Book AAC PD to Support the New TQS and New Curriculum

AAC Facilitators are available to present professional learning sessions within Alberta on a fee-for-service basis of $900 per day plus applicable expenses. AAC Facilitators are experienced classroom teachers with a wealth of assessment insight. Select from the sessions listed at the bottom of the page, or we can prepare a custom session based on your specific needs. 

But think beyond the workshop! Consider booking AAC PD to

  • guide assessment conversations and development work with grade/subject teams;
  • provide practical assessment tools and processes for beginning teachers;
  • support the transfer of key ideas from an external keynote presentation to the classroom;   
  • assist leadership teams in designing a new reporting system; and
  • support implementation of assessment within the new TQS/LQS and the new K – 4 curriculum.

Browse the session descriptions below, and then click the link to contact us!

Workshop Session:

Leaders, Are You Ready? Supporting Implementation of New Curriculum and Professional Practice Standards in Your School

The new K-4 curriculum is almost here, and the new professional standards are already in place. As leaders, it is our responsibility to support teachers as they navigate this new landscape.

  • How will teachers read and interpret the new curriculum documents?
  •  How will these documents support planning for assessment with the end in mind?
  •  How do we ensure assessment in our schools accurately reflects the curricular outcomes?
  • What will this really look like in our schools? 

Looking at curriculum ‘through the lens of assessment” is one of the most effective ways to support successful implementation of new curriculum and the assessment component of the professional standards.

Workshop Session:

Teachers, Are you Ready? Implementing New Curriculum in Your K-4 Classroom

The new curriculum is almost here, and we all want to see our students thrive!

  • How do we read and interpret the new curriculum documents?
  • How will they help us plan for assessment with the end in mind?
  • How do we ensure our assessment accurately reflects the curricular outcomes?
  • What will this really look like in our classrooms?

Looking at curriculum “through the lens of assessment” is one of the most effective ways to successfully implement the new curriculum in your classroom.

Workshop Session:

Teachers, Are You Ready? Preparing for New Curriculum in Your 5-9 Classroom

While we’re waiting for the new curriculum, there are things we can do now to get ready!

  • How is the new curriculum framework similar to and different from the current framework?
  •  How do we plan for assessment with the end in mind?
  •  How do we ensure our assessment  accurately reflects the curricular outcomes?
  • How can we include rich tasks to engage students in higher level thinking that really matters? 

This session is a proactive way to get ready to successfully implement the new curriculum, while still working with the current curriculum in your classroom.

Workshop Session:

Extreme Assessment Makeover – Task Edition

Do you have an upcoming assignment that could use an assessment renovation? Our extreme assessment makeover will focus on the characteristics of an effective task, look at curriculum through an assessment lens, and consider possible renovations to make your task more memorable for your students – and more valuable for you as a source of evidence of student learning.

Workshop Session:

Who Cares about Formative Assessment?

Are you tired of hearing about formative assessment? Why are we still talking about it? Formative assessment is not just about an unweighted category in our grade book, but rather the fundamental way we organize our classrooms. Formative assessment can help guide teachers’ teaching and students’ learning.

Who cares about formative assessment? We all should!

Workshop Session:

Keep the Learning in Project-based Learning

Project-based learning can encourage creativity, innovation, and collaboration. It can also accommodate a variety of learning styles and strengths. However, if we’re not careful, project-based learning can become more about the project and less about the learning!

By focusing on learner outcomes and putting assessment front and centre, project-based learning can be an accurate and motivating way to meet curricular goals while actively engaging students. Keep the focus where it needs to be – on the learning.

Workshop Session:

Assessment that Really Can Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

Our classrooms are filled with students who bring a wide variety of strengths and challenges, and teachers are constantly adapting instruction to better meet student needs. However, if we are to gather reliable evidence of learning, then we need to differentiate more than just our teaching. How can we effectively and fairly differentiate our assessment practices to support all students?

Workshop Session:

Leading Assessment Conversations – Making the Most of the New AAC Resource

Often our most effective professional learning resource is a trusted colleague. The newest AAC resource contains a wealth of material to support teachers and leaders in having meaningful conversations with colleagues about assessment.

Pick up a copy of the new AAC resource, Assessment Conversations: Engaging with Colleagues to Support Student Learning, and learn how to engage deeply and meaningfully with colleagues about assessment.

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Workshop Session:

Assessment 911: Help! My digital reporting system is driving me crazy!

An online reporting system, often with an open portal for parents, can sometimes feel like the tail is wagging the dog of classroom assessment practice. The addition of an outcomes-based reporting framework can add another layer of complexity.

This session will provide opportunities for conversation designed to generate practical solutions for complex assessment challenges, regardless of the reporting format you are using. Turns out that you don’t have to sacrifice good formative assessment practices just because you have a digital reporting system!

Workshop Session:

Building Better Rubrics – How to Focus on the Learning that Really Matters

All rubrics are not created equal! A quality rubric can help teachers and students focus on what really matters. During this session, we’ll take a closer look at the characteristics of a great rubric, learn to avoid some common pitfalls, and introduce some AAC tools available to help you make effective rubrics for your classroom.

Bring some of your rubrics along to this session and begin to renovate them – to focus on the learning that really matters.

Workshop Session:

Assessing What’s Hard to Measure

We know not everything that counts is easy to measure. Given that we value the development of skills, attitudes and competencies in our students, we need to find effective ways to assess them. How will we assess the things that are hardest to measure?

Be prepared to think outside the bubble!

Workshop Session:

Assessment 101 – Building a Strong Foundation

Assessment has the power to encourage, inform, motivate and support our learners, or it can entrench negative feelings and anxiety within our students. How do we motivate our students to keep working and learning, and still ensure that they are meeting the appropriate grade level standards?

This session will explore how a focus on planning for effective formative and summative assessment is key to supporting student success. Participate as a group, and be prepared to have meaningful conversations about what matters most about assessment.

Workshop Session:

Students as Partners in Assessment?

Do you have an upcoming assignment that could use an assessment renovation? Our extreme assessment makeover will focus on the characteristics of an effective task, look at curriculum through an assessment lens, and consider possible renovations to make your task more memorable for your students – and more valuable for you as a source of evidence of student learning.

Book AAC Workshop Sessions

AAC Field Services Facilitators are available to provide professional learning support within Alberta on a fee for service basis of $900 per day plus applicable expenses. This service is available to AAC member jurisdictions, non-member school jurisdictions, and education partners. Fees for out-of-province and/or out-of-country are higher to account for additional travel time.

Requests will be considered on a first come, first served basis and are subject to the availability of the facilitators. 

We will customize the professional learning experience to meet your needs.

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