Masterclass for Secondary Teachers on Assessment & Best Practices
Dr. Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst are excited to announce a masterclass for Secondary School teachers, designed to revitalize and deepen teachers’ expertise around key areas including assessment for learning, reporting, classroom practice, and student achievement.
Dear Secondary School Teachers and Leaders,
All professionals need high-level coaching to keep up with developments in their fields of expertise, to deal with common problems that arise and help them perform their best. In particular, professional educators need access to the latest research-based learning that makes a difference for teacher success and student achievement.
Teachers also need realtime support to help them cope with multiple stressors such as distracted students, societal and cultural challenges, public health, and behavioural issues.
Drawing upon the combined decades of experience of two leading educational consultants along with other members of the Connect2Learning team, the Teachers' Masterclass will provide educators with classroom-tested and immediately applicable strategies in the areas of assessment and evaluation.
Starting on August 29th, the Teachers’ Masterclass consists of four live webinars in the fall 2022 term, plus access to sixteen (16!) in-depth online courses and an online digital library with recordings of the webinars and other valuable resources.
The Teachers’ Masterclass will benefit individual teachers and is really designed to contribute the most to groups, including Communities of Practice, Professional Learning Communities, entire grade levels or subject areas, and entire school faculties who are looking to foster overall staff alignment with best practices in the field.
Here is what teachers will receive over the course of the 2022-23 school year:
- Enrolment in four 60-minute webinars with Anne Davies, Sandra Herbst and their team which deeply explore the core topics, to be held in late August and in the fall (your choice!). You can participate in them live or view the recordings later (see details below).
- All sessions are recorded, so participants can attend live or engage the material at a time of their choosing (either individually or with other registered participants). Recordings will be available until August 2024.
- Access to sixteen in-depth online bonus courses on core topics (see details below). Courses will be available until August 2024.
- Immediate receipt of a valuable e-book to support their teaching journey (see details below).
- A subscription to the C2L Insiders' online community for educators with a library of valuable content , a discussion forum, and more. 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! This includes over ten recorded webinars from the past two years covering timely topics around teacher success. This resource centre will remain available to participants until August 2024.
Dates & Times
The Teachers’ Masterclass consists of four live webinars in Autumn 2022. Don’t forget that all webinars are recorded and available in the online resource centre, so participants can access the material on-demand at a time suitable to their own schedules.
- Session 1: August 29 at Noon ET
- Session 2: September 26 at Noon ET
- Session 3: October 31 at Noon ET
- Session 4: November 28 at Noon ET
A Note to Professional Development Leaders
For over twenty-five years, the Connect2Learning team has worked with groups of secondary teachers in workshops of various formats and we therefore deeply understand what is needed for professional learning to happen. As such, we have constructed this Teachers’ Masterclass to be an ongoing resource to support teachers in their learning over time, not just a one-time set of webinars.
To achieve this goal, we are providing the following:
- Four core live webinars are recorded fall 2022, and made available until August 2024. For those keen to participate again, they will be able to review the content and gain new perspectives.
- Because the live webinars are recorded for on-demand access after the session, learning groups of registered participants such as PLCs can get together to watch a session, pause it for discussions, and revisit any content that needs further consideration.
- We are providing access to the recordings and supplemental resources (including C2L Insiders' Online Community) until August 2024.
- Finally, we include sixteen exceptional self-study courses of in-depth video segments and other resources on a number of key topics (details below), so teachers can dig even deeper into the material either individually or via their professional learning groups, also until August 2024.
“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
Topics & Content Focus
Session One – Beginning With Evaluation In Mind
In secondary schools, teachers begin the semester by asking themselves:
- How am I going to get to the mark or grade on the report card?
- What evidence of student learning am I going to need to collect?
- How am I going to make sure that the students are involved in collecting evidence of learning?
- How can I collect evidence that moves beyond product?
These questions can be explored by considering how to make their collection of evidence even more reliable and valid and determining increasingly efficient ways to collect evidence from observations and conversations. This session will share practical examples to help you find your own responses to these questions.
Session Two – The 7 Actions of Assessment for Learning in Secondary Classrooms: A Focus on Mathematics, Science, and Technical-Vocational Courses
Secondary students can be involved in assessment when they:
- 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 assessment tasks.
Session Three – The 7 Actions of Assessment for Learning in Secondary Classrooms: A Focus on English, Humanities, Languages, and Arts Courses
When teachers use the 7 actions of assessment for learning in English, humanities, languages, and arts courses, students are engaged and working harder than their teachers…while raising their achievement levels.
Session Four – Curriculum Deep Dives: What Learning Do I Want To Linger?
Quality assessment practice mean that teachers:
- do a ‘deep dive’ into their curriculum and standards documents and ask themselves, “What is essential? What learning must linger for my students?”
- check to make sure that the evidence that is being collected is both valid and reliable.
- examine student work and engage in conversations with their colleagues to continuously affirm what quality and success are.
- make sure to plan to collect baseline evidence of learning at the beginning of the semester or quadmester.
A focus in these four areas results in the sharpening of teachers’ professional judgment and the renewal of a cycle of teaching, learning, and assessment that makes a difference in the success and achievement for each student.
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 Bonus Courses Included
In addition to the live webinar sessions and the other resources, the Teachers’ Masterclass includes access to SIXTEEN in-depth courses on key pedagogical 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):
A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in Secondary Classrooms
Building an Assessment Plan
12 Quick Fixes: Teaching and Assessment in These Times
Parents: Understanding Teaching and Assessment in These Times
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
Pricing for this program is as follows:
*Note: Taxes not included.
For more than 100 participants, fill out the form or contact Nick Christofis at the number/email below
This program is an extraordinary value; the list price for the sixteen courses, e-book, and other resources totals over $1,750, without even including the live webinars facilitated by leading professional development experts!
For school leaders, enrol your teachers in this program; the tools and encouragement that they receive will help them renew their energy and vision for teaching and advance their careers and student achievement. Your teachers will thank you and will benefit for years to come!
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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.
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
“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
“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
"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
"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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