We know that the greatest gains in learning are associated with formative—not summative—assessment. However, the attention of students, parents, many educators, and of course, the media, remains on summative scores and grades. In this edWebinar, Damian Cooper presents the rock-solid case for raising the profile of assessment for learning.
He also reviews the essential elements of assessment that improve learning and illustrate classroom strategies that improve learning for all students. Through a combination of presentation and video clips, Damian examines questions such as:
- What does effective assessment for learning look like?
- How can I engage students and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their own learning?
- How do I train students to become reliable and effective assessors of their own work and the work of their peers?
- What does effective feedback look and sound like?
Damian Cooper is an independent education consultant who specializes in helping schools and school districts across Canada, the United States, and internationally, to improve their instructional and assessment skills. In his varied career, Damian has been a secondary English, special education, and drama teacher, a department head, a librarian, and a school consultant. He has specialized in student assessment for more than 25 years. Damian served as assessment consultant to the School Division of Nelson Education. Prior to that, he was Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation for the Halton District School Board in Burlington, Ontario. Damian is the past president of The Canadian Assessment for Learning Network (CAfLN). His international reputation rests on his wide-ranging experience as an educator, his deep understanding of assessment, and his no-nonsense, common sense approach to what works in schools.