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Venue: Riffa Views International School, Bahrain

Natalie Bolton

Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs; Assessment Literacy and Program Evaluation Consultant.

Full Bio

NATALIE BOLTON is an associate professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership and organizational development from the University of Louisville. She also has an M.A. in secondary education with emphasis in social studies education, and a B.A. in secondary education, social sciences.

Dr Bolton’s prior work experience includes serving as a middle school teacher, middle school assistant principal, state department social studies consultant, director of the Office of Civic Education and Engagement, University of Louisville, and assistant professor.

Dr Bolton’s research explores education policy, student achievement, and social studies/civic education. She has special interest in large-scale assessments, formative assessment, and standards-based education reform.

At UMSL, she teaches courses related to education research, quantitative statistics, and program evaluation and serves as a research methodologist on doctoral dissertation committees.

Dr Bolton demonstrates an unwavering commitment to students becoming successful learners by embedding formative assessment into her teaching practices. She was recognized in 2012 for UMSL's most prestigious teaching award, The Gerald and Deanne Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award.

Additionally, she works as an assessment consultant independently and with the Assessment Training Institute/Pearson and works with schools and education organizations in the U.S. and internationally on designing assessments (classroom and program), program evaluations, and assessment literacy practices.

Institute Description

Designing and Critiquing High Quality Assessments for Physical Education Programs

The purpose of this two-day institute is to enhance your knowledge of classroom assessment design. It will specifically focus on collaboratively working together as a learning community to deconstruct (ie, break down standards into learning targets that can be taught at the lesson level) K-12 physical education content standards into student-friendly learning targets in order to design high quality assessments

Designing assessments using diverse assessment methods will be a training focus (ie, selected response, written response, performance assessment task, and personal communication). Participants will receive assessment design tools (i.e., verb classification list, deconstruction template, guidelines and checklist by assessment method) and protocols to use during and after the training.

(Note: Participants who attended the NESA Winter Training Institute in 2015 with Carol Commodore on assessment literacy will enhance and apply the content presented by Dr Commodore.)

Target Audience

K-12 physical education educators and educational leaders.


Participants will. . .

  1. Deconstruct content standards into student-friendly learning targets.
  2. Design high-quality assessments.
  3. Critique assessments using assessment method guidelines.
  4. Establish a physical education learning community to share, critique, and design K-12 physical education assessments.

Advance Prep/Prereqs

Participants should have knowledge of content standards used with K-12 physical education programming. (i.e. )

Please bring your laptop/tablet to this workshop.


Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference

(A) Designing and Critiquing High Quality Assessments for Physical Education Programs

(B) Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education

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