Learning Opportunity

Assessing Competencies Confidently in Grades K-6 Classrooms

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Sandra Herbst
Date:April 06, 2016
Time:9:00 am to 3:30 pm MTN
$150.00 (Group with minimum 2 participants per single transaction)
$165.00 (Individual)
(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-131
Focus: Assessment Leadership

Target Audience

Grades K-6 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!!! 

Do some of these questions sound familiar to you?

  • How can I prepare to teach with competencies in mind?
  • How do I support learning in a competency-based classroom?
  • In what ways might I engage learners in their own assessment?
  • What strategies can I use so that I can increase my students’ ability to self-regulate and be metacognitive?
  • How can I best communicate evidence of my students’ learning in relation to competencies?

If you do, please join us for this one-day session where we will explore the opportunities and challenges that competency-based education presents to us as educators.

Through the use of video clips, accounts, and practical and doable samples, we will uncover strategies that can help our students and ourselves to better understand what is expected and to more fully represent learning in an environment of curricular re-design.

Come prepared to talk, share ideas, and reflect!

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.