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Program beginning Nov 14, 2022

PD Leaders’ Symposium: Professional Development That Leads to Learning


This Series Delivers a Pathway for Successful PD Learning Leadership, with FIVE Interactive Presentations and Additional Resources.

Educators, schools, and systems continually seek ways to learn so as to improve and move forward. Emerging from challenging times, systems are more than ever looking to PD leaders to provide the kind of learning experiences that make the difference for teachers and their students, as well as school leadership teams. What can PD leaders do to keep everyone learning and thriving when the job is so huge?

In our experience, based on working with PD leaders for more than three decades and especially in these last few years, we have found that supporting transformative change is possible and replicable when PD leaders have access to high-yield strategies, tools, and approaches.

We have seen how informed, skilled PD leaders can support the direction and success of learning across a school or system for the better, even during challenging times such as these.

We invite you to join the PD Leaders’  Symposium,  beginning November 14, 2022, for a deep dive into proven approaches for engaging and supporting adult learners.

Learn how PD Leaders can support real, positive, and sustainable change. 

The PD  Leaders’ Symposium will provide you with resources to help overcome immediate challenges, while also exploring pathways for longer term strategic change.

This Series Delivers a Pathway for Successful PD Learning Leadership, with FIVE Interactive Presentations and Additional Resources.

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Tailored specifically to the needs of PD  Leaders, this series includes the following elements:

  • Five Core Interactive Presentations, each 75 minutes in length, presented at 1:00 EST (10:00 am PST) once every day for one week beginning on November 14th, 2022. These modules provide a framework for transforming your work as a PD Leader.
  • Chapters and articles from leading texts on core concepts, carefully selected to help participants fully grasp the theoretical and strategic framework.  
  • Numerous documents and photographs with examples of co-constructed criteria, protocols, methods, illustrations, detailed case studies, and other resources for immediate practical application in your role as a PD  Leader.
  • An online “binder” (a resource repository), where you can access the series components, including full audio & video recordings of the live presentations.

“Private Podcast Series” (available in the optional upgrade package) where Anne, Brenda and Connect2Learning Associates will thoroughly discuss your questions about the challenges and concerns you are facing today in your work in schools and at the system level. The online presentations of the PD  Leaders’ Symposium will explore a key  inquiry question: What conditions need to exist or be created for professional learning to result in the development of knowledge, skills, and reflective practice?

 This inquiry is explored through five key modules:

Our research and consulting work has demonstrated that these five areas are key leverage points for supporting professional learning that makes a difference - it leads to and provides evidence of improved student learning outcomes.

Session #1: Planning for Powerful Professional Learning

Key concepts include:

  • Beginning with the end in mind
  • Planning for  differentiated adult learning
  • Building relationships, rapport, providing choice, and being responsive 
  • Grouping for learning
  • Invitations to learn

Session #2: Planning for Evidence of Learning and Feedback

Key concepts include:

  • Planning to collect evidence 
  • Using evidence to adjust your plan (using just-in-time feedback)
  • Engaging adult learners in self-assessment
  • Practical goal setting

Session #3: Describing Quality for Adult Learners

Using the 7 Actions of Assessment with adult learners including:

  • Beginning with the end in mind
  • Using samples and models to illustrate quality
  • Co-constructing criteria
  • Providing feedback
  • Engaging in self- and peer assessment
  • Setting goals

Session #4: Centering the Learning in Classrooms

Ensure professional development makes a difference in classrooms by:

  • Modelling powerful instructional practices
  • Making our practice public
  •  Purposefully employing gradual release of responsibility

Session #5: Supporting Engagement, Thinking, and Reflection

Key approaches include:

  • Actively involving the learners
  • Using structured conversations, protocols, and strategies
  • Exploring being in alignment with teacher practices personally responding to leading professional learning as inquiry 
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Your Guides: Deeply Experienced Educators and Consultants with a Track Record of Helping Transform Schools and Systems

Anne Davies, Ph.D. - President

Anne is an acclaimed educator, consultant, keynote speaker, and author. Working alongside and encouraging people to achieve their goals – by truly making a difference in the lives of learners – has led to Anne Davies’ distinguished and internationally-recognized career in Education Leadership and Assessment.

