group activities during a two-day institute exploring a variety of ways to embed research-based assessment strategies into their classroom practice. Specific strategies will include the use of models, feedback, self-assessment and goal setting, addressing misconceptions, and students tracking, reflecting, and communicating their learning aligned with SHAPE standards and grade level outcomes.
Assessment design will also be a focus in which participants will create an online bank of assessment items aligned with SHAPE standards and grade level outcomes using a variety of assessment methods (selected response, written response, performance assessment tasks, and personal communication).
Specific emphasis will be placed on participants discussing ways to assess SHAPE Standard 5: "The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction".
Participants will also spend time reviewing and using tools and protocols to critique assessment items based on the assessment method used (selected response, written response, performance assessment tasks, and personal communication).
Explain a variety of ways to embed research-based assessment practices into classroom practice.
Analyze SHAPE grade level outcomes to determine appropriate methods to assess outcomes.
Design high quality assessment items and tasks aligned with SHAPE grade level outcomes.
Discuss and determine appropriate methods to assess SHAPE standard 5 (The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction).