Media Advisory - Assessment Summit welcomes foremost authorities on classroom assessment



    HALIFAX, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Close to 600 educators from Nova Scotia and
beyond will learn more about how to improve student learning at the 2009
Assessment Summit today and tomorrow. That's when Nova Scotia welcomes five of
today's foremost authorities on classroom assessment to the World Trade and
Convention Centre in Halifax. This unique learning experience has been
organized by the Nova Scotia Educational Leadership Consortium (NSELC), in
partnership with Solution Tree Education Canada Inc.
    The five keynote speakers and assessment leaders are Damian Cooper, Anne
Davies, Cassandra Erkens, Ken O'Connor and Rick Stiggins. The five well-known
distinguished presenters are sought after worldwide for their message to
educators. "It is a rare opportunity for them to be together in one place in
our own province," says Sue Taylor-Foley, co-chair of the NSELC Assessment
Sub-Committee.
    "These most distinguished assessment experts will illustrate why the
fundamental purpose of assessment is not to rate, rank, and sort students, but
rather to provide meaningful feedback that leads to improved student
learning," continues Taylor-Foley, who is the South Shore Regional School
Board's Coordinator of Assessment Technology. "Powerful student learning and
increased achievement take place as a result of effective, student-centred
assessment practices and this Summit will provide the opportunity to
strengthen educators' knowledge and expertise on this important aspect of
classroom work."
    Damian Cooper, an independent education consultant recognized nationally
and internationally, specializes in helping schools and school districts
improve their instructional and assessment skills. Well-known as a Canadian
leader in the field of classroom assessment, Anne Davies has worked with
educators at every level and parents. Cassandra Erkens, an independent
consultant provides dynamic presentations that address hot-button topics,
including how to create meaningful, quality assessment and lay the foundation
for high-functioning teacher teams. Assessment, grading, and reporting
consultant Ken O'Connor has been a staff-development presenter and facilitator
throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world. Rick Stiggins,
founder and executive director of the ETS Assessment Training Institute in
Portland, Oregon is considered to be a true international leader in assessment
and focuses on the big picture.
    "Educators will learn why effective assessment is for learning rather
than for measurement alone and experience powerful keynotes fueled by the core
theme of "Common Assessment," continues Taylor-Foley.
    Assessment Summit organizers are pleased to welcome educators from around
the Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, the United States and even
New Zealand.
    The goal of the NSELC is to provide educators with the skills development
they need to ensure they become more effective educational leaders. NSELC's
partners include all school boards in province, universities that offer
education programs, the Nova Scotia Department of Education, the Nova Scotia
School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the Association
of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators.

    For more information about the conference visit www.nselc.ednet.ns.ca
(http://www.nselc.ednet.ns.ca) or call 902-422-3270.




For further information:

For further information: Sandi Carmichael, NSELC, (902) 422-4558, Cell
(902) 478-1430; Angela Murray, NSTU, (902) 479-4708, Cell (902) 497-0194

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