8:30-9:00 A.M.

Morning Trivia Game

9:00-9:30 A.M.

Welcome and Updates

9:30-11:00 A.M.

Morning Keynote



Even in These Times

Over the past nineteen months, educators across the world have had to very quickly shift their instructional and leadership practices to accommodate emerging learning contexts, environments, and platforms. And yet, student engagement and achievement has continued to flourish and thrive in assessment-rich classrooms, schools, and systems.

In this dynamic keynote, Dr. Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst will give a Canadian perspective on educating students in these times. Through accounts, anecdotes, and examples, they will offer proof that deep learning occurs when students are kept at the centre of planning, teaching, assessment, and evaluation.

11:00-11:15 A.M.

Wellness Break

11:15-12:15 P.M.

Concurrent Sessions

Leading a Coalition for Change

Session Facilitator

Natalie Vardabasso

In this practical session, we will explore how to build a passionate coalition of leaders and inspire a school community to reimagine assessment. Drawing from the lessons learned from in a K-12 special education private school over the past three years, you will leave with the insights and tools to create a inclusive space for learning, design a guiding framework, make evidence-informed decisions, and celebrate innovation.

Instructional Talk Throughs

Session Facilitators

Linda Inglis, Maria Michailides and Dean Michailides

Collaborative Observations, Conversations and Feedback that Informs Teacher and Leadership Practice and Enhances Student Learning

In attending this interactive session, we invite participants to consider the question:

"What professional learning experiences have you had that facilitate the gathering of evidence of student learning informing teaching/leadership practice and enhancing student learning?"

Through the structures of Instructional Talk Throughs you will learn how to:

  • implement Assessment for Learning as both the content and process in creating a model focused on learning for all students, teachers and school leaders

  • create specific actions to ensure a safe and productive professional learning environment embedded within the classroom

  • set the stage for all learners to reflect and identify ways to feed the learning forward into their own practice, enhancing student learning

Process Over Product

Strategies to Assess Growth and Progress of our Students

Session Facilitator

Vince Bustamante

Using some of the best lessons learned during pandemic teaching and learning, this session will provide an overview of how simple changes in assessment approaches can glean more information about what our students know and do not know. Join Vince Bustamante (author of The Assessment Playbook for Distance and Blended Learning & Great Teaching by Design: from intention to implementation in the Visible Learning classroom) as he provides examples and evidence of assessment practices that are designed to leverage student self-knowledge and self-assessment in the quest to provide the most accurate determination of learning.

The 25% Rule of


Session Facilitator

Michele Jones

In our recent work with Dylan Wiliam, we learned about an idea called "the 25% rule."

  • 25% of assessment should be detailed teacher feedback

  • 25% of assessment should be skimmed and summarized for whole class feedback 25% of assessment should be peer feedback

  • 25% of feedback should be self-assessment

The session will provide a complex look at these four types of assessment in the classroom assessment process.

Rethinking Gradebooks and Year-End Assessments with Digital Portfolios

Session Facilitators

Thomas Rogers and Shelley Gosse

Come and learn about one school’s journey to reimagine collecting student evidence, evaluation and year-end grading. If you are interested in what a grade book without weightings can bring you coupled with teacher professional judgment and a year-end, school-wide portfolio showcase event taking the place of midterms and final exams, come learn more.

Assessment Tools and Structure that Honour Land, Language, and Culture

Session Facilitator

Myron Dueck

Land, Language and Culture have been central to First Nations Peoples for as long as oral traditions have existed. By contrast, many of our schools have been characterized by teachers doing the talking, while students sit quietly in rows, enclosed by brick-and-mortar walls. Educators who grew up in one system may find it hard, and a little scary, to venture outside – literally and figuratively. This session, offered by an educator who did not grow up in a system that valued FN traditions, will explore a variety of learning activities, and assessments to match, that fling the door open to exploring the land, listening to each other and valuing diversity. Resources and templates highlighted in this presentation will be provided to all participants and many can ‘be used on Monday’! Our students want to be curious and they have a voice – they just need systems that support authentic learning.

