Learning Opportunity

A Fresh Look at Assessment and Evaluation in Middle and Secondary Schools: Connecting to Competencies

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Sandra Herbst
Date:April 05, 2016
Time:9:00 am to 3:30 pm MTN
$165.00 (Individual)
$150.00 (Group with minimum 2 participants per single transaction)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ATA Barnett House)
11010 - 142 Street NW
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Session Code: 16-CR-130
Focus: Assessment Leadership

Target Audience

Grades 7-12 Educators, Learning Coaches, District Leads, Administrators and Support Staff

About this Learning Opportunity

What are competencies? Why focus on competencies? What is the Ministerial Order on Student Learning? Is there an expectation from Alberta Education that I teach/support the development of competencies presented in the Ministerial Order on Student Learning? Yes!!!

This learning opportunity is your opportunity to engage in professional learning that is designed specifically with middle and secondary educators in mind. When you attend this one-day session, you will discover powerful, practical, and informed strategies that can help you uncover more connections between competency-based education and assessment and evaluation, as well as ways to drive student achievement.

Session highlights include:

  • A day of professional learning for middle and secondary school teachers, leaders, and professional support staff.
  • Information about the essential components of assessment and evaluation in a competency-based environment – preparing for learning, teaching, and assessment; engaging students in assessment in support of their learning; and reporting the learning to others.
  • Strategies to get to a final percentage, mark, or score that includes evidence from multiple sources - product, observation, and conversation.
  • Examples, video clips, and accounts from middle and secondary teachers across a wide variety of discipline areas and programs.
  • Opportunities to talk about challenges in assessment and evaluation at the middle and secondary levels (e.g. preparing students for university entrance, dealing with late assignments, large number of students per term or semester).
  • Time to network, reflect, and share with other middle and secondary educators during the session and over lunch.

This session is being offered on a cost recovery basis.

About the Facilitator

Sandra Herbst, CEO for connect2learning, is a noted system leader, author, speaker, coach, consultant, and educator with extensive experience in assessment, leadership, and adult learning.

Sandra’s expertise, informed by wide-ranging practice and research, is enhanced by her compassion and humour. She has worked in both elementary and secondary schools as a classroom and specialty teacher, school administrator, and program consultant. Sandra is the former assistant superintendent of the second-largest school district in Manitoba and a past President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and the Manitoba ASCD Affiliate.

As a facilitator of workshops, web conferences, and Institutes across North America and internationally, Sandra provides teachers and leaders with strategies and methods to help meet the diverse needs of learners. She engages in long-term projects with school systems including co-teaching and co-planning with teachers. Sandra models strategies through demonstration lessons with students in their classrooms. Through these events and interactions, Sandra has conveyed her vision, humour, and passion to thousands of teachers and has followed up with many of them to assess and learn from their experiences.

Sandra is co-author (with Anne Davies) of the newly published book, A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools (2014). She is a co-editor (with Kathy Busick and Anne Davies) of Quality Assessment in High Schools: Accounts from Teachers (2013). In 2012, Sandra co-authored the Leaders’ Series: Transforming Schools and Systems Using Assessment: A Practical Guide and Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide with Anne Davies and Beth Parrott Reynolds. She has several more works in progress in the areas of leadership and assessment.

As Sandra works with schools, systems, and organizations, whether in person or online, she tailors her work to meet the learners’ needs. She is a charismatic and highly energetic speaker and leader who is deeply committed to seeing the educational system contribute to the success of all learners.