President’s Spring Message

Damian Cooper - Portrait


Dear CAfLN Members and Website Visitors,

Spring is certainly in the air early this year in my part of the country.  In fact, winter never did arrive!

I’d like to take a moment to highlight recent CAfLN developments and to remind you of upcoming opportunities.

As you can see, the CAfLN website has received a dramatic make-over.  Our intent has been threefold:

  • to enrich the information available to you;
  • to improve your navigation throughout the site;
  • to improve the aesthetics and thereby draw you back regularly.

And as always, in the spirit of AfL, we welcome your “formative feedback”!

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation on behalf of the CAfLN membership to Grant Page and Denine Laberge who have spent countless hours of their own time on this work. Denine has also been busy launching CAfLN’s blog.  The blog is another way for everyone to connect with the network.

Ken O’Connor has now facilitated three monthly Twitter Chats and this forum is generating deeper interest in all things AfL, both across Canada and beyond.  April’s topic is a hot one! “How Student Engagement in AfL Can Be Fostered”.  Join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 8 pm (Eastern Time).

As you know, the essence of CAfLN is networking: connecting educators across the country who care passionately about the power of AfL to improve the learning of ALL students.  Our BC colleagues continue to blaze the trail in this regard.  Please take a moment to learn about the Drive IN Regional Meetings that have been taking place.

And now, the most important part of my Spring message to you:

Our 3rd Annual Conference and Symposium will take place on the spectacular campus of Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. The Conference titled Moving Forward: Assessment for Learning in Policy, Research and Practice will be held on Friday, May 13th. Chris DeLuca and his committee have created a dynamic, informative and varied conference program for Friday. If you haven’t attended a CAfLN event before, make it this one!

CAfLN members, please join us as well for the Symposium on Saturday, May 14th. This is when we roll up our sleeves and delve deeply into the assessment issues that excite and concern us.  It is also the opportunity for you, our members, to connect with other CAfLN members face to face and to guide CAfLN’s future.

If you are not a member and would like to become one, please go to our Membership Page and join now. A one year membership combined with a conference registration is only $200 – just $25 more than a non-member conference registration.  As a member, you then have the opportunity to be a part of the Members’ Symposium mentioned above.

In the meantime, I wish you all happy spring cleaning, spring planting … and I look forward to seeing you in Kingston.


Damian Cooper

President, The Canadian Assessment for Learning Network

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