Some members of the fledgling CAfLN met face-to-face for the first time at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE) meetings that were held in Victoria in June. We had a chance to introduce CAfLN at the pre-conference hosted by CATE (Canadian Association of Teacher Educators). This session focused on assessment issues within teacher education programs and we were a perfect fit. Lorna Earl, Paige Fisher, Robin Tierney and Martha Koch distributed post cards and told the group a little about our plans. It was clear that there is considerable enthusiasm for Assessment For Learning among Canadian teacher educators and lots of excellent ideas about how we might connect and work more closely across the country. It was also clear that there is a need for a Pan Canadian conversation about the field of classroom assessment and Assessment for Learning, in particular.
Following the session, CAfLN hosted an informal session of sharing and “getting to know you” at a local Victoria pub, which was attended by about 40 people. Conversation flowed; connections were made and ideas were volleyed from province to province (figuratively). Since CAfLN is a network, it depends on its members to move it where they want it to go. As a result of the social , some new connections were formed, and previous connections re-established, which we hope will continue to be the case whenever we gather – face-to-face or virtually.
CAfLN hopes to have these “pop-up” network meetings wherever and whenever our members gather across the country. Let us know if you have an idea for the next one. Get involved – this is your CAfLN. To paraphrase Pogo, my favourite cartoon character, “I have seen the future of Assessment for Learning; and it is us!”