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Program Begins on August 24, 2022

New Principals' Foundations Program

Dr. Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst and the Connect2Learning team are excited to announce a foundational program for new principals and others new to leadership positions, with a set of live webinars kicking off in late August. These live sessions are bundled with valuable resources that are available immediately and throughout the 2022/23 and 2023/24 school years.


Dear School Leaders,

Much is expected of new principals, but what resources do they need to succeed? 

New principals are called to lead while facing many challenges from their very first day. To be successful, they need to reframe those challenges into opportunities and hold a clear picture of the school’s aspirations and goals in mind.

To support new principals, Dr. Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst of Connect2Learning have created a high-level masterclass with three live webinars beginning in August 2022 and ending in October. These live sessions are bundled with an in-depth library of valuable resources that will provide new leaders with deep insights into leadership, teaching, classroom assessment, grading, and reporting.

The New Principals’ Foundations Program is designed to help novice leaders deeply understand a framework of assessment for learning in theory and practice, along with additional key concepts and best practices required of every new or aspiring principal.

Who Is This For?

The New Principals’ Foundations Program is for principals who are just starting out in their positions. New principals who just completed the 2021-22 school year will also benefit, as the program can provide them with perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that they encountered in their first year and offer them a framework for success in year two!

It will also be of great value to those in supporting leadership roles such as vice-principals and those who are aspiring leaders.

For district leaders, enrol your new principals in this program; the frameworks, perspectives and resources they receive will ensure they have a strong start to their first year and this new stage in their careers. Your new principals will thank you for years to come!


Three 75-Minute Webinars 

  • August 24, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET: Thinking about your leadership stance and understanding how principles of assessment for learning can inform actions.
  • September 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET: Delving into ways to engage your educators in thinking about classroom practices that have the most impact on student learning.
  • October 26, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET: Understanding practices that are working and adjustments that may be required to achieve your goals. 

These live webinars will be facilitated by Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst, top educational consultants and leading authors and voices worldwide on assessment and instruction. 

Note: Each live webinar is recorded and made available until June 15, 2024 in the resource library.


Bonus Resources

  • Access to an online resource library with recordings of the live webinars and other resources, such as PDFs, handouts, articles, chapters, models, and more for leaders to use in their own schools! Access until June 15, 2024.
  • Access to over twenty in-depth online courses in the Connect2Learning course platform on classroom assessment, grading, reporting, teaching, learning, and leadership (more detail below). Access until June 15, 2024.
  • Immediate receipt of a valuable e-book to support their leadership journey: Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide (by Anne Davies, Sandra Herbst & Beth Parrott Reynolds).
  • Subscription to the C2L Insider, an online community for educators with a library of valuable content (including over twenty recorded webinars from the past two years covering timely topics around teacher and leader success), a discussion forum, and regular fresh content. Access until June 15, 2024.

Note: Participants will be able to mine these resources for ideas, concepts, practical how-to information, and valuable content to support their own leadership.

“To Anne, Sandra, and all the professionals at connect2learning: For many years, we, as a system and myself, as a teacher and coordinator, have relied on your professional learning resources that are grounded in sound pedagogy and teaching practices. With the addition of the c2l online learning modules, our teachers had the opportunity to refine their assessment and evaluation practices while working through the modules in collaborative groups. The teachers enjoyed the options available to them and that they are able to return to the modules throughout the school year. It has been a pleasure working with the professionals at c2l, as they listened to all of our requests and exceeded our expectations. I look forward to working with them in the years to come.”
Rita Campitelli, Coordinator of Secondary Program, York Catholic District School Board Aurora, ON


Pricing for this transformational program is as follows:


1 Participant


2-5 Participants


6-10 Participants


11 and Above


Note: Taxes not included

Order by July 15th to receive an additional 20% Early Bird discount!


This program is an extraordinary value; the list price for the online courses, books, and other resources totals over $2,000, without even including the live webinars facilitated by two top professional development leaders!

