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MAKING CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT WORK

Author: Anne Davies
ISBN: 978-0-9867851-2-2
Length: 136 pages
Reference: Davies, A. 2011. Making Classroom Assessment Work, 3rd Edition. Courtenay, BC: Connections Publishing.

This best-selling book includes powerful ideas with simple and easy-to-follow steps. In this book, Dr. Anne Davies leads educators on the path to quality classroom assessment – the bridge between what research shows and what teachers can do in their classrooms to prepare students for their lifelong learning journey. This updated edition of Making Classroom Assessment Work offers more ideas and examples of using assessment for learning to guide instruction, provide feedback, collect evidence of learning, present evidence of success and produce accurate standards-based report cards. The thoughtful and thought-provoking framework provides a guide for teachers to follow from involving students, parents, and community members in the assessment process to evaluating and reporting progress.

Chapters include:

• Building the Foundation for Classroom Assessment
• Beginning with the End in Mind
• Describing Success
• Evidence of Learning
• Involving Students in Classroom Assessment
• Collecting, Organizing, and Presenting Evidence
• Communicating About Learning
• Evaluating and Reporting

Anne Davies, Ph.D., is a researcher, writer and consultant. She has been a teacher, school administrator, system leader, and has taught at universities in Canada and the United States. She is a published author of more than 30 books and multi-media resources, as well as numerous chapters and articles. She is author or co-author of the best-selling books, Making Classroom Assessment Work, the Knowing What Counts Series and the Leaders Series. A recipient of the Hilroy Fellowship for Innovative Teaching and a recent nominee for the Whitworth Research Award, Anne continues to support others to learn more about assessment in the service of learning and learners.

 

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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 Professional Development: University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

"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: Prince Albert, SK

"Brenda, Thank you for being here on Monday. It was a fabulous day of learning. Two teachers came to me today telling me that they completed a lesson on being a writer and developed criteria with their students and it worked! Their students were able to work more independently than they had the day before. They were so excited. It was a great day. I am so glad you could come to Royal School and lead our day so well."

Lorraine Barton, Principal: Winnipeg, MB

"Assessment through an Indigenous lens helped me to connect to the content and see how it could be relevant to our kula and our unique students."

Leadership participant: Kamehameha Schools, HI

"Sandra Herbst was fantastic at our conference. Her sessions were very popular amongst participants and the feedback thus far has been extremely positive. Her sessions got to the heart of the matter for us with respect to assessment. She challenged thinking and caused many to reflect on their assessment practices. Not only were Sandra’s sessions time well spent but she also took time to connect with her audience. People commented on how she would continue conversations during breaks and even long after her session had ended. A great experience."

Paul Rose, School Development & Assessment: Western School District, Newfoundland

"Sandra, a sincere thank you for sharing the day with us. I am in awe of your presentation skills, and everyone really appreciated your ‘warm’ demeanour and the ‘sprinkling of grace’ you consistently engage in."

Sharon Klein, Principal: Queen Margaret’s School, Duncan, BC

"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, Junior High Principal: Glenmore Christian Academy, Calgary, AB

"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 DSB, ON

"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, BC

"Dear Sandra, As I reflected over the weekend on our learning from the previous 2 days, I was in awe of your spirit, mindset and ability to engage and support our learning here in Edmonton. I was greatly moved and inspired by all that you shared. Thank you. Today I went into our Division Two behaviour and learning classroom to co-construct criteria with the class on what a peaceful classroom looks like. It wasn’t a perfect delivery, but I was impressed with the student voice, input, and thinking that transpired. I believe the teacher will continue on with it and that he saw the power and support it gave the students. Thank you again. I look forward to working with you in the future."

Tanis Marshall, Principal: Calder School, Edmonton, Alberta

"Anne Davies 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

“As a single school state system, our department has gone through many changes throughout the years. As schools are more empowered to design their unique school processes and priorities, many have focused on increasing student voice and agency through the "assessment in the service of learning" practices. What started years ago as a statewide effort has continued at the local level with the support, guidance and modeling of Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst. They have tailored resources to meet our needs and so teachers can see how the practices are doable and working in classrooms that look like theirs.”

Monica C. Mann: Hawaii Department of Education

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