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Program Begins on August 22, 2022

New Teachers' Foundations Program

Dr. Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst and the Connect2Learning team are excited to announce a foundational program for new Secondary School teachers, with recordings of four 60-minute webinars. These recordings are bundled with valuable resources that are available immediately and throughout the coming school year.

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 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 webinars include classroom-based examples, strategies, and accounts and will be facilitated by Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst, two leading authors and voices worldwide on assessment and instruction.

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

  • Recordings of four 60-minute webinars with Anne Davies, Sandra Herbst and their team which deeply explore the core topics.
  • Access to six 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).
  • Subscription to the C2L Insiders' online community for educators with valuable content, a discussion forum, and more (see details below). Access runs until August 2024.
  • 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?

  • Secondary School teachers who are brand new to teaching this year.
  • New teachers who just completed the school year may also be interested in joining this program. 
  • The program will provide educators with perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that they encountered (or will encounter) in their first year of teaching and provide them with a framework for success!

Pricing for this foundational program is as follows:


1 Participant


2-5 Participants


6-10 Participants


11-20 Participants


21-50 Participants


50+ Participants


*Note: Taxes not included.

This program is an extraordinary value; the list price for the individual components totals over $800, without even including the live webinars facilitated by two leading professional development experts!

For school leaders, enrol your new teachers in this program; the tools and encouragement that they receive will ensure that they have a strong start to the school year and their careers. Your new teachers will thank you and will benefit for years to come!

How to Pay

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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.

Program Components

  • Recordings of four 60-minutes webinars 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 one-year subscription to the C2L Insiders' online community for educators with a library of valuable content and a discussion forum and more.
  • Immediate access for one year to the three online courses described below.
  • A copy of the following 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
  • Collecting 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: A Focus on Mathematics, Science, and Technical-Vocational

Teachers deliberately seek to involve students in the assessment process so that they can be engaged and successful. In secondary classrooms, this means that students: 

  • 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 mathematics, science, and technical-vocational courses and inform the selection of high-impact strategies and learning activities.  


Session Four – Engaging Students Through Quality Assessment: A Focus on English, Humanities, Languages, and Arts

Using the 7 actions of assessment for learning in English, humanities, languages, and arts courses means that students are engaged and achieving higher levels of success. Leveraging these high-yield strategies in instruction just makes sense!

Included E-Book - A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools

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
  • Reporting the learning to others

This resource is chock-full of examples from across subject areas and disciplines (e.g. , biology, mathematics, arts, history, social studies, world issues, IB, English, geography) and highlights specific strategies to use as you plan, implement, and reflect. This refreshing look at grading and reporting arises from DOING this important work with high schools and systems across North America.

Online Courses

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

Included Online Course - A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in Secondary 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, 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 and assessment and how you move to evaluation 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 opportunities to pause and reflect.

  • 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
  • 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


  • 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.

Included Online Course: Evaluation and Reporting

Developing informed professional judgment is a key professional undertaking and one to be purposefully developed and guarded. To this end, teachers are working thoughtfully to make sense of grading and reporting structures in order to better reflect what students know, do, and say in light of changing learning priorities. They are rethinking assessment of learning to communicate their informed professional judgment about what students have learned with greater clarity.

The purpose of this course is to give you and your colleagues an opportunity to learn more about intentionally growing professional judgment and improving your evaluation and reporting practices.

Includes eight video components and selected readings and PDF resources.

Included Online Course: Engagement and Ownership

Assessment research is clear on the matter of motivation and failure (Harlen & Deakin Crick, 2002). If you want learners to be successful, you need to:

Do More:

  • Explaining and discussing the purpose and relevance of learning
  • Providing choice and scaffolding students towards responsibility
  • Providing opportunities for students to learn with others
  • Providing specific, descriptive feedback, involving students in assessment, co-constructing criteria, and setting goals
  • Involving students in on-going self- and peer assessment in relation to easily understood criteria for success
  • Encouraging students to value effort and understanding that success has many different looks

Do Less:

  • Testing
  • Drill and practice for test taking
  • Self-evaluation (asking students to place a mark or grade on their work)
  • Comparing students in terms of test results and evaluations
  • Encouraging of competition for marks and grades amongst students

In this learning opportunity, you will have time to consider these ideas and more as you surface and extend your expertise with regard to having students engage more fully as they learn in classrooms - whether in face-to-face in-person learning, hybrid/blended or remote learning environments.

Includes eight video components and selected readings and PDF resources.

Included Online Course: Beginning With the End in Mind

This learning experience is designed to support you as you think about beginning with the end in mind while taking into consideration the complexity of the task and appreciating the simple ways you can make the task more manageable and effective. 

Includes seven video components and selected readings and PDF resources.

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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