About April

April began her teaching career in 2008, working primarily in Title I schools. Poor attendance was a frequent issue for her students, so she poured her energy into creating learning activities that were relevant, rooted in real life, and made them want to come to school. This led to her sharing her ideas online through a teacher blog and eventually online teacher training. In 2016, April left the classroom to coach teachers online and work with districts to enhance their curriculum. Her writing program, Simplify Writing®, is currently being used in 6,000 classrooms around the country.

Session Presentation

Title: Pre-Assessing Writing: How to Collect & Use Data to Drive This Year's Writing Instruction

Most pre-assessments are only used to compare data to a post-assessment. There's a big opportunity that most schools are missing when pre-assessing in writing: using the data as a planning and differentiation tool. In this training, you'll learn how to help your teachers pre-assess students in writing, and how to use the data to plan lessons that fill in the gaps and differentiate for all levels of writers.