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

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Not Your Average Membership

Submitted by Katie White As I was preparing to attend the Canadian Assessment for Learning Conference and Symposium in Dartmouth this year, I was asked more than once by colleagues why I work so hard to attend. I certainly have enough “stuff” to fill my days and Nova Scotia is awfully far away from Saskatchewan,

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A Reflection on the 5th CAfLN Conference Keynote

Submitted by Denine Laberge Years ago, I had the opportunity to hear Damian Cooper speak in Winnipeg. He said, “If you want to see real learning in action, give a kid a video game he’s never played before.” He went on to describe the process of a child who discovers, engages and invests in a

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Understandings of Assessment Must Be Formative

Submitted by Jimmy Pai – Secondary Teacher in Ottawa, Ontario What does assessment mean to you? Is it a test? A quiz? An interaction? A response? A student’s glare in a particular direction as she’s working on a problem? Or perhaps a teacher’s noticings of this glare and many moments? This word, ‘assessment,’ can be

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The Landscape in Which You Live

Submitted by Lori Jeschke – Director of Education in Prairie Spirit School Division, Saskatchewan   “Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are.” Spanish Philosopher Ortega Y Gasset What do we want to be known for in Prairie Spirit? When I get to share about the work we

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A Winter Message

Contributions from Lorna Earl, Kent Brewer and Grant Page   Winter is still with us, so we need to be thinking about all of the things that give us pleasure, now and in the future – skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, book reading, wine sipping, images of sun and hiking and picnics and cottages, and of

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Professional Growth Through AfL

Submitted by Grant Page Teacher stories are opportunities to share insights and celebrate growth. They are reflections on strengths and weaknesses we all have as professionals. Here is part of my story, originally written in 2006 for Middle Ground, the magazine of Middle Level Education published by the National Middle School Association, now the AMLE

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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..

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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..