With extensive classroom and consultation experience with education leaders, Anne uses her depth of knowledge and innovative mindset to help educators realize their own potential for positive impact in the classroom and beyond. Anne has also headed a variety of research projects and was Canada’s Team Lead at the International Assessment Symposium in Fredericton, NB (2014). Her work has helped to shape provincial and national educational policy changes and she continues to be a highly sought-after resource for both government and private-sector educational institutions.

Over her distinguished career, Anne has garnered high-profile accolades including the Hilroy Fellowship for outstanding innovation in education and a nomination for the Canadian Education Association’s Whitworth Research Award. Anne is the author and co-author of more than 30 books and multimedia resources, including the best seller, Making Classroom Assessment Work, now in its fourth edition.

Brenda AugustaAssociate

Brenda Augusta has been encouraging and supporting teaching and learning for more than three decades, in a variety of roles: coach, teacher, consultant, mentor and author.

Just as it did when she was a classroom teacher, Brenda’s approach emphasizes that there is no single template for teaching or learning - there are many paths that lead to success. As such, she has spent her twenty-year tenure as a consultant focusing on being responsive to the needs and goals of those she works alongside, be they system or school leaders, teachers, or students. In recent years this has meant an intentional focus on working with students, teachers, and leaders online, dedicated to finding and refining new ways of working together while keeping Brenda connected to the classroom, the venue in which she sees the greatest potential for positive change.

As an author, she has most recently co-published Making Physical Education Instruction and Assessment Work (2017)Collecting Evidence and Portfolios: Engaging Students in Pedagogical Documentation (2017) and Making Writing Instruction Work (2015). She has also employed her writing skills in the service of clients, bringing assessment for learning strategies into units of study for a Mohawk Immersion program, guiding a group of literacy leaders to write a single point rubric designed to assess student writing and drive instruction, and most recently, creating a teacher supervision document using the principles of assessment in the service of learning as a guide.

An innate ability to put people at ease, and instruct from a place of comfort and openness allow Brenda to effectively challenge assumptions through her presenting, coaching, and mentorship roles. Whether it’s a one-to-one coaching context, or facilitating a session for an audience of one hundred or more, her approach remains the same: What are you looking to achieve, and how can we plan pathways that will bring you there? Each and every session is custom designed for the learners Brenda is supporting.

Registered participants will receive:

  • Five Core Interactive Presentations, each 75 minutes in length, presented at 1:00 EST (10:00 am PST) once every day for one week beginning on November 14th, 2022.
  • Chapters and articles from leading texts on core concepts,  carefully selected to help participants fully grasp the theoretical and strategic framework.  
  • Numerous documents with rubrics, protocols, methods, illustrations, detailed case studies and other resources for immediate practical application in your role as a PD Learning Leader. [most will be in handout].
  • An online “binder” (or resource repository), where you can access the program components, including full audio & video recordings of the live presentations which you can access until November 2023.


  • Access to course materials, including classroom video clips, that you can use in your work includes a special licence to an online course, Building an Assessment Plan: An Online Course which has classroom footage and other elements that can be used in your work with others.
  • “Podcast Series” Interviews with Brenda, Anne and other PD Leaders who have deep experience in planning and supporting professional learning across schools and systems, and as consultants. These discussions will be shared via private podcast.
  • Three complementary eBooks, Lesson Study, Residency, and Instructional Talk Throughs.
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Who We Are and the Results of Our Work

Connect2learning, an organization founded by Anne Davies and Stewart Duncan, has served over 500,000 educators and touched the lives of millions of students in various parts of the globe over the past twenty-five years. The overarching theme behind connect2learning’s work has centered on formative assessment, which is also known as assessment for learning. 

Our team members have worked as academics, educators, researchers, classroom leaders, school leaders, system leaders, and consultants. Through our experiences, we have each come to realize that students thrive, educators are re-energized, and schools transform when the principles and practices of formative assessment are deeply integrated into schools and classrooms. 

