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Assessment Matters 3-day Series

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Facilitator(s): Tim Coates
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Oct 17, 2016 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2Jan 23, 2017 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 3Apr 10, 2017 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 17-AS-122

Target Audience

All Teachers, Teacher Leads, Instructional Leaders, Learning Coaches, Administrators and anyone who is interested in improving their assessment practices

About this learning opportunity

Without appropriate, high quality assessment, even the best curriculum and instruction is diminished.  For this and other reasons, assessment cannot be treated as an afterthought, but rather as a key element of an overall teaching strategy. 

The learning series “Assessment Matters” is designed to provide practical strategies and approaches to making the best quality assessment instruments.  The series will also include discussion on how to most effectively use information gathered through assessing, to provide achievement information to students, parents, and other audiences.

Each session will include hands-on activities and time for you to discuss assessment issues and how such issues may be best resolved.

Some of the topics that will be addressed are:

  • Understanding program standards
  • Assessing for the big ideas
  • Applying the principles of fair assessment
  • Making the best use of formative assessment
  • Benefitting from blueprinting
  • Constructing rubrics and other scoring methods
  • Making high quality multiple choice and other selected-response items
  • Crafting appropriate constructed responses and performance assessments
  • Providing effective exemplars of student work
  • Offering meaningful feedback
  • Understanding standardized assessments

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Tim Coates regards all his education experiences (student, teacher, administrator, assessment specialist, university lecturer) as important in developing his perspectives on education.   As such, Tim has been his perspectives on education since 1963, the year he entered grade one.

Tim taught for a number of years before being seconded to Alberta Education in 1994.  At Alberta Education, Tim served as a Diploma Examination Manager, first for Social Studies 33 and later for Social Studies 30.  He also worked in the curriculum branch for several years helping develop the most recent social studies program for high school. 

Tim is as a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta, teaching a course in classroom assessment for students in their IPT round.  Tim is also an education consultant providing sessions and workshops on a variety of assessment-related topics.

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