“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.
Cohort Themes and Reflective Questions
Explore key assessment topics through engaging activities and deep conversations with colleagues.
Session 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?
Session 2: Formative Assessment: More than a Toolkit!
Take an in-depth look at the process of formative assessment. How can we maximize its impact on student growth and learning?
Session 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?
Session 4: Putting it All Together
Look back on the big ideas from the first three sessions, and reflect on their potential impact on student learning. How do we change the assessment culture in our schools and classrooms?
Enhance your assessment leadership capacity by exploring key topics and issues in conversation with other leaders.
Session 1: Planning for Assessment from a Leader’s Perspective
How does our personal assessment literacy influence your role as instructional leaders? Take a look at curriculum through the lens of assessment.
Session 2: Building a Culture of Formative Assessment
How do we go about achieving the promise of formative assessment? Reflect on what it means to take a “formative assessment leadership stance.”
Session 3: Assessment in Diverse Classrooms
How do we support a vision of assessment for diverse learners that is effective, equitable, and manageable? Consider the assessment challenges inherent in our increasingly complex classrooms.
Session 4: Leading Assessment Conversations
Assessment is an emotional topic, for teachers, students, and parents. How do we lead assessment conversations in ways that open a door, rather than build a wall?
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