Teachers, schools, and systems that work with us often come back year after year to continue the work and deepen the transformation. Why is that? Because they see how the processes and pragmatic steps we introduce, backed by peer-reviewed research studies and our own decades of experience and reflection, make an immediate difference to students, educators, and leaders.

In most instances, student learners become more engaged and develop greater self-confidence and more enthusiasm for the subjects being taught. This leads to better grades and higher graduation rates. Students who struggle and are at risk often see the greatest turnaround. Educators and school leaders report that these students move to new and unexpected levels of success. 

For teachers, it is transformative to their careers when this begins to happen in their own classrooms, and they see learners begin to blossom out in new ways and new directions. Educators find it so gratifying to see the positive changes and they themselves are renewed to do their work of changing lives.

What People Are Saying About Us

“One of connect2learning’s biggest strengths is the ability to provide a bridge between research and theory, on one hand, and applicability in the classroom on the other.”
Marc Champagne, Executive Director, Commission scolaire Francophone du Yukon
“We have had 100% participation in connect2learning’s virtual platform and have received excellent feedback from our staff. We are entering our third year of collaboration.”
Donna L., Director of Education
I have been familiar with the resources and expertise of connect2learning for many years as they are recognized leaders in the area of education and student assessment practices in Canada. We can attest to the skills and knowledge of the connect2learning team and appreciated their flexibility to adapt and customize their services to meet our needs.
Tom Aikman, Student Assessment Coordinator, GNWT
"We sent a team of teachers, administrators, and district staff to Anne’s Leadership Symposium. With the help of Anne and her team of resource people, we were able to develop a comprehensive plan for the implementation of Assessment for Learning in our school district. We subsequently booked Anne to come and work with us during the year. During her first visit, she facilitated the work of teams of teachers and administrators from all 41 schools in our district. Using her excellent resources, particularly the book, Making Classroom Assessment Work, Anne did a masterful job of engaging her audience and encouraging them to commit to work that they would do in the future."
H.G., Former Superintendent, Central Okanagan School District #23, BC
"I engaged Anne in partnership with our Ministry of Education to carry out a series of Assessment for Learning workshops throughout New Zealand. These were so well received that Anne revisited us the following year and carried out further, more specialized workshops. Without exception, both the content and presentation was lauded; Anne is certainly viewed as being at the cutting edge of assessment theory and practice. She is equally at ease working with small and large groups of educators and consistently displays a refined sense of humour; an empathy with and knowledge of learners (teachers are learners, learners are teachers); flexibility; content knowledge par excellence; and a willingness to reflect." 
K.S., Former Principal, Stratford Primary School, New Zealand

"As an educational system, we can only hope to make our assessment dreams a reality by sharing this journey among all our stakeholders. Anne Davies’s session showed us how to embed meaningful, effective, and learner-friendly assessment strategies among students, colleagues, parents, and trustees. When we create this common language and become a learning organization, everyone gains clarity. Adults and students alike understand where we are and what our next steps should be."
Carol Walters, K7 Literary Resource Teacher, SD #71, BC


  • Planning for Powerful Professional Learning (November 14 @ 1:00 EST)
  • Planning for Evidence of Learning and Feedback (November 15 @ 1:00 EST)
  • Describing Quality for Adult Learners (November 16 @ 1:00 EST)
  • Centering the Learning in Classrooms (November 17 @ 1:00 EST)
  • Supporting Engagement, Thinking, and Reflection (November 18 @ 1:00 EST)


PD Leaders Symposium Standard

Early Bird Price $469

Reg. $549

  • Five Core Interactive Presentations and Modules Provide a Framework for Transforming your work as a PD Leader
  • Chapters and articles from leading texts
  • Numerous documents
  • An online “binder” that you can access until November 2023

PD Leaders Symposium PLUS

Early Bird Price $669

Reg. $749

  • Everything in the Standard Package PLUS
  • Access to course materials
  • “Podcast Series” Interviews with Brenda, Anne and other PD Leaders
  • Included online course: Building an Assessment Plan

Group Discounts

3-9 team members: 10% discount

10 team members and above: 15% discount

Taxes extra where applicable.

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