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Program Begins on August 21, 2023

Elementary Teachers' Foundations Program (2023)

Dr. Anne Davies and Brenda Augusta and the Connect2Learning team are excited to announce the 2nd Annual foundational program for early career Elementary School teachers.

Dear School Leaders and Educators,

New teachers want to do their very best!

New teachers have lots of questions about creating and implementing a teaching and assessment plan of action that actually works given the diversity of learning needs in classrooms today. They are also looking to understand principles and best practices that provide a framework for classroom success. Teachers new to the profession need proven, practical information that they can use immediately!

The New Teachers’ Foundation Program (2023) is designed to help new teachers deeply grasp best approaches that enhance student achievement. The areas of focus include: 

  • Preparing for Quality Classroom Instruction and Assessment
  • Activating and Engaging Learners
  • Evaluating and Reporting to Others
  • And more!

These recorded webinars include classroom-based examples, strategies, and accounts and are facilitated by Anne Davies and Brenda Augusta, two leading authors and voices worldwide on assessment and instruction.

Here is what teachers will receive over the course of the school year:

  • FOUR LIVE Webinars with Dr. Anne Davies and Brenda Augusta commencing August 21 - 24, 2023 held daily at 12:00 pm ET. Each webinar is 60 minutes long.
  • Recordings of four 60-minute webinars with Anne Davies, Sandra Herbst and their team which deeply explore the core topics.
  • Access to three in-depth online bonus courses on core topics (see details below).
  • Immediate receipt of a valuable e-book to support their teaching journey (see details below).

Access to an online resource library with recordings of the live webinars and other resources, such as PDFs, handouts, articles, chapters, examples, and more for educators to use in their own classrooms! Access runs until August 2024.

Who Is This For?

  • Elementary School teachers who are early in their career. . 
  • New teachers who just completed the school year may also be interested in joining this program. 

This outstanding series provides educators with perspectives on the challenges and opportunities they encountered (or will encounter) in their first year of teaching and provides them with a framework for success!

Pricing information coming soon 

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 Augusta - Senior Associate

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 maintaining Brenda’s connection to the classroom, the venue in which she sees the greatest potential for positive change.

As an author, Brenda 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 professional growth plan 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.

Although Brenda’s roles in the realm of education are many, she will always identify as a ‘teacher’ in the classical sense: a practitioner with a dedication to influence and support students, teachers, and leaders – learners all.

Program Components

  • Four LIVE webinars August 21 - 24, 2023 with Dr. Anne Davies and Brenda Augusta at 12:00 ET.
  • Four 60-minute recordings  with Dr. Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst of webinars recorded in 2022 and accessible in an online resource library until August 2024.
  • Immediate access to an online resource library with resources such as PDFs, handouts, articles, chapters, examples, and more for educators to use in their own classrooms.
  • Immediate access for one year to the three online courses described below.
  • A copy of the e-book described below.

Topics & Content Focus

 

Session One – Preparing for Quality Classroom Assessment 

Preparing to teach, in other words preparing for student learning, is critical. If we don’t know where we are going, we may never get there. This means that teachers:

  • Determine the learning destination by examining our curricular and standards documents
  • Research the expected quality levels by asking, “What does success look like?”
  • Plan to collect reliable and valid evidence of learning by identifying potential activities, tasks, projects, and other learning experiences
  • Collect baseline evidence of learning in order to, later, demonstrate just how far students have progressed
  • Identify the reporting structures that are used in their schools and systems

 

Session Two – Preparing to Evaluate And Report To Others

At the end of learning, teachers pause to evaluate the degree to which learning has occurred and report that to others. It takes preparation to be ready to: 

  • Finalize the collection of evidence of learning 
  • Make informed professional judgments based on the body of evidence that has been collected for each student
  • Report learning and achievement using the required format
  • Involve students in the reporting and communicating process

 

Session Three – Engaging Students Through Quality Assessment: Part One

Teachers deliberately involve students in the assessment process so that they are engaged and develop ownership of the learning. The strategies and structures need to be practical and possible, as well as invite students to:

  • understand the learning destination
  • examine samples
  • co-construct criteria
  • self-assess and provide feedback to others
  • set goals
  • collect evidence of their learning
  • communicate their learning to others 

These 7 actions of assessment for learning become key instructional tools in classrooms where students are motivated and successful. 

