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Welcome to the September 2021 edition of Learning and Leading.

We hope you are settling into the new school year after a safe, restful summer. In this edition, you will find resources to refresh your assessment practices and gain insight into where each of your students is on his or her learning journey. You'll also discover two new virtual workshops coming this fall. We encourage you to register early to reserve your spot.

In addition, Solution Tree is pleased to announce the launch of Wellness Solutions for Educators™. This new professional learning initiative delivers a research-backed approach to teacher well-being that focuses on four key dimensions—physical, mental, social, and emotional—to help you bring your best self to your students and colleagues each day.

We encourage you to explore these resources, PD, and events available on the Solution Tree Education Canada site.

—Solution Tree Education Canada
New and Best-selling Books
Rebooting Assessment
Rebooting Assessment
By Damian Cooper
 
 
Embrace a technology-supported and balanced approach to assessment that includes conversations and performance-based observations as key components.
 
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Student Self-Assessment
Student Self-Assessment
By Katie White
 
 
Learn how to plan and implement self-assessment strategies that will increase the achievement of every learner.
 
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De-Stress the Test
De-Stress the Test
By Martha Kaufeldt
 
 
Acquire actionable steps you can take throughout the school year to alleviate student test anxiety and create brain-friendly classrooms full of focus and learning.
 
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Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning
Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning
By Garnet Hillman and Mandy Stalets
 
 
Discover a fresh mindset where the assessment process is a gift to our students and propels meaningful learning for all.
 
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The Student-Centered Classroom
The Student-Centered Classroom
By Jeanetta Jones Miller
 
 
Leave behind one-size-fits-all lessons, tests, and grades in favour of a student-centered approach that is interactive, individualized, and rigorous.
 
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Growing Tomorrow's Citizens in Today's Classrooms
Growing Tomorrow’s Citizens in Today’s Classrooms
By Nicole M. Dimich, Cassandra Erkens and Tom Schimmer
 
 
Empower your students to become global digital citizens who effectively and ethically contribute to the digital world around them.
 
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On-site and Online
Professional Development
Assessment Professional Learning will guide your school in developing grading practices and assessments for learning. Discover how you can implement effective student assessment activities such as self-assessment and common formative assessment. Learn more »
Expert Spotlight
Katie White
Katie White is a coordinator of learning for the North East School Division in Saskatchewan. Katie has been an integral part of her school division’s multiyear journey through educational reform, including a response to renewed curricula that resulted in a standards (outcomes)-based approach to assessment, learning, and reporting. Request PD »
Upcoming Events
Virtual Workshop
Yes We Can! An Unprecedented Opportunity to Improve Special Education Outcomes Virtual Workshop
A Live 2-Day Event with Heather Friziellie
Virtual Event | October 27 & November 3
 
 
During this virtual professional learning, general and special educators will discover how to utilize best practices to develop collaborative partnerships, close achievement gaps, and maximize learning for all.
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Virtual Workshop
Shifting the Monkey: How to Prevent Educator Burnout Virtual Workshop
Virtual Event | November 10, 2021
Based on the best-selling book Shifting The Monkey, this brand-new workshop will help you and your team become more effective when dealing with negative people in your classroom and school.
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Free Resources
Free Chapter
Free chapter
Access a free chapter from Student Self-Assessment to explore practical tools and strategies for setting up the self-assessment process with your students.
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Free Reproducible
Free reproducible
Use this tool from Student Self-Assessment with students to curate samples of learning that represent specific strengths and needs to include in a data notebook or portfolio.
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All Things Assessment Blog
Shift Away from Learning Loss and Focus on Relevant Assessments that Emphasize Creativity and Critical Thinking
By Amy Janecek
There is a buzz in education circles and districts raising concerns about the significant learning loss affecting students after the absence of in-person learning and the multiple shifts between…
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Amy Janecek
Videos to watch and share
Video
In this webinar, Cassandra Erkens, Tom Schimmer, Katie White, and Nicole M. Dimich engage in a lively discussion about feedback, grading, assessment design, and multitiered systems of support in the midst and aftermath of dual pandemics.
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Video
In this brief video, Cassandra Erkens, Tom Schimmer, and Nicole M. Dimich introduce their book Growing Tomorrow’s Citizens in Today’s Classrooms and list the seven critical competencies of 21st century skills.
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Additional Reading & Listening
Featured Article
Unlocking Assessment
By the University of Victoria Educational Technology Program
Article: Unlocking Assessment
We are a group of teachers from Langley, British Columbia (B.C.), who are passionate about finding a variety of assessment tools that can be used throughout K-12 for both face-to-face and distance learning…
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Featured Article
Simple Ways to Solicit Peer Feedback
By Jamie Kobs
Article: Simple Ways to Solicit Peer Feedback
It can be hard as a high school English teacher to stay on top of grading all the writing, reading, and speaking I ask my students to do, and yet I know the value of timely and meaningful feedback…
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