CANDIAN ASSESSMENT for LEARNING NETWORK
WE ARE DEDICATED TO NURTURING AND SUSTAINING ASSESSMENT for LEARNING IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN CANADA
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WHY CANADIAN?
"To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization"– Adrienne Clarkson
WHY ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING?
"…assessment which is explicitly designed to promote learning is the single most powerful tool we have for both raising standards and empowering learning"– Black and Wiliam, 1999
WHY A NETWORK?
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others."
– African Proverb

NEWS & EVENTS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

APRIL 30 - MAY 2, 2020

ALBERTA ASSESSMENT CONSORTIUM AND THE CANADIAN ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING NETWORK ARE PARTNERING TO HOST A COMBINED CONFERENCE IN EDMONTON!

CAfLN MISSION

  • MAXIMIZE LEARNING by ADVOCACY & IMPLEMENTATION
  • BUILD RELATIONSHIPS by COLLABORATION & PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
  • STRENGHTEN CONNECTIONS by NETWORKING & MONITORING
  • SUPPORT AND TRAINING by PROVIDING ACCESS TO EXPERTISE
  • SHARE EXPERIENCES by RESEARCH & PUBLISHING

BLOG POSTS

Call for Articles

The Canadian Assessment for Learning Network (CAfLN) invites you to submit a short summary article on compelling research related to contemporary classroom assessment practices. Articles will be published in CAfLN’s monthly newsletter, which is distributed to teachers throughout Canada. Potential topics for articles include (but are not limited to): Assessment for learning practices Challenges in

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Grant Page

When the Bubble Bursts

Submitted by Grant Page I spent most of my teaching career in one school, a school where, from the beginning, I was challenged to develop and defend my pedagogy and philosophy of learning. I was given the opportunity to explore alternatives, take risks and fail miserably, so long as I kept moving forward. It was

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Grant Page

Moving Assessment Forward in Strong and Wise Ways

Submitted by Brooke Moore and Neil Stephenson Teachers who spend time crafting thoughtful comments on student work are wasting their time if they also give a score (Dylan Wiliam, 2015). But taking away the mark won’t do any good either unless you replace it with something worthwhile. The worthwhile strategies are clear and the news

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Grant Page

Stumbling Toward Collective Efficacy

Submitted by: Steve Kitchen, Jesse Reis, Shantel Strasky, Brenda Wilton If you were to visit our school in Waldheim, Saskatchewan (a K-12 school of almost 400 students that is part of Prairie Spirit School Division) you would not hear one grade 3 student say to another: “Hey, have you noticed how the collective efficacy of

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Grant Page

A Conference Chair’s Reflection

Submitted by Bernie Van Doninck   It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost six months since the CAFLN conference in Dartmouth and that there is still so much energy here as a result of this event.  On a personal note I want to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who attended. Equally so, I

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FOUNDING MEMBERS

Started by Damian CooperKen O’Connor, & Lorna Earl, the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network (CAfLN) is a member-led, non-profit organization that connects people across Canada who are interested in the use of assessment for learning and the development of related policies and research in education.

CAfLN emerged from conversations among Damian, Lorna, and Ken about the value and need for a pan-Canadian conversation about AfL – what it means, how it is implemented and what difference it is making in teaching and learning. As founding members, and first board of directors, they welcome input and support from all teachers, leaders and researchers who are interested in establishing and sustaining AfL in Canada.

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Damian Cooper

Damian Cooper is an independent education consultant who specializes in helping schools and school districts across Canada, the United States, and internationally, to improve their instructional and assessment skills. Read more..

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Lorna Earl

Lorna Earl Ph.D.is President of, Lorna Earl & Associates and the past President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and School Improvement.She is retired from a position as Associate Professor in the Theory and Policy Studies Department and Head Read more..

Ken OConnor - Portrait

Ken O'Connor

Ken O’Connor is an independent consultant on assessment, grading and reporting. A graduate of the University of Melbourne (B.A. Hon) and the University of Toronto (M. Ed), he has been a staff development presenter and facilitator in 44 states in the USA, 9 Read more..