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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NEWS & EVENTS

Assessment 20/20

APRIL 29 - MAY 1, 2020

ALBERTA ASSESSMENT CONSORTIUM AND THE CANADIAN ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING NETWORK ARE PARTNERING TO HOST A COMBINED CONFERENCE IN EDMONTON, ALBERTA!

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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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Grant Page

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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CAfLN Conference 2017 – What I Learned

Submitted by Lori Jeschke, CAfLN Executive – Symposium Chair A Reflection on CAfLN 2017 – What I learned because you (Damian, Ken and Lorna) were in the room.   Whenever I get to be in a place where I can learn from others’ practice, experience, and expertise, I am mindful of something that Sandra Herbst

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Grant Page

How Do I Assess Inquiry Based Learning?

Submitted by Damian Cooper, CAfLN Past President and Co-founder No teacher today questions the importance of critical thinking as a focus for teaching.  Likewise, problem-solving.  No surprise then that problem-based learning and inquiry-based learning play an increasing role in the kinds of learning tasks that teachers set for their students.  Yet it is only a

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Grading For Learning

Guest Blogger – Ken O’Connor CAfLN is a network that is “dedicated to nurturing and sustaining Assessment for Learning (AfL) . . . across Canada,” but given that every province and territory (unfortunately) requires % grades, at least for grades 9-12, we need not only to “assess for learning,” but we must also “grade for

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A Message from CAfLN’s President, Lorna Earl

It is hard to believe that CAfLN is four years old and five years since Damian, Ken and I first met to talk about a cross-Canada network that connected educators who believe in assessment for learning.  Our enthusiasm for CAfLN was fueled by the powerful practices that we were seeing and hearing about in classrooms

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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..