Coming together to study learning, teaching and assessment in dynamic relationships, we design new practice, new knowledge and new research questions. This conference is creating opportunities for research to inform practice and practice to inform research.
Participants include members and leaders of professional and academic communities in K-12, post-secondary, and government.
Through collaborative work, we are rising to the challenge of:
- Design Thinking
- Higher Education Teaching and Learning
- Indigenous Education
- Language & Literacy
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
The Canadian Education Association's What Did You Do In School Today? Teaching Effectiveness: A Framework and Rubric (Friesen 2009) addresses five core principles as a foundation for effective teaching in the knowledge era:
- Teachers are designers of learning
- Work students are asked to undertake is worth their time and attention
- Assessment practices improve student learning and guide teaching
- Teachers foster a variety of interdependent relationships, and
- Teachers improve their practice in the company of their peers.
The College of Alberta School Superintendents' Twelfth Dimension Framework also addresses the idea that teachers need to be designers of 21st Century Learning. According to the framework, this requires the 1) development of strong authentic discipline-based inquiry; 2) scaffolding of student work and assessment practices that assist each child improving, growing and thriving; 3) the use of networked digital technologies to create knowledge-building classrooms; and 4) strong relationships with students, other teachers and experts in the field so to learn together.
- College of Alberta School Superintendents. (2011). The Twelfth Dimension of the CASS Framework for School Systems Success: Systems Leadership for Learning Technology Success. Available for pdf download here.
- Friesen, S. (2009).What did you do in school today? Teaching Effectiveness: A Framework and Rubric. Toronto: Canadian Education Association. Canadian Education Association. Toronto: Canadian Education Association.