Virtual Conference - Assessment 2020: How Clear Is Our Vision?

The ‘MUST ATTEND’ Virtual Conference Experience This School Year!

A 3-PART SERIES: November 21, 2020 – January 23, 2021 – May 8, 2021

The first conference in this series will include:

  • a Panel Discussion featuring local and national educational leaders
  • multiple Breakout Sessions facilitated by educators from Alberta and across the country, and 
  • a Final Keynote to round out the day!

Focus on current issues for educators

  • How do we shift our FOCUS from Grades to Learning?
  • How do we MAGNIFY Creative and Critical Thinking?
  • How do we VISUALIZE Assessment in an Online World?

Learn More About The Conference


  • Early bird rates are in effect until October 22, 2020
  • Registering a group of 5 or more from the same jurisdiction? Use discount code group15 to receive a 15% discount
  • Registration closes November 18, 2020
CANADIAN 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
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Stumbling Toward Collective Efficacy

Submitted by: Steve Kitchen, Jesse Reis, Shantel Strasky, Brenda Wilton If you were to visit our school in Waldheim, Saskatchewan (a K-12 school of almost 400 students that is part of Prairie Spirit School Division) you would not hear one grade 3 student say to another: “Hey, have you noticed how the collective efficacy of

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A Conference Chair’s Reflection

Submitted by Bernie Van Doninck   It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost six months since the CAFLN conference in Dartmouth and that there is still so much energy here as a result of this event.  On a personal note I want to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who attended. Equally so, I

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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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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.

Damian Cooper - Portrait

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..

Ken OConnor - Portrait

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..