Anne: Client Testimonials

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“Anne Davies is a consummate professional. She is charismatic and eloquent, always prepared and especially organized. She knows her subject thoroughly, continually studying and advancing its research developments. She knows her audience, dealing directly and fully with their specific professional development needs. She enables educators to invest their teaching with practical application of theory-based strategies to enhance learning.”

George Lyons, Department of English
University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine


“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.”

Hugh Gloster, Former Superintendent
Central Okanagan School District #23, British Columbia


“Anne, your impact is greater than you know on so many levels. You reminded me how important it is to respect our learners. You allowed me to not only see and hear what Assessment for Learning looks and sounds like, but more importantly, what it FEELS like! Safe, respectful, self-motivating, reflective.”

Lisa West, Curriculum Consultant
York Region District School Board, Ontario


“Anne helped us to build the foundation for other assessment initiatives that have taken place in the division. On a personal level, she is very friendly and approachable. Not only is she knowledgeable when it comes to assessment, as a presenter, she is flexible and can adapt the workshop to meet the level of the participants. One participant commented that Anne’s smooth presentation style makes it look so easy. This is comforting when the audience is apprehensive about their role in assessment that supports learning. “

Phyllis Hildebrandt, Former Superintendent of Education,
Lakeshore School Division, Manitoba


“She is a clear communicator with her feet firmly in the classroom; and, most importantly, she is passionate about the quality of classroom learning…Her presentations were informative, inspiring, firmly rooted in good professional practice, and extremely well received by the teachers. Many of our teachers said that Anne’s visit provided the best professional development that they had ever had.”

Michael Coffey, Principal
Dusseldorf, Germany


“It was so great to have Anne Davies here with us – what a terrific session it was. My criteria for a great presenter:

  • Knowledgeable
  • Stimulating
  • Inspirational
  • Responsive
  • Respectful
  • Clear
  • Fun

She has it all!

Valerie Overgaard, Former Associate Superintendent-Learning Services
Vancouver School District No. 39, British Columbia


“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.”

Kelvin Squire, Former Principal
Stratford Primary School, New Zealand


“As an educational system, we can only hope to make our assessment dreams a reality by sharing this journey among all our stakeholders. Anne Davies’s session showed us how to embed meaningful, effective, and learner-friendly assessment strategies among students, colleagues, parents, and trustees. When we create this common language and become a learning organization, everyone gains clarity. Adults and students alike understand where we are and what our next steps should be.”

Carol Walters, Teacher
SD #71, British Columbia


“Our time with Anne was absolutely amazing and life changing! We were blown away by her presentation. Anne was so personal and practical with the students. My students were surprised at how friendly and down-to-earth she was. Over the last twenty plus years I have heard many educators speak on many topics but Anne has that added edge of ‘sparkle’ that captivates her audience! All I can say is WOW! It was not only a ‘homerun’ but she cleared the ‘ball’ out of the ballpark! Simply put… it was a gift to have Anne with us!”

Derrick Mohamed, Former Principal
Glenmore Christian Academy
Calgary, Alberta


“I am amazed at Anne’s broad knowledge base and her ability to reference other resources that support our learning community’s discussions. Anne’s sessions are organized and she is very clear in the direction to take in order for us to achieve our desired learning. I am always able to take away something that I can immediately apply to practical use.”

Cathy Mills, Superintendent
Saskatchewan Rivers S.D. #119, Saskatchewan


“I learned so much from Dr. Davies – she cemented my beliefs and I learned to question some of my practices – in a good way! I appreciated her willingness to answer any questions. Thanks, Anne!”

High School Teacher
Nova Scotia


 

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