Events and Open Sessions for All Educators

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New for Spring & Summer 2021

AAC Virtual Sessions - Open to all educators!

We understand teachers need professional learning opportunities that are:

  • based on the emerging issues facing teachers in the current Alberta context,
  • accessible at a time when teachers are ready for learning, and
  • affordable, hassle-free, and of the highest quality.

AAC is offering open sessions designed to support busy teachers as they navigate teaching and assessing during this pandemic. Most sessions allow for asynchronous learning. For a period of 2 weeks after the session date, registrants will be able to access materials such as –

  • session recordings,
  • presentations, and
  • handout materials.

New sessions will be posted as soon as they are designed. If you know of a topic that would immediately meet your teaching needs in the assessment area, don’t hesitate to email info@aac.ab.ca

Keep in mind our AAC member jurisdictions have funded these open sessions; therefore, there is a slight difference in pricing for members and non-members. 

Is your school authority is a member?  Check the membership list here.

Assessment of student learning relies on the content of the Alberta Education Programs of Study. Historically Alberta Education has indicated the level of thinking required through the performance verbs written in the outcome. The new draft curriculum is no different.

Join AAC as we lead grade-level workshops for all Alberta teachers in unpacking the thinking required in the draft curriculum outcomes, within each subject area. Each grade-level group will meet for two 3-hour sessions. 

The culminating document that summarizes the work will be available to all of our member districts through the AAC website.

Dates:

  • Kindergarten, Grades One & Two – Thursday, April 15th, 9 -12 pm and Friday, April 16th, 9 -12 pm
  • Grades Three & Four – Thursday, April 15th, 1-4 pm and Friday, April 16th, 1-4 pm
  • Grades Five & Six – Monday, April 19th, 1-4 pm and Wednesday, April 21, 1-4 pm

Cost of participating in a grade-level workshop: $20.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members

Session Descriptions

The What, How, and Why Behind Creating Authentic Assessments  
In this session, we will explore the following questions:
 – What exactly is an authentic assessment?
 – How do authentic assessments help to engage vulnerable students?
 – How do authentic assessments foster academic integrity?
 – What can I do right now to incorporate the characteristics of an authentic assessment into my current assessments?

The MARCH 16, 2021 session has been recorded. Register below if you would like access to the session recording and materials for 2 weeks. 

Stop Summatively Assessing Everything: Making your workload manageable while improving student achievement
Yes, that’s right – AAC is advising you to STOP summatively assessing everything. We will explore several research-based strategies to improve student achievement and reduce your workload.

APRIL 20, 2021   1-3 pm or 4-6 pm  (2-hour session)

Opening the Door for Success for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Students: Your Assessment Practices are the Key!
Which standard assessment practices might specifically support learning for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students? Are there some practices that potentially clash with the worldviews, cultural beliefs, and values of Indigenous students, their families, and their communities? If we want to fully support learning for our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students, it’s time to examine the impact of our assessment practices.

MAY 4, 2021   1-3 pm or 4-6 pm  (2-hour session)

Ghosting: The Art of Engaging Students Through Assessment
GHOSTING -A term used during the COVID 19 School closure refers to students’ lack of attendance or engagement in “At Home Learning.” In this session, we will explore engaging online strategies for assessments that provide you with assessment data and create an exciting and meaningful learning environment for your students.

The MARCH 23, 2021 session has been recorded. Register below if you would like access to the session recording and materials for 2 weeks. 

Are you assessing current curriculum? future curriculum? Learn how to assess any student learner outcome.
While we are waiting for the release of a new curriculum, there are many things we can be doing to ensure we are ready to plan, instruct and assess the new outcomes. Teaching and assessing through the lens of concepts is a universal and transferable skill. This pedagogical approach is used to teach any program of studies or common core standards across the globe. This session combines research from internationally recognized thought leaders in assessment.

APRIL 27, 2021   1-3 pm or 4-6 pm  (2-hour session)

The TQS and Assessment: What teachers are supposed to know, understand, and be able do, according to the TQS
This session will explore the TQS Competency and Indicator related to assessment. Spend the hour exploring what competent teachers are expected to know, understand, and do in terms of classroom assessment.

MAY 11, 2021   1-2 pm or 4-5 pm  (1-hour session)

Fees:

  • AAC Members $15 per 2-hr session ($10 per 1-hr session)
  • Non-members $25 per 2-hr session ($20 per 1-hr session)

           10% Group Discount – register a group of 4 or more. 

Choose the start time that works for you! 

Sessions are facilitated live via ZOOM.

The session recording and materials will be available to registered participants for 2 weeks after the session.

If you missed some sessions, you can still register to receive 2-week access to recordings and materials.

AAC & CAfLN Virtual Conference Series

The first two dates date of this conference were a huge success! 

Did you miss out? No worries, each conference date is a “stand alone event”. In other words, you don’t need to have attended the fall or winter conference.

By registering for the Spring Conference on May 8, 2021, you will receive access to the recordings and session materials from the previous 2 conference dates.  

We hope you can fit this asynchronous learning opportunity into your busy schedule!

Formative Assessment Summer Event

This 5-day event promises to IGNITE & INSPIRE your cognitive and emotional engagement with formative and authentic assessment practices!

Registration is open!

 

 

Stay Tuned for an updated list of future AAC sessions!

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