Who: SD 68, 69, 71, 79 and Vancouver Island University
What: Network with colleagues around AfL and Inquiry
Where: Dover Bay Secondary Library, 6135 McGirr Road Nanaimo, BC
Update: The momentum for Assessment for Learning and Inquiry continues to grow in the mid-island! The second regional gathering of CAfLN/NOII on Vancouver Island was held at Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo on Oct. 26th. Over 100 educators representing 5 different districts came together to engage in and deepen our understanding of AfL and inquiry. Paige Fisher and Lynn Brown were masterful facilitators of our conversations starting with an overview of AfL followed by a lively Give and Go strategy where people responded to the prompt “Assessment for learning is important because.” This was followed by a reminder of the importance of learning intentions and a harvesting of specific practical strategies. The session ended with time for networking and discussion of next steps, including plans for involvement with NOII/AESN/Healthy Schools. Some of the next steps shared were: creating more powerful questions, making more meaningful learning intention and incorporating them throughout lessons, feedback to students and engaging parents, more work with spiral of inquiry process, how AfL can improve student engagement, connect learning intentions and big ideas to Aboriginal education, continuing to embed formative assessment through my practice regardless of who I’m lucky enough to be teaching. The next regional gathering will be hosted by Comox School District in January/February. Please stay connected through our CAfLN/NOII Island Network Group on Facebook and through the CAfLN twitter @CAfLNetwork.