 

Session Four – Engaging Students Through Quality Assessment: Part Two

Using the 7 actions of assessment for learning in classroom instruction results in high levels of student engagement. In this session, even more immediately applicable strategies that centre the seven actions will be highlighted.

Included E-Book - Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms

Authors: Sandra Herbst, Anne Davies

This book describes, step-by-step, how you can effectively work towards a powerful, practical, and informed standards-based grading and reporting process. Respected authors, Sandra Herbst and Dr. Anne Davies, examine the essential components of evaluation that both model and mirror effective practice:

  • preparing for learning, teaching, and assessment;
  • engaging students in assessment in support of their learning; and
  • reporting the learning to others.

There is no single right answer, but rather many right ones that respect the structure of each unique subject area, support student learning and achievement, communicate effectively with a range of audiences, and fulfill our required legal and regulatory responsibilities.

After the book A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools was published, many educators asked when the elementary edition would be available. This book was written in response to these requests and arises from the important work of transforming classroom assessment. It results from many years of working alongside elementary teachers, as well as school and system leaders. These student-, teacher-, administrator-, and parent-tested ideas will help you find your way to grading and reporting processes that are both possible and practical – not just during report card time, but all year long.

Online Courses

These six courses cover the ENTIRE classroom assessment process from beginning to end.

Included Online Course - Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms

Standards and outcome-based instruction, assessment, evaluation, and reporting are totally possible when we PLAN TO DO SO. As you know, it’s important to take time to prepare for teaching and learning, for student engagement in the classroom assessment process, and for evaluation and reporting to others.

This course supports you to reflect on the ways that you already engage your learners in the process of standards and outcomes-based instruction, assessment, grading, and reporting. It also can offer you some ideas and strategies to adapt for your use.

This course is a complete learning experience. It has everything that you need, including video clips, reading materials, as well as prompts to encourage reflection and application.

  • Module 1 – Preparing for Teaching and Learning
  • Module 2 – Activating and Engaging Learners through In-Formative Assessment
  • Module 3 – After the Learning: Evaluating and Reporting to Others
  • Module 4 – Summing Up
  • Includes thirteen video-based lectures and classroom video clips.
  • Transcripts are provided so that those who wish to read rather than listen and/or view can do so.

Included Online Course - Building an Assessment Plan: K-12

This online course provides step-by-step directions to help you build a comprehensive assessment plan that works for you and your students. The six modules include step-by-step directions, readings, videos, and ready-to-use templates that will allow you to take your outcomes, standards, competencies, or expectations and create a plan that will give you what you need to confidently evaluate, grade, and report. This course includes:

  • Module 1: Overview
  • Module 2: Beginning With The End In Mind
  • Module 3: Determining Reliable and Valid Evidence of Learning
  • Module 4: Describing Quality And Proficiency
  • Module 5: Professional Judgment and Evaluation
  • Module 6: Summing Up And Next Steps
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Video-based Lectures and classroom videos [over 151 minutes]
  • Video-based FAQs (twenty-two segments)
  • E-Chapter from “Making Classroom Assessment Work” 4th Edition, by Anne Davies, PhD
  • Transcripts are provided so that those who wish to read rather than listen and/or view can do so.
  • Handouts are provided to support learning.

Included Online Course - 12 Quick Fixes: Teaching and Assessment in These Times

The 12 areas of focus in this course, 12 Quick Fixes: Teaching and Assessment in These Times, allow you to re-examine the ways that our practices can still ignite student learning. The order is yours to decide - from beginning to end or you can select the ones that will assist you in responding to the emerging questions that you currently face.

This course covers:

  •  Engagement and Ownership
  •  Beginning With the End in Mind
  •  Using Samples for Quality and Success
  •  Planning for Reliable and Valid Evidence
  •  Co-constructing Criteria for Success
  •  Success Through Powerful Feedback
  •  Instructional Rubrics for Learning
  •  Self- and Peer Assessment
  •  Goal Setting that Energizes Learning
  •  Collecting Evidence of Learning
  •  Communicating Evidence of Learning
  •  Evaluation and Reporting

Includes:

  • Fourteen video-based segments designed for secondary and elementary educators, as well as school and system leaders [over 111 minutes]
  • Relevant chapters from “Making Classroom Assessment Work”, 4th Edition by Anne Davies, PhD.
  • Transcripts are provided so that those who wish to read rather than listen and/or view can do so.
  • Handouts are provided to support learning.

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

 

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