Vancouver – November 21, 2013

Hosted By:

Paige Fisher, Vancouver Island University

Robin Teirney, University of British Columbia

Details:

We are looking forward to a lively discussion among BC Members of CAfLN after the BCSSA Presidents Reception.  Those of you who are attending the BCSSA Fall Conference will want to check out the presentation by CAfLN member Lisa Skene and her colleagues on e-portfolios.

Vancouver – October 5, 2013

Hosted By:

Robin Tierney, assisstant Professor, UBC

Attendance:

8 CAfLN Members

Details:

On Oct 4 & 5, the University of British Columbia hosted the BC Assessment Forum, which was a session designed to generate dialogue and offer ‘action items’ to the BC Ministry of Education as it engages in a transformation of curriculum and assessment to meet the needs of  the ‘21st Century Learner’. The addition of 8 CAfLN members offered us an opportunity to advocate for a focus on formative assessment among the conversations around revisions to large-scale standardized testing systems in BC and offered us an opportunity for the first Vancouver Pop-Up meeting! We gathered at Rogue for dinner and drinks and great conversation was enjoyed by all.  We have already decided that a next step will be to convene in larger numbers adjacent to teh BCSSA Fall Conference on November 22nd, which is featuring Dylan William as a keynote.  BC is on a roll.

Edmonton – October 3, 2013

Hosted By:

Ken O’Connor, Assessment for Success Consulting Inc.

Damian Cooper, Plan~Teach~Assess

Attendance:

3 CAfLN Members

5 Guests

Details:

The meeting took place at the Westin Hotel where the Alberta Assessment Consortium (AAC) conference was being held. Discussion took place on a wide range of issues including the roles of AAC and CAfLN (agreed that it is complementary not competitive), required assessment courses at the University of Lethbridge, and the impact of provincial testing and exams in Alberta. The meeting started just after 7 PM and finished just before 9 PM with many of the group exchanging business cards.

Calgary – October 1, 2013

Hosted By: 

Ken O’Connor, Assessment for Success Consulting Inc.

Attendance: 

2 CAfLN members
7 guests

Details:

The meeting took place at the Coast PLaza Hotel with lively discussion from about 7:20 PM till 9:50 PM.  Great interest was expressed in the work being done at Calgary Girls School – a charter school within the Calgary public school district for girls from grades 4 to 9 – where there are no grades and no report cards.  It was interesting to learn  about the assessment course that pre-service tachers are required to take at the Univesity of Calgary and the directions being taken to support learning in the Calgary Catholic School District.  Also worth noting is the opportunity provided by curriculum redesign in Alberta to infuse assessment for learning.