Learning as a Continuum – Nanoose Bay, BC

Learning is a continuum Pic 1Teachers at Nanoose Bay Elementary School in BC  and teacher candidates from Vancouver Island University at have been developing a writing continuum that can be used by teachers and students to assess progress in writing. Based on the idea that all learning is a continuum coming out of the new BC cuuriculum, the goal was to show the progression of emergent through to fluent pre-adolescent writers and to provide a concrete example as well as a descriptor of what the author demonstrated at each stage of writing.

Residency: Powerful Assessment and Professional Practice

Residency Cover

Submitted by Veronica Saretsky

Written by Lori Jeschke, Dave Carter, Cheryl Shields and Deborah Bidulka the book outlines a large rural school division’s journey to affect sustainable, system-wide change in professional practice around assessment. The school system was moving to a new grade 1-9 report card and used this move to deepen the understandings of teachers in their assessment practices.

The division was looking for a model that supported sustainable change in professional practice. Their experience with “one-shot sessions or even multi-day workshops” had not created any long term changes in teacher practice.  When they attended a week long institute on assessment for learning, they heard of the residency model of professional development.  This book goes into detail about their implementation of that model and the learnings they gathered along the way.  It also offers suggestions on how others may use the model to affect systemic change in their systems.

Copies available from books@connect2learning.com

Twitter Chat June 14th

Tuesday, June 14th will be our last CAfLN Twitter Chat of the year. The questions below will allow us to focus on how far we have come this year and where we are headed next year. Join us at 8 pm EDT.

1. What was the most important thing you learned about assessment for learning this year? #caflnchat

2. What was your greatest success in implementing AfL this year? #caflnchat

3. What was your greatest challenge / difficulty implementing AfL this year? #caflnchat

4. What summer professional development are you going to do? #caflnchat

5. What books are on your summer professional reading list? #caflnchat

6. What do you plan to do differently next year to enhance AfL in your school / classroom? #caflnchat

7.  Please share any random end-of-year thoughts, concerns or thanks. #caflnchat

If you are planning on joining us, please invite someone who may be interested in CAfLN to join us!

When Research Meets Practice

Filling up

CAfLN’s 3rd annual conference and symposium took place this weekend in Kingston. Chris DeLuca, conference chair was interviewed by the Queen’s Gazette about the goal of the conference; to bring people together to talk about research and practice in Assessment for Learning.

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Peel’s Journey

At the 3rd Annual CAfLN Conference and Symposium, Kristen Clarke from Peel DSB shared her district’s journey of professional development to improve student learning. The innovative thinking and the willingness to think outside the box is wonderful to see. Storified tweets will take you through it. Feel free to check it out!

2016-05-17 Kristen Clarke

The Nanaimo Experience


2016-05-17 Nanaimo Group Kingston

Well, there are some exciting things happening in BC! As part of the 2016 CAfLN symposium, a team of educators (Justin Green, Marcy Boudreau, Joanna Atkinson-Cornthwaite, and Brittany Leonard) shared their journey in networking to enhance the learning experience of their students and the collective professional growth of their teachers. Their blog highlights this growth. The powerpoint includes the main points and some diagrams of their process.

Twitter Chat May 10, 2016

Please join us at 8pm EDT for this month’s twitter chat. Our topic will be Professional Networking:Strengthening Our Connections. Thanks again to Ken O’Connor for moderating these chats.

Spring Fling CAfLN Pop-Up Meeting!!!

Spring Fling CAFLN pop-up meeting!


Where: Prince George BC

What: Dinner at the Twisted Cork

When: Thursday April 21 at 7 pm


Let’s get to know who in our area is working with developing best practices around AFL, and what it looks like in the day to day!

Contact: Eileen Bennison, David Hoy Elem – ebennison@sd91.bc.ca