2017 Conference and Symposium

 4th Annual CAfLN Conference and Members’ Symposium - May 5th and 6th, 2017

As Far as the Eye Can See

What's on the Horizon with Assessment for Learning

College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

CAfLN Conference Information

CAfLN Conference and Symposium Program

Why Canadian?

The conference is an opportunity to share, learn and network with educators from K-12 and post secondary settings. It will include presentations and break-out sessions with leaders in assessment as well as opportunities to connect your learning with your own teaching context. Guest speakers will include CAfLN’s founding members – Ken O’Connor, Lorna Earl and Damian Cooper. 

Conference - Friday May 5th, 2017     9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Keynote - CAfLN Town Hall Meeting

The idea for CAfLN was born on a stormy winter Toronto night. The founders Damian Cooper, Lorna Earl and Ken O’Connor were talking about the fabulous AfL practices that they had seen across the county and lamenting the fact that these ground-breaking practitioners did not know about one another. The Saskatoon CAfLN town hall meeting will focus on what CAfLN is about. Each of the founders will bring their own history and convictions to the conversation, share their powerful stories and engage with the audience in examining the past, present and future of AfL in Canada, as a driving force to create excellence and equity for all students in Canadian schools.

Break-out Sessions

Using Digital Evidence to Improve Learning - Damian Cooper

In most classrooms I visit, teachers and students have in their hands the most powerful assessment tools for improving student learning that I have seen in 40 years as an educator – tablets and smartphones. Used wisely and appropriately, these digital devices enable teachers and students to collect dynamic evidence of developing skills and competencies, as well as evidence of students growing conceptual understanding. In this session, Damian will share some of his recent work with teachers as they embrace these innovative, powerful approaches to ongoing assessment.  

The Wild West –BC's Assessment and Reporting Transformation - Justin Green

With the arrival of BC's Redesigned Curriculum comes a need for educators to change how they assess student learning. This session will briefly look at the Redesigned Curriculum, then delve into the fundamental changes in pedagogy required from our educators; the need to embrace quality formative assessment practices; the need to refine our descriptive feedback to not only look at what learning has occurred but to also feed the learning forward; and, the need to change what we assess from a content driven lens (the "what" of learning) to a process driven lens (the "do and understand" of learning).

Communicating Student Learning with Digital Portfolios - Karen Fadum

There are currently more than 2000 classrooms in the Surrey School District where digital portfolios are being used in lieu of traditional paper report cards to communicate student learning. Summative term end reports are being replaced with a continuous window into the learning and meaningful conversations between teachers, students and parents. Assessment for learning is the foundation of this incredibly important shift from reporting as an event, to the ongoing communication of student learning, where the focus is on growth and reflection over products and marks. How are teachers using digital portfolios to document learning, support metacognition and engage parents in the process? What structures and tools are being offered to support professional learning and build capacity towards a common understanding of assessment and communication of learning? Karen Fadum invites you to learn more about this shift and how a tool like FreshGrade can be used to create personalized portfolios of learning that activate student voice, inform teacher practice and engage parents in their child’s learning.

#EdTechAndAfL – Leveraging Technology to Support Assessment for Learning - Kent Brewer

As schools, divisions and districts try to keep pace with EdTech, we will explore some of the seemingly endless possibilities as educators integrate today's technology tools in support of assessment for learning.  Additionally, we will look into the exciting future of educational technology, "as far as the eye can see"! 

Assessment for Learning When Percentage Grades Are Mandated - Ken O'Connor

Unfortunately provincial assessment policies in most provinces require percentage grades at least for high school. In this breakout how that requirement can be complied with while developing a culture of learning will be described and discussed.

Softening the Edges of our Assessment Practices - Katie White

This session explores assessment in a new way, using the analogies of hard and soft edges.  Together, we will explore ways the “edges” of our assessment practices make or break relationships within a classroom setting, and the learning these relationships are intended to support. This session explores these learning relationships and the ways strong assessment design can “soften the edges” for educators and learners by attending to the needs of everyone involved in the assessment conversation.  

From Theory to Practice… Now, the How – Denine LaBerge, Brooke Moore

If you believe in building success criteria with students, using peers as coaches for one another, students tracking their progress towards their goals, and feedback that moves learning forward (aka Assessment for Learning) but aren't quite sure about how to make it happen in your classroom, this is the session for you. You will leave with examples and ideas as well as something you create that you can use in your classroom.

Building AfL Capacity : Challenges of Professional Development and Collaborative Learning - Dany Laveault

AfL necessitates the integration and mobilization of a series of skills in several domains of teaching practice.  The use of artifacts to scaffold teacher professional development (PD) has been reported to be a valuable starting point but may be limiting in the long term. Acquiring a true AfL competence requires middle to long-term planning, appropriate forms of support, and collaborative work. PD stands greater chances of success if it targets skills within the teachers’ zone of proximal development. This presentation will introduce a short list of recommendations based on Canadian and international experience on best PD practices to move forward in developing teachers’ capacity to use AfL.

Members’ Symposium & AGM - Saturday, May 6th, 2017    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Additional Information



Park Town Hotel  

924 Spadina Crescent East

Saskatoon, SK

S7K 3H5

(800) 667-3999


Registrants will need to call the hotel directly state you are with the CAFLN group or use the number 231670. If you call directly, you qualify for free breakfast. Shuttle service, to and from the airport and other venues in Saskatoon, can be booked Monday – Saturday.



Air Canada is offering a discount to those who may be flying to Saskatoon. When booking your flight enter RFWDDRA1 in the promotion code to see if your flight qualifies.