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Assessment 101: Practical Steps to Better Assessment Practices 3-day Series

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Facilitator(s): Tim Coates
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Oct 10, 2017 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2Dec 06, 2017 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 3Feb 20, 2018 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
$150.00 (for 3 days)
(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: 18-AS-049

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

In the absence of good assessment practices, 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 101” is designed to provide practical strategies and approaches to making the best quality assessment instruments. The series will include discussion on how to most effectively use information gathered through assessing, to provide achievement information to students, parents, and other audiences.  This session emphasizes the “practical” rather than the  “theoretical” so that you will take home some tangible means to affect change in how you asses on a day-to-day basis.

Each session will include hands-on activities and time for you to discuss assessment issues and how such issues may be best resolved. Time will also be provided for you to apply learning to refine and improve current assessment materials.

Some of the topics that may be addressed are:

  • Understanding program standards
  • Assessing for the big ideas
  • Applying the principles of fair assessment
  • Making the best use of formative assessment
  • 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)

After a number of years in the classroom, Tim Coates was seconded to Alberta Education as a Diploma Examination Manager; first for Social Studies 33, and later for Social Studies 30. From 2005 until 2014, Tim served as the Director of the Diploma Examination Program Branch.

Currently, Tim is both a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta, teaching a course in classroom assessment and an education consultant providing sessions and workshops on various assessment related topics.

Tim has offered many professional development presentations throughout Alberta and on several occasions in the United States. Tim’s educational interests and expertise focus on matters regarding the relationship among assessment, programs of study outcomes, and instructional practices. He has special interest in working with teachers and school authorities on how to maximize the quality of assessment practices, how to minimize assessment error, ensure an appropriate application of standards, and establish the most appropriate means to report assessment results to multiple assessment “audiences.”

In his spare time, Tim raises a small flock of free-range chickens, and has been known to bring along a dozen eggs to sessions, as a prize for a lucky participant.

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