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TC2 - 12 New Resources for Assessment during Remote Learning

Apr 29, 2020 jjamison

April 29th, 2020

Dear TC² Partners, Colleagues and Friends,
 

Last week I had mentioned that we were hearing that assessment is on many people’s minds. Districts are taking different approaches to expectations around assessment and evaluation and have been asking for our advice and support. How do we ensure the principles of effective assessment continue to guide online learning? How do we focus our assessment on the most important competencies we want our students to develop? How do we differentiate our assessments to attempt to address issues of equity that are arising?
 

We’re excited to announce that we have developed 12 new resources to support teachers thinking about how to engage in assessment during this time of remote learning.

Funded by the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) in Ontario, these resources (posted on the webpage in English) provide practical tips for teachers on how to adapt, develop, and refine assessments so that they are meaningful in online environments.

We’ve also added two new professional learning resources – an article about powerful instruction and assessment adapted to address online environments and a wonderful infographic illustrating important considerations for digitally enhanced learning. Thank you to the Renfrew District School Board for the request and support to develop these resources.

If your district or school is interested in booking a webinar or other form of virtual support to walk through the assessment materials, or any other material we’ve posted on the webpage, please don’t hesitate to be in touch (contact info below).

Although many challenges remain and some teachers, students, and families are still grappling with the barriers and inequities that are surfacing, we’re also hearing some wonderful stories of innovation, perseverance, and leadership. I’ve had the privilege of joining some administrators on virtual classroom visits where they have shared teacher efforts to connect with, engage, and provide meaningful feedback to students.

It’s exciting to see principals beginning to be able to shift their focus a little from the demands of getting remote learning up and running to supporting teachers in their quest for providing powerful learning opportunities. Administrators are definitely learning with and from teachers and it’s wonderful to work with them and help them consider how they might best support teachers who are clearly in a learning mode themselves right now. If you’d like to connect about how we might help with supporting leaders’ thinking or hear about what other districts are doing, please feel free to send me a note at usha.james@tc2.ca.

As a non-profit doing what we can with the funds we have, we are always looking for partners who might be able to support the development of resources. Please be in touch if there’s something we can create or develop for you.

Please feel free to pass this message along to your colleagues or post on social media.

If you are using any of our resources, we’d love to hear how it’s going! Please drop us a line by email or tag us on Twitter @TC2thinks. Take good care and stay safe!

Sincerely,



Usha James,
Executive Director
The Critical Thinking Consortium
Website: www.tc2.ca
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