CAfLN Blog

The CAfLN Blog is the newest addition to the site. It contains all the information from the website and is easy to use, allowing comments for each post. A great way to share ideas and strengthen connections throughout the CAfLN network.

How the Network Works

CAfLN is an opportunity for Canadian educators everywhere who are interested in Assessment for Learning to connect with one another, share knowledge and move the AfL work in Canada forward in many forms and many contexts.

CAfLN is a Network

Unlike many other groups in education, CAfLN is not a professional organization with formal structures and agendas; it is a network of members who interact with one another because of commitment to the shared purpose of strengthening the quality and the power of Assessment for Learning across Canada. As a network, CAfLN is voluntary, flexible, and highly adaptable to unique and varying social, political and educational contexts.

CAfLN is Member Driven

CAfLN provides a forum for engagement that is dynamic and driven by the interests and work of the members. Members undertake activities together in things like working groups, electronic forums, and pop-up meetings spread across contexts, sectors and geography. The linked nature of the work, and the quality of participation in the shared space of the network makes this kind of working enriching and unique.

CAfLN is Based on Relationships

One of the main purposes of CAfLN is to establish relationships that act as the ‘‘connective tissue’’ of Assessment for Learning across Canada. Through these relationships, CAfLN members work together, share knowledge and challenges, create a common language and a sense of shared responsibility, and provide channels for communicating and disseminating information to one another and beyond.

Welcome to the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network


President’s Fall Message


Filling up

2016 Conference Highlights


2016 Symposium Highlights





What We Do

The Canadian Assessment for Learning Network (CAfLN) provides a forum for sharing and mobilizing knowledge about Assessment for Learning (AfL) by:

  • Connecting Canadians interested in AfL with colleagues across Canada and Internationally
  • Developing and maintaining a website that includes an interactive platform for on-line discussion and provides current information about AfL
  • Convening an annual symposium of members to share experiences, discuss, debate, and develop practices and professional learning related to AfL that can be implemented in schools and post-secondary institutions
  • Supporting a local AfL practice-oriented conference with a rotating venue across Canada
  • Mentoring and supporting educators in ways that deepen and enrich their assessment expertise and understanding
  • Responding to issues related to the development and implementation of policies, guidelines, and practices for AfL in Canada



Workshop 4

Twitter Chats

Twitter Chats for Beginners

Missed a Chat? Here are the storified versions of our previous chats

2016-01-12 Assessment for Learning

2016-02-09 Supporting the Growth of AfL

2016-03-08 Connecting Parents to AfL

2016-04-12 Fostering Student Engagement in AfL

2016-05-10 Professional Networking: Strengthening Our Connections and CAfLN

2016-06-14 Looking Back and Looking Forward


Our Founding Members

Started by Ken O'Connor , Lorna Earl, and Damian Cooper , the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network (CAfLN) is a member-led, non-profit organization that connects people across Canada who are interested in the use of assessment for learning and the development of related policies and research in education.

Member Discussions

CAfLN members can participate in online discussions around Assessment for Learning. We currently have 7 discussions that have been started by our members.

Connecting to Canadian Research

Since CAfLN members are spread across contexts, sectors and geography, the CAfLN team feels that having access to current Assessment for Learning Research is invaluable.

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