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August 2021 Vol. 58 No. 12

Teachers College Press

The following review appeared in the August 2021 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Donovan, Lisa. Teacher as curator: formative assessment and arts-based strategies, by Lisa Donovan and Sarah Anderberg . Teachers College Press, 2020. 224p bibl index ISBN 9780807764497, $99.00; ISBN 9780807764480 pbk, $32.95; ISBN 9780807779149 ebook, $26.36.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the modality of online learning across the US, propelling educators to reexamine their students’ learning environments. As students try to reconnect with the traditional classroom, teachers are reflecting on the gaps between their students’ transformations and achievements resulting from virtual formats. Donavan (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) and Anderberg (California County Superintendents Educational Services Association) employ the power of the practitioner to document and reflect on their own creative and innovative practices by examining research, design, authentic assessment, and the art of storytelling. Through seven chapters, they offer numerous creative assessment strategies for suggested incorporation into the classroom for culturally responsive learning. The case for the process of curation and arts-based strategies in formative assessment provides a deeper understanding of the creative process for all learners. Readers will discover learning stories as a tool for authentic assessment to close the feedback loop for their students. As students engage in problem solving, reflection, and artistic exploration in the content curriculum, the process of learning shifts to a student-centered classroom enhanced by critical thinking and collaboration. Kindergarten through university educators will benefit from reading this book.

--D. Pellegrino, University of Scranton

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty; professionals.