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Effective Classroom Assessment Cohort Series

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“Gives you the knowledge to create more accurate assessments, which actually makes teaching, assessing, and planning easier.”

Research shows that effective formative assessment engages students and improves student learning.

Every Alberta teacher and leader needs this course!

Two-year program for teachers and leaders • Consistent with the new LQS and TQS
• Collaboration with like-minded professionals in your region
• In-person seminars with follow-up to your classroom/school context
• Supports assessment with existing and new curriculum

"This is a great opportunity to look closer at assessment practice. Whether you are brand new or a veteran, it is always great to have a refresher."
Jason
"The facilitator did a great job breaking open the assessment process in manageable chunks. I am extremely excited to share my learning with others."
David
"Great professional discussions and dialogue around assessment that I will carry into my practice."
Jenny

Regional Cohort Registration for 2019-2020

For Teachers

LEVEL 1: ASSESSMENT FUNDAMENTALS

Explore key assessment topics through engaging activities and deep conversations with colleagues.

Day 1: Keeping the End in Mind: Purposeful Planning for Assessment

Examine the critical connection between curriculum and assessment. What implications does this have for how we gather evidence of student learning?

Day 2: Formative Assessment: More than a Toolkit!

Take an in-depth look at the process of formative assessment and consider how to maximize its impact on student growth and learning.

Day 3: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

How do we differentiate assessment in ways that are effective, equitable and manageable?  What impact might this have on student well-being?

LEVEL 2: PUTTING THEORY TO WORK

Collaboratively enhance your assessment skills by creating tasks and tools.

Day 1: The Power of Performance Assessment: Developing High-Quality Tasks

Review the qualities of effective assessment as you build or renovate performance assessment tasks of your own. What assessment could you give tomorrow that your students wouldn’t want to miss?

Day 2: Scaffolding: Building Student Supports 

Use the principles of formative assessment to create scaffolding tools and student supports for your performance task.

Day 3: Hot Topics: Preparing to Lead Assessment Conversations with Colleagues

Consider how your assessment capacity, supported by AAC resources, can influence the direction of assessment conversations.

For Leaders

LEVEL 1: ASSESSMENT FUNDAMENTALS

Build your assessment capacity by exploring key topics and issues in conversation with other leaders.

Day 1: Assessment Foundations from a Leader’s Perspective

How does your personal assessment literacy influence your role as an instructional leader?

AM: Purposeful Planning for Assessment

PM: The Promise of Formative Assessment.

Day 2: Assessment Issues and Challenges

How do we effectively address assessment challenges present in our schools?

AM: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

PM: Hot Topics: Leading Assessment Conversations in Your School

LEVEL 2: PUTTING THEORY TO WORK

Enhance your skills in a hands-on, practical way by creating a “bite-size” performance task in collaboration with a teacher colleague.

Day 1: Developing a Learning Partnership

How can a formative assessment leadership stance support a culture of professional growth?

AM (Leaders only): Background and preparation for collaboration

PM (Leaders with teacher partners): Roll up your sleeves! Begin development of an assessment task.

Day 2: Refining the Work

Continue the development work with your colleague, and consider next steps.

AM (Leaders with teacher partners): Complete the task and prepare for  classroom implementation.

PM (Leaders only): Next steps – Where are we now? What’s next?

PLEASE NOTE: The exact location within each region will be determined based on registration. If you would like to host the seminars in your jurisdiction, please contact Jennifer at info@aac.ab.ca or call the AAC office at 780-761-0530

Testimonials

This project gave me the time, space and mentorship to critically assess my own assessment practices and pedagogy. I feel both validated and motivated to continue my own learning journey. — Chelsie

The facilitator established an environment where we felt comfortable sharing even the most controversial ideas. There was never any judgment. — Geoff

The facilitator did a great job breaking open the assessment process in manageable chunks. I am extremely excited to share my learning with others. — David

Absolutely awesome! Loved the professional conversation. Helped facilitate conversations at our school. — Kirsten

Amazing conversation around assessment and teaching. Opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds and teaching experiences. Inspires thinking and questioning of my own practice. — Shauna

This is a great opportunity to look closer at assessment practice. Whether you are brand new or a veteran, it is always great to have a refresher. — Jason

These sessions were great. It was very interesting to dig into what the outcomes are asking. The discussions around formative assessment were very thought provoking. Wish all teachers could do these sessions. — Sharon

This experience really made me think of my own assessment practices and re-evaluate what I thought I was doing well. This session would be great for all teachers to attend. — Shannon

Great professional discussions and dialogue around assessment that I will carry into my practice. — Jenny

The conversations during the cohort were invaluable. My thinking was always pushed and I enjoyed hearing the many different opinions and viewpoints from colleagues. — Tausha

Good practical work embedded into each session that you can use immediately and adapt to your job assignment. — Holly

Safe place to refine a message about assessment practices in order to help others move along the continuum. — Shelley

Rich conversations that helped the individual participants, as well as the group as a whole, to reflect on the purpose and impact of assessment on students. Time to focus on making conscious assessment decisions. — Jill

It is intense and very self-reflective. Gives you the knowledge to create more accurate assessments, which actually makes teaching/assessing/planning easier. — Dallas

Being part of the cohort provided opportunities for thought-provoking conversation and professional reflection. I also know where to access assessment resources. This was an extremely valuable and practical PD opportunity. — Lauren

It’s an opportunity to shift paradigms and challenge the status quo. It makes you think and it facilitates teacher/leader growth and change. — David

Excellent PD! Your knowledge of balanced assessment will definitely grow. You’ll be given time to reflect and time to share. Be prepared to have your thinking challenged – in a good way! — Mary Lynn

I loved the opportunity to have time to share ideas, challenge each other, and just talk about assessment. All our discussions were clearly focused and expertly guided with ample time for reflection and sharing. We had to think deeply which was excellent. Highly recommended. — Joanne

I am looking at instruction and assessment in different ways. After teaching for 25+ years, it feels good to learn more and be motivated (enthusiastic) in my teaching. Some of the best PD I have done in assessment. — Cathy

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