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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APRIL 30 - MAY 2, 2020

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

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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

A Message from Our New President

Lorna Earl, Ph.D. It has come to that time when we are all working to close out another school year successfully, and planning for the changes that will come in the new year.  For me, and I hope for all of the educators who participated, the CAfLN conference and symposium provided a respite and a time

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Measuring What Matters: Phase 3 Progress Report

Submitted by David Cameron from People for Education This report provides an update on People for Education’s Measuring What Matters (MWM) initiative, including some of the early findings coming out of the school field trials. … it isn’t about what [students] understand about seasonal changes in my science curriculum, it’s how they’re thinking critically and asking questions

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February Saskatoon Pop-up Highlights

After some minor technical difficulties, Veronica Saretsky started off the meeting and welcoming Damian Cooper from Ontario and Ken O’Connor from Florida. Both Damian and Ken shared information about the beginning of CAfLN and their hopes for connecting assessment for learning practice and practitioners across Canada. Each of them also shared what they are currently

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Pop-up Meeting in Saskatoon

Thursday February 16, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Sion – GSCS Meeting Room 2010 7th St. E Saskatoon, SK (Please use the front entrance and sign in when arriving)   Join virtual guests,CAfLN founders Damian Cooper and Ken O’Connor, along with other CAfLN members from Saskatchewan in sharing a personal, school or district idea

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Vocal – Online Course on Capturing Evidence of Learning

VOCAL 101 is Damian Cooper’s new online professional learning course that takes K-12 educators inside classrooms to see why and how using mobile technologies to capture digital evidence through observations and conversations can be a powerful tool for assessing learning. A concise five section course design … provides K-12 educators with an effective and manageable

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Assessment for Learning: Meeting the Challenges of Implementation

Springer Publications is pleased to announce the launch of a new book co-edited by CAfLN member Dany Laveault (University of Ottawa) and Linda Allal (University of Geneva) on AfL and the challenges associated with its implementation in our education systems. “Assessment for Learning: Meeting the Challenge of Implementation” provides new perspectives on Assessment for Learning

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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..