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PD Leaders Symposium 2023: Professional Development That Leads to Learning


This Series Delivers a Pathway for Successful PD Leadership, with NINE 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, while working within a new and changing context. What can PD leaders do to keep everyone learning and thriving when the job is so huge? What can PD Leaders do to reconnect with past successful practices to re-vitalize and re-energize and support professional learning that enhances practice and student learning?

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 May 29, 2023, for a deep dive into proven approaches for engaging and supporting adult learners - flexible enough to assist you in nurturing and fostering professional learning no matter the challenges ahead Take time NOW to plan for 2023-2024 school year!


As a bonus - you will be automatically registered for FOUR webinars focused on being a PD Leader. They are:


Title: Building a GREAT Workshop: A Fail-safe Structure 

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Time: 3:00 ET (online webinar)

Workshop Leader: Brenda Augusta

Description: There are times when we as professional development leaders choose to lean on a proven structure, one that can be adapted to any content. Join Brenda for a session using a structure she returns to again and again. There will be a 30 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute Q&A.


Title: Engaging Participants In Learning: Tried and True Processing Ideas  

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Time: 3:00 ET (online webinar)

Workshop Leader: Dr. Anne Davies

Description: The most effective and powerful professional development leaders know that participants need to be actively engaged in their learning. In this session Anne will share her favourite FIVE Processing activities that lead to learning. There will be a 30 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute Q&A.


Title: EVERYONE’s a Learner!

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Time: 3:00 ET (online webinar)

Workshop Leader: Linda Inglis

Description: Instructional Talk Throughs(ITT) - relationship-based, assessment for learning strategies, classroom embedded professional development, focused observations and conversations, evidence of student learning, informed practice, AND enhanced student learning - join Linda to see how all of these come together to engage students, teachers, leaders and move every one’s learning forward. There will be a 30 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute Q&A.


Title: Planning Professional Development: Where do I begin?

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Time: 3:00 ET (online webinar)

Leader: Rita Campitelli

Description: Planning for Professional Development for your district can be a daunting task. Whether you are new in this role or have many years of experience, planning for a year of learning for your district is essential in order to maximize time and budgets. In this session, we will break down the process and look at ways you can approach planning for a full year of professional learning. This 30 minute presentation will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A and discussion.

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

The PD  Leaders’ Symposium 2023 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 Leadership, with NINE Interactive Presentations and Additional Resources.

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

  • Immediate access to FIVE recordings from PD Leader Symposium 2022.
  • Immediate registration in FOUR workshops offered from January to April - They are: 
    • Building a GREAT Workshop: A Fail-safe Structure with Brenda Augusta (January 11, 2023)
    • Engaging Participants In Learning: Tried and True Processing Ideas with Dr. Anne Davies (February 1, 2023)
    • EVERYONE’s a Learner! with Linda Inglis (March 15, 2023)
    • Planning PD for the Year: Where do I Begin? with Rita Campitelli (April 5, 2023) 
  • Five Core Interactive Presentations, each 60 minutes in length, presented at 3:00 EST (12:00 am PST) once every day for one week beginning on May 29th, 2023. 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 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.

Registered participants will receive:

  • Five Core Interactive Presentations, each 60 minutes in length, presented at 3:00 EST (12:00 am PST) once every day for one week beginning on May 29, 2023 and ending on June 2, 2023.
  • 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 May 2024.
  • Immediate registration in FOUR workshops offered from January to April, 2023. 

PLUS Members will also receive:

  • 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 

“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.
M.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.”
D.L., Director of Education
“To 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.”
R.C., Coordinator of Secondary Program, York Catholic District School Board Aurora, ON
"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."
R.S., School Renewal Specialist, DOE Hawaii

Focused Sessions

  • Session #1: Planning for Powerful Professional Learning 
  • Session #2: Planning for Evidence of Learning and Feedback 
  • Session #3: Describing Quality for Adult Learners 
  • Session #4: Centering the Learning in Classrooms 
  • Session #5: Supporting Engagement, Thinking, and Reflection


PD Leaders Symposium Standard

Early Bird Price $499

Reg. $589

  • Five Core Interactive Presentations and Modules Provide a Framework for Transforming your work as a PD Leader
  • Immediate access to FOUR live webinars (January 11, February 1, March 15 and April 5, 2023)
  • Immediate access to FIVE recordings from PD Leaders Symposium 2022
  • Chapters and articles from leading texts
  • Numerous supportive documents 
  • An online “binder” that you can access until May 2024

PD Leaders Symposium PLUS

Early Bird Price $699

Reg. $789

Group Discounts

3-9 team members: 10% discount

10 or more team members: 15% discount

Taxes extra where applicable.

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