Karen Rucker, M.S.
ECE Master Trainer


K4:  Assessment

Interested in a topic not listed? Contact the instructor, Karen Rucker, regarding the possibility of customizing a session to address your center's specific professional development needs or to address a specific age group. For additional information, click on the Contact tab or send an email to  or call 717-314-8368.

All Age Groups

Observing Young Children (2 hrs - K4.14 C1 & K4.15 C2 and STARS SQ.3.4.8):  Observation provides a window into the child's thinking  processes, interests, skills and abilities.  Learn how to use anecdotal notes  to record observations of young children and discuss how this valuable information can be used to inform program decisions and the assessment of children.  Video clips used to practice observation skills.

Using Portfolios to Document and Support Children's Development (2 hrs - K4.16 C1 & K4.17 C2):  A portfolio captures children's development over time and provides concrete evidence of their thinking processes.  Participants will learn how to set up portfolios and how they can be used not only as a tool to illustrate development, but also as a guide to program planning and partnering with families.

Strategies to Observe and Assess Children (3 hrs - K4 C2):  A whole-child focus when using classroom-based assessment is optimal when it reflects authentic evidence about all domains of development and learning.  Successful assessment includes the establishment of an organized, mindful system of data collection and analysis.  Topics include how to differentiate between judgmental or interpretative evidence; planning for assessment on a daily basis, being  strategic about carrying out classroom-based assessment and using a team approach.  Based on a NAEYC training module, this session utilizes multiple methods of instruction, including video clips.

The following session is currently in revision and will be available in September:
Honing Observation and Assessment Skills (2 hrs - K4.14 C1, K4.15 C1, K4.16 C2 & K4.16 C3 and STARS SQ.3.4.8)  Designed for the practitioner who is already conducting observations and assessment, this professional development session focuses on exercises to hone observation and assessment skills, including activities to promote detailed, objective observations that reflect children's experiences and developmental progress in multiple domains.