Celebrating 25 Years with connect2learning

The end of one year and the beginning of the next invites both reflection and celebration. This is particularly true for us at connect2learning in 2018 as we celebrate 25 years of proudly developing programs, products, and services that empower K-12 educators to support the success of each learner. Our research, best-selling resources, and international reputation have established connect2learning as a leader in the fields of leadership, assessment, instruction, and reporting.

Over the course of our 25th year and as an ongoing gift to you, our valued clients, we will be revealing 25 key ideas and strategies. We’ve made a list (and checked it more than twice!) and will share them one at a time with you.

All our best,
Anne, Sandra, Brenda, and the connect2learning team

Happy Anniversary!! And congratulations on 25 years of stirring the minds of educators in support of student learning!!

 

Cheryl Meredith

Halifax Regional School Board, NS

Congratulations on 25 years of leading and supporting learning! Your work and publications have impacted me throughout every grade level I’ve taught. Sending you wishes for 25+ more successful years!

Corinne Dutka

Prairie Spirit School Division, SK

Thank you for continuing to create the most user-friendly, rich and engaging resources to support improvements to teaching and learning for teachers and students!

Christine Battagli

Niagara Catholic District School Board, ON

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

25. A Research Summary

Our final gift to you – the twenty-fifth – celebrating our 25th anniversary is an article, “System Leaders Using Assessment for Learning as Both the Change and the Change Process: A Research Summary” written by Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst and published in the OPC Register (The Magazine for Ontario’s Principals and Vice Principals)..

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

24. From Reporting to Informing: Students and the Language of Assessment

The twenty-fourth gift to you is a blog post, “From Reporting to Informing: Students and the Language of Assessment” by Anne Davies where she demonstrates how students can learn the language of assessment, become partners in the assessment process, and inform others about their learning.

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23. Making Classroom Assessment Work, 3rd Edition

The twenty-third gift is from Anne Davies, Ph.D.’s best-selling book, Making Classroom Assessment Work, 3rd Edition and shows the four steps to involving students in setting and using criteria.

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22. Preparing for a New Year: Building an Assessment Plan

The twenty-second gift to you is a guide written by Anne Davies, Ph.D. “Preparing for a New Year: Building an Assessment Plan” in which she identifies 12 key steps to building a successful assessment plan for new teachers, using examples from Alberta Outcomes’s Language Arts Curriculum.

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21. Evidence of Learning in a Mathematics Classroom – Video Clip (2:31)

Our twenty-first gift is a video of Donna Nakamura and her fifth grade class at Mae’mae’ Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaii. This video shows Donna preparing her students to select evidence of learning in Mathematics for their portfolios.

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20. Directions for a Professional Learning Conversation – Two Books

The twentieth gift celebrating our 25th anniversary is a Professional Learning Conversation in which we combined two of our books, Making Classroom Assessment Work, 3rd Edition and Making Physical Education Instruction and Assessment Work, to assist K-8 teachers to reflect on the ways to engage themselves and their learners in the processes of instruction, assessment, grading, and reporting. This PLC links the work of physical educator and classroom teacher, while providing many specific physical education examples.

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19. Directions for a Professional Learning Conversation for the Knowing What Counts series

Our nineteenth gift to you: Directions for a Professional Learning Conversation using the 4 books in the Knowing What Counts series (Setting and Using Criteria, Self-Assessment and Goal Setting, Collecting Evidence and Portfolios, and Conferencing and Reporting) for ideas on how to involve students deeply in the classroom assessment process.

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The thirteenth gift, from Making Writing Instruction Work, is a set of criteria that was co-constructed with students. This criteria defines quality clearly for students and gives them language to use as they talk about their writing.

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Our twelfth gift to you is from Transforming Schools and Systems Using Assessment: A Practical Guide. Working Through Resistance is a template that can be used when considering a situation in which you are encountering (or have encountered) resistance and then determining how to respond productively.

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The eleventh gift is from Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide. The Clapping Activity provides a great illustration of how learner involvement can make a difference. You could try this activity with your colleagues and encourage them to use it with students.

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Notre sixième idée, tirée de Rencontres et communication de l’apprentissage, porte sur la façon dont les élèves peuvent utiliser les enveloppes d’objectifs pour recueillir des preuves et montrer comment ils sont en voie d’atteindre ou ont atteint leurs objectifs.

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

Our third gift to you is from Self-Assessment and Goal Setting, 2nd Edition by Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron, and Anne Davies. It features a self-assessment strategy that your students can use to show proof of their learning.

25 Key Ideas and Strategies

Our very first idea for you is from Setting and Using Criteria by Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron, and Anne Davies and describes a strategy that you can use to assess without grading or marking student work. Enjoy!