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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.

Sandra Herbst - Senior Associate

Sandra is an author, speaker, coach, mentor, and consultant with extensive experience in educational and system leadership, adult learning, and assessment. She has helped jurisdictions, districts, and schools to reflect on their current programs, identify their long-term aspirations, and strategically plan to achieve their future visions.

As a facilitator of workshops, web conferences, and symposia across North America – and as a renowned executive coach – Sandra provides educators with a framework to help meet the diverse needs of both student and adult learners. 

Her tireless efforts to increase student achievement earned a nomination for the Lieutenant Governor’s Elementary School Classroom Teacher Award and the YMCA Women of Distinction Award. She has served as President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and as President of the Manitoba Affiliate of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).  

Amongst her many books and articles, Sandra co-authored the research report “System Leaders Using Assessment for Learning as Both the Change and the Change Process: Developing Theory From Practice” – an 11 year longitudinal study focused on system leadership, published in The Curriculum Journal.

Bonus Book Included with this Program

Included E-Book - Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide

Authors: Sandra Herbst, Anne Davies,Beth Parrott Reynolds

Based on the third edition of Making Classroom Assessment Work, the popular guidebook for teachers, Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide (the second edition of Leading the Way to Making Classroom Assessment Work) is designed to help school administrators, district leaders (or personnel), and superintendents support educators and students in the assessment process.

This guide describes indicators of successful assessment practice and ways of supporting teachers in the classroom, as well as examples of how leaders have modeled assessment for learning to colleagues and students in their school communities. It also offers a practical approach to the challenges of meeting traditional evaluation standards, while assessing learning in many other ways. This book also features a collection of pertinent research summaries, as well as reproducibles to help implement the ideas into practice.

Online Bonus Courses Included

In addition to the live webinar sessions and the other resources, the New Principals’ Masterclass includes access to TWENTY in-depth courses on key concepts. Individual teachers and/or professional learning groups can access these courses for actionable information to help fully grasp the concepts behind successful instruction and how to apply them to classroom practice. 

These courses have been created by Dr. Anne Davies, Sandra Herbst, and the Connect2Learning team and offer the latest research-based information to help teachers succeed!

The list below provides a brief overview of each course (please click the plus sign to reveal the full description of any particular course):

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

“School administrators, teachers, and I have had the opportunity to work with Sandra to further our understanding and enhance our professional practice in assessment and instruction. Wow! The breadth and depth of her expertise in these areas is quite remarkable. She engages us in meaningful conversations based on current research and then seamlessly moves from the philosophical to the specific and practical. She affirms the hard work that we do and both challenges and supports us to move forward. Whether working with a group of 30 or 300, Sandra makes personal connections through her stories, real life experiences and fabulous sense of humour. The feedback from staff is exceptionally positive... we want her back!”
Robert C., Superintendent of Schools – South District, The Winnipeg School Division, MB
“Because the connect2learning team is actively involved in research and writing, they are constantly on the forefront of evolving trends and best practices in K-12 education. I consider them to be the best in the business.
Marc C., 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


 "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
"When working with Anne/Sandra/Brenda and C2L, we have been able to learn how to utilize practical tools and examples of the processes that engage students as co-owners of their learning. The resources and training have enabled us to focus on providing professional development to engage teachers and school administrators on how to engage students in the learning process effectively. We continue to use connect2learning as a key component in our efforts to support our schools and their success."
Rampal S. School Renewal Specialist, DOE Hawaii
"Sandra was fantastic at our conference. Her sessions were very popular amongst participants and the feedback thus far has been extremely positive. Her sessions got to the heart of the matter for us with respect to assessment. She challenged thinking and caused many to reflect on their assessment practices. Not only were Sandra's sessions time well spent but she also took time to connect with her audience. People commented on how she would continue conversations during breaks and even long after her session had ended. A great experience."
Paul R., School Development & Assessment, NFLD

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