12:15-1:00 P.M.


1:00-2:00 P.M.

Concurrent Sessions

Effective Communication About Student Learning

Session Facilitator

Ken O'Connor

In her 2009 book "Grading," Sue Brookhart stated that "In a perfect world there would be no grades." That is probably true but the reality is grades aren't going away from most schools, especially high schools, anytime soon. The basic issue that will be addressed in this session is how can teachers determine grades in ways that support learning and equity.

Teachers Going Gradeless

Why Teaching and Learning Can be Better When We Grade Less

Session Facilitator

Arthur Chiaravalli

What if you knew that some aspect of education damaged students' motivation, growth mindset, relationships with their teachers, and performance on standardized exams? Wouldn't you do everything in your power to eliminate or at least limit these impacts? And yet we now know that these are all effects of grading. Arthur Chiaravalli, cofounder of Teachers Going Gradeless, explores these effects and provides viable alternatives for more humane, effective approaches to assessment, feedback, and reporting that move students forward in their learning.

Immigration Project Podcast

Real World Assessment

Session Facilitators

Josh Luukkonen and Sara Donato

We will discuss the aims of the SJT Immigration Project podcast, it’s origins, and how it can help to transfer curricular concepts into real-world products that go beyond the classroom and into a global audience.

Feedback in the Digital Classroom

The Virtual Writing Conference

Session Facilitator

Bailey Almberg

Join me in this session to explore ways in which we can engage in rich, meaningful ways around student writing, even if it's online! With a focus on providing timely formative assessment, we will explore strategies like voice and video comments, as well as a multitude of ways to leave comments in Google Classroom. I will also share some strategies to bring peer feedback to a virtual platform. Expect time to play, ask questions of your peers, and leave with strategies that will easily complement your current practice.

Get Out of the Way & Let Your Students Take Control by Creating their Own Formative Assessment

Session Facilitators

Lenva Shearing and Rich Dixon

How might we, as educators, build the capacity of students to engage in differentiated evidence of understanding and formative feedback?

Join us as we explore having students involved in the creation and use of formative assessment in order to differentiate instruction. This session will explore how to engage students with timely feedback that allows for improvement as well as communicating feedback in a manner that is specific, focused on the learning outcomes, and are varied in their source. All of this will be seen through the lens of helping students build their own capacity to plan for and reflect upon data related to their learning as it is happening in order that they create their own assessments. This transferable skill helps increase student engagement and make deeper learning outcomes visible. Participants will be provided with a structure to approach releasing control to help students craft their own learning pathway.

Embracing Authentic Learning Experiences

Assessing Students in Multiple Ways

Session Facilitator

Myron Dueck

Experts suggest that the ability to create, explore, and innovate will be essential tools for success in our changing world. However, educators might feel uncomfortable with the new because they have come to rely on traditional instructional and assessment methods that seem safe, trusted, and familiar. This module will identify the key pieces of engagement and challenge educators to use them to embrace Authentic Learning Experiences (ALE). Educators will see an array of engaging PBL and assessment ideas used in real classrooms by real teachers, and be challenged to incorporate some version of these tools for themselves and their students.

2:00-2:15 P.M.

Wellness Break

2:15-3:45 P.M.

Afternoon Keynote


Assessment Practice That Inspires Teaching and Learning

Creating an assessment rich classroom requires that we first understand the terrain of assessment and the practices with which to best navigate that unique terrain.

In this keynote we will ask ourselves: What exactly are some of the various assessment practices we might draw on as teachers? What are the goals and purposes of these practices? How do these practices relate to each other? With this “mapping of assessment” as our foundation, we can better understand that assessment is not merely a task we give our students, but rather a powerful practice we use to guide our teaching and promote deep learning in our students.