Anne Davies, Ph.D.

Anne Davies Ph.D.

• assessment learning authority • best selling author • world-renowned keynote speaker

As a noted international authority on quality classroom assessment, Dr. Anne Davies has supported educators, school faculties, and school systems as they have worked towards improving assessment practices in support of learning. Currently, Anne Davies focuses her time on researching and writing about classroom assessment. Anne led the Canadian team as they organized and then hosted the 5th International Symposium on Assessment for Learning and the 1st Canadian Symposium on Assessment for Learning in Fredericton, NB in April 2014.

Anne Davies, Ph.D., is the author and co-author of more than 30 books and multimedia resources, as well as numerous chapters and articles including the best seller, Making Classroom Assessment Work, now it its third edition. Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide makes up the Leaders’ series together with its companion guidebook, Transforming Schools and Systems Using Assessment: A Practical Guide (the second edition of Transforming Barriers to Assessment for Learning: Lessons Learned from Leaders). Along with co-authors Sandra Herbst and Brenda Augusta, Anne recently published Collecting Evidence and Portfolios: Engaging Students in Pedagogical Documentation, the fourth book in the popular Knowing What Counts series. Anne and co-author Sandra Herbst also wrote Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms (2016) and A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools (2014).

Client Testimonials...

Anne, you were amazing! I received a lot of wonderful feedback from the day and you were a big part of the reason why! Thank you for sharing your wisdom, challenging the group, and making the day a success.


Karen Woods, Director of Sales

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

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

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, Principal
Glenmore Christian Academy, Calgary, Alberta

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

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, Principal
Stratford Primary School, New Zealand

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

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

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, Superintendent of Education
Lakeshore School Division, Manitoba

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

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, Superintendent
Central Okanagan School District #23, British Columbia

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

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