Thursday, 4 August 2016

Summer is upon us and the 2016 Annual Conference and Symposium was a huge success. Taka a look at the President's Message to read Damian Cooper's reflection on the collaborative efforts witnessed in Kingston. It's time for a break, so enjoy summer.

Learning as a Continuum - Nanoose Bay, BC

Teachers at Nanoose Bay Elementary School in BC  and teacher candidates from Vancouver Island University at have been developing a writing continuum that can be used by teachers and students to assess progress in writing. Based on the idea that all learning is a continuum coming out of the new BC cuuriculum, the goal was to show the progression of emergent through to fluent pre-adolescent writers and to provide a concrete example as well as a descriptor of what the author demonstrated at each stage of writing.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Residency: Powerful Assessment and Professional Practice

Submitted by Veronica Saretsky
Residency: Powerful Assessment and Professional Practice by Lori Jeschke, Dave Carter, Cheryl Shields, and Deborah  Bidulka.
This book is a quick read outlining a large rural school division’s journey to affect sustainable, system-wide change in professional practice around assessment. The school system was moving to a new grade 1-9 report card and used this move to deepen the understandings of teachers in their assessment practices.
The division was looking for a model that supported sustainable change in professional practice. Their experience with “one-shot sessions or even multi-day workshops” had not created any long term changes in teacher practice.  When they attended a week long institute on assessment for learning, they heard of the residency model of professional development.  This book goes into detail about their implementation of that model and the learnings they gathered along the way.  It also offers suggestions on how others may use the model to affect systemic change in their systems.
Copies available from

Monday, 13 June 2016

Last CAfLN Twitter Chat of the Year

Hello everyone,

As you know, Tuesday, June 14th will be our last CAfLN Twitter Chat of the year. The questions below will allow us to focus on how far we have come this year and where we are headed next year. Hope to "see" you there! The storified chat will be added below once it is ready.

1. What was the most important thing you learned about assessment for learning this year? #caflnchat

2. What was your greatest success in implementing AfL this year? #caflnchat

3. What was your greatest challenge / difficulty implementing AfL this year? #caflnchat

4. What summer professional development are you going to do? #caflnchat

5. What books are on your summer professional reading list? #caflnchat

6. What do you plan to do differently next year to enhance AfL in your school / classroom? #caflnchat

7.  Please share any random end-of-year thoughts, concerns or thanks. #caflnchat

Click on the link below to read the storyfied version of this chat.

Twitter Chat #6

Friday, 27 May 2016

2016-17 CAfLN Executive Board Members and Communication Team

Executive Board Members and Communication Team

2016 Conference Presentation

2016 Conference Highlights

Moving Forward: Assessment for Learning in Policy, Research and Practice
More than 200 delegates attended this year’s Canadian Assessment for Learning Network at the Faculty of Education on the beautiful campus of Queen’s University in Kingston on May 13th.  Each year, our numbers have grown, thanks to the stellar work of our Executive and members who continue to spread the word across the country about the benefits of joining CAfLN.
Chris DeLuca and his committee put together a rich, multi-faceted program on the theme of “Moving Forward: Assessment for Learning in Policy, Research and Practice”.  Delegates were greeted on Friday morning by Chris and by Jill Scott, Vice-Provost of Teaching and Learning.  Damian Cooper, President of CAfLN, then extended greetings and introduced our keynote speaker, Annie Kidder, Executive Director of People for Education.  Annie engaged everyone with her passion and humour as she described the “Measuring What Matters” project, a major initiative of her organization.  We encourage you to learn more about this work at
Following a nutrition break, delegates heard from a panel representing The Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network who spoke about “Assessment for Learning across a Professional Network”.  The eight panelists (Eleanor Newman, EOSDN; Tammy Billen, HPEDSB/EOSDN; Danielle LaPointe-McEwan, Queen’s; Sharon McNamara-Trevisan, OME; Jackie Stadnyk, RCDSB; Catherine Koehler, CDSBEO; Vicki McGinn, ALCDSB; Tracy Joyce, RCCDSB) described how this collaborative inquiry, which involves nine Ontario school districts, is having a dramatic impact on improving teaching and learning in mathematics. Slides from this presentation are on the website.
Following lunch, delegates selected two sessions from the following menu of workshops:
Triangulating Assessment Evidence in the AfL Context, Damian Cooper, Plan~Teach~Assess
Grading and AfL, Ken O’Connor, Assess for Success Consulting Inc.
Using the Classroom Assessment Standards to Identify and Resolve Assessment Dilemmas in Today’s Classrooms, Dr. Don Klinger, Queen’s
Assessment in the Play-Based Kindergarten Classroom, Dr. Angela Pyle, OISE
Creating Possibilities: Studying the Student Experience, Sharon McNamara-Trevisan & Rachel Ryerson, OME
Conversations, Observations, and Self & Peer-Assessment in Secondary Mathematics, Stephanie Girvan, HDSB
People, Places and Things that Move AfL Forward in the Peel District School Board, Kristen Clarke, PDSB
Assessment for Learning in the Arts, Dr. Benjamin Bolden, Queen’s
Many of the slide presentations supporting these sessions are available on the website.

The final session was a researcher panel facilitated by Dr. Lorna Earl.  Dr. Susan Drake and Ms. Brandy Doan (Brock University), Dr. Lyn Shulha (Queen’s Univeristy), Dr. Dany Leveault and Dr. Christine Suurtamm (University of Ottawa) addressed the topic of “Innovative Thinking in AfL”. Slide presentations for this panel are available on the website.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

The BC Experience

Well, there are some exciting things happening in BC! This morning a team of educators (Justin Green, Marcy Boudreau, Joanna Atkinson-Cornthwaite, and Brittany Leonard) shared their journey in networking to enhance the learning experience of their students and the collective professional growth of their teachers. Their blog highlights this growth. The powerpoint includes the main points and some diagrams of their process.

Peel's Journey

Kristen Clarke shared Peel's journey on their way to networking to improve student learning. The innovative thinking and the willingness to think outside the box is wonderful to see. Storified tweets will take you through it. Feel free to check it out!

Friday, 13 May 2016

When Research Meets Practice

CAfLN's 3rd annual conference and symposium is taking place this weekend in Kingston. Chris DeLuca, conference chair was interviewed by the Queen's Gazette about the goal of the conference; to bring people together to talk about research and practice in Assessment for Learning.