Celebrating 25 Years with connect2learning

The end of one year and the beginning of the next invites both reflection and celebration. This is particularly true for us at connect2learning in 2018 as we celebrate 25 years of proudly developing programs, products, and services that empower K-12 educators to support the success of each learner. Our research, best-selling resources, and international reputation have established connect2learning as a leader in the fields of leadership, assessment, instruction, and reporting.

Over the course of our 25th year and as an ongoing gift to you, our valued clients, we will be revealing 25 key ideas and strategies. We’ve made a list (and checked it more than twice!) and will share them one at a time with you.

All our best,
Anne, Sandra, Brenda, and the connect2learning team

Happy Anniversary!! And congratulations on 25 years of stirring the minds of educators in support of student learning!!


Cheryl Meredith

Halifax Regional School Board, NS

Congratulations on 25 years of leading and supporting learning! Your work and publications have impacted me throughout every grade level I’ve taught. Sending you wishes for 25+ more successful years!

Corinne Dutka

Prairie Spirit School Division, SK

Thank you for continuing to create the most user-friendly, rich and engaging resources to support improvements to teaching and learning for teachers and students!

Christine Battagli

Niagara Catholic District School Board, ON

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

19. Directions for a Professional Learning Conversation for the Knowing What Counts series

Our nineteenth gift to you: Directions for a Professional Learning Conversation using the 4 books in the Knowing What Counts series (Setting and Using Criteria, Self-Assessment and Goal Setting, Collecting Evidence and Portfolios, and Conferencing and Reporting) which focuses on ideas about how to involve students deeply in the classroom assessment process.

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

The thirteenth gift, from Making Writing Instruction Work, is a set of criteria that was co-constructed with students. This criteria defines quality clearly for students and gives them language to use as they talk about their writing.

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

Our twelfth gift to you is from Transforming Schools and Systems Using Assessment: A Practical Guide. Working Through Resistance is a template that can be used when considering a situation in which you are encountering (or have encountered) resistance and then determining how to respond productively.

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

The eleventh gift is from Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide. The Clapping Activity provides a great illustration of how learner involvement can make a difference. You could try this activity with your colleagues and encourage them to use it with students.

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

The tenth gift to celebrate our 25th anniversary is a complete chapter – Mathematics Teachers are Ahead of the Curve When It Comes to Assessment for Learning – from Quality Assessment in High Schools: Accounts From Teachers. It is written by a Saskatchewan classroom teacher, Murray Guest.

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

Notre sixième cadeau, tirée de Rencontres et communication de l’apprentissage, porte sur la façon dont les élèves peuvent utiliser les enveloppes d’objectifs pour recueillir des preuves et montrer comment ils sont en voie d’atteindre ou ont atteint leurs objectifs.

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

Our third gift to you is from Self-Assessment and Goal Setting, 2nd Edition by Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron, and Anne Davies. It features a self-assessment strategy that your students can use to show proof of their learning.

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

Our very first idea for you is from Setting and Using Criteria by Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron, and Anne Davies and describes a strategy that you can use to assess without grading or marking student work. Enjoy!