February Saskatoon Pop-up Highlights

After some minor technical difficulties, Veronica Saretsky started off the meeting and welcoming Damian Cooper from Ontario and Ken O’Connor from Florida. Both Damian and Ken shared information about the beginning of CAfLN and their hopes for connecting assessment for learning practice and practitioners across Canada. Each of them also shared what they are currently seeing in their work. How to capture evidence of learning in authentic ways and the importance of aligning practice with what we know and believe about assessment for learning emerged as themes throughout the discussion.





Participants then shared examples of what they are seeing and hearing in classrooms with respect to assessment and learning. This year’s conference co-chairs, Veronica Saretsky and Lori Jeschke spoke about the upcoming conference and symposium. It was an amazing time and there was an expressed desire to continue to establish these local connections.  Special thanks to Veronica for facilitating and for the treats!


Pop-up Meeting in Saskatoon

Thursday February 16, 2017

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Sion – GSCS Meeting Room

2010 7th St. E Saskatoon, SK

(Please use the front entrance and sign in when arriving)


Join virtual guests,CAfLN founders Damian Cooper and Ken O’Connor, along with other CAfLN members from Saskatchewan in sharing a personal, school or district idea or question about deepening our use of assessment for learning. Light refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Contact veronica.saretsky@gmail.com


Reserve your spot here


Manitoba Members Meet to Strengthen the Local Network

With founding member Damian Cooper coming to work with the staff of College Louis-Riel in the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine, Manitoba CAfLN members took the opportunity to network face-to-face over dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory in the heart of Winnipeg on October 18th. Four city school divisions and a private school were represented as current members and potential new members shared their current work with assessment for learning. The evening was filled with good food, interesting stories, and passionate conversation related to teaching and learning. Since the first conference and symposium, Tuesday’s dinner was the first of, hopefully, many networking opportunities for CAfLN members in Manitoba.

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

UPDATED – CAfLN & NOII Pop-Up Meeting – October 26 – Nanaimo, BC

Who: SD 68, 69, 71, 79 and Vancouver Island University

What: Network with colleagues around AfL and Inquiry

Where:  Dover Bay Secondary Library, 6135 McGirr Road Nanaimo, BC

Drive in Flyer Oct 26 2015

Update:  The momentum for Assessment for Learning and Inquiry continues to grow in the mid-island! The second regional gathering of CAfLN/NOII on Vancouver Island was held at Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo on Oct. 26th. Over 100 educators representing 5 different districts came together to engage in and deepen our understanding of AfL and inquiry. Paige Fisher and Lynn Brown were masterful facilitators of our conversations starting with an overview of AfL followed by a lively Give and Go strategy where people responded to the prompt “Assessment for learning is important because.” This was followed by a reminder of the importance of learning intentions and a harvesting of specific practical strategies. The session ended with time for networking and discussion of next steps, including plans for involvement with NOII/AESN/Healthy Schools. Some of the next steps shared were: creating more powerful questions, making more meaningful learning intention and incorporating them throughout lessons, feedback to students and engaging parents, more work with spiral of inquiry process, how AfL can improve student engagement, connect learning intentions and big ideas to Aboriginal education, continuing to embed formative assessment through my practice regardless of who I’m lucky enough to be teaching. The next regional gathering will be hosted by Comox School District in January/February. Please stay connected through our CAfLN/NOII Island Network Group on Facebook and through the CAfLN twitter @CAfLNetwork.


CAfLN & NOII Pop-Up Meeting – June 1 in Nanoose Bay

Assessment for Leaning Drive-In

The annual CAfLN conference and symposium was held in Nanaimo in the spring of 2015. At that event a desire to continue to meet face-to-face regionally was expressed. On June 1st, 2015, an incredible group of approximately 45 mid Vancouver Island educators gathered in School District 69 to continue the AfL conversations that started at the CAfLN conference. The group was comprised of: student teachers, primary, intermediate, middle and high school teachers, counselors, learning services teachers, school and district based administration, Vancouver Island University staff and represented 4 school districts and VIU. Each person or team brought a resource, question and/or artifact; the group was welcomed and the networking began. Our gathering ended with participants being asked to provide feedback for future gatherings and the overwhelming response was the desire to have opportunities for ongoing conversation – both digitally and face-to-face.
School District 68 will be hosting the next face-to-face opportunity on Monday, Oct. 28, 2015. Please also follow the #CAfLNework and #noiiaesn Twitter hashtags. A Facebook page for the regional group is also being established.

Who: SD 68, 69, 71, 79 and Vancouver Island University

What: Bring an Idea, Resource, Story or Question

Where:  Nanoose Bay Elementary, 2875 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay, BC

Drive in Flyer June 1 2015 w noii and cafln


Saskatoon, SK – September 18, 2014


Doug Drover, Living Sky SD
Robin Dubiel, Christ the Teacher RCSSD
Matthew Grupp, Northwest SD
Lori Jeschke, Prairie Spirit SD
Ken O’Connor, Toronto, CAfLN Board
Therri Papp, U of S Ph. D student

The meeting was held at the end of day 1 of the SELU/Solution Tree Assessment Conference. It started with everyone introducing themselves and identifying the main assessment issues in their divisions and was followed by general discussion of the issues raised.

DD, Living Sky – last year first for outcomes-based and rubrics, good new leadership; fun journey, not much push back. Concern – time factor, extra work; also preparedness of new teachers, those from Nipissing, Lethbridge best prepared.
RD, Christ the Teacher – outcomes-based report card K-9, lots of good material on division website; have a two year project on developing criteria.
MG, Northwest – have outcomes-based report card and improving outcomes-based assessment; hard change for many, parents like % grades, grade inflation issues and Michael Zwaagstra quotes.
LJ, Prairie Spirit – started move to AfL/outcomes in 2007, slow (at first) to fast; have a team of four supporting school implementation; required that principal p[resent for meetings. Strong support from Director – signed public letter. Lobbying for compulsory assessment class in teacher training.

Ottawa – February 27, 2014

Hosted By:

Pino Buffone, Superintendant of Curriculum Services, OCDSB

Damian Cooper, Plan~Teach~Assess


A brief pop-up meeting occurred following the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s Lead Learner Session.  Approximately 10-12 interested participants spent-five minutes chatting with Damian Cooper.  Most had questions about the purpose of CAfLN.  While there was significant interest in the network, these administrators expressed the need to make it easier and more economical for teachers to join.  In short, these was a strong case made for the directors to again consider offering institutional memberships at a reduced rate.  One administrator suggested that in a school where a number of teachers had joined CAfLN, there could be time devoted at staff meetings, department meetings, or in PLC’s to discuss items on the CAfLN Forum, or materials featured in the Resources page of the website.
Damian spoke about the symposium and conference and invited suggestions regarding promotion of these events.  One participant suggested that subject associations in Ontario – STAO, OAME, etc. – would almost certainly be willing to promote the CAfLN conference on their websites.
Regarding the conference themes, one participant hoped that CAfLN would address the relationship between the provincial tests and classroom assessment.
Since it had been a long and full day for all concerned, the meeting adjourned at 3:15pm.