Submitted by Brooke Moore and Neil Stephenson Teachers who spend time crafting thoughtful comments on student work are wasting their time if they also give a score (Dylan Wiliam, 2015). But taking away the mark won’t do any good either unless you replace it with something worthwhile. The worthwhile strategies are clear and the news
– African Proverb
NEWS & EVENTS
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
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
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,
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
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
Started by Damian Cooper, Ken 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 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..
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 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..