Focus Areas for the September Session

Once again, we look forward to learning alongside everyone in the MLN September 20-22, as the MLN participants continue to deepen their understanding of a Whole School Assessment Approach, to support educator and student learning.  These three days are being designed, based on MLN feedback, to provide an opportunity for the network to deepen learning from each other as we work collaboratively to analyze student thinking from the various Whole School Assessments.

Prior to analyzing the assessment data from respective Boards, MLN teams will have an opportunity to engage in afacilitated simulation of a collaborative analysis protocol using the actual assessment data from one of the MLN teams.  Teams will also have some time built in to begin the process of analyzing the data from the school they are working with and to consider how this process might be used or adapted within each board’s context to support Whole School Assessment.

During the September 20-22 session, our network is focusing on the following key areas:

  • Connecting assessment, instruction and the elements of universal design to meet the needs of all learners

  • Engaging in the process of collaborative analysis of assessment tasks for the purpose of furthering the work of Whole School Assessment, determining educator learning needs, and making decisions regarding instructional response

  • Continue exploring processes, structures and conditions that will support monitoring of student learning and shifts in educator practice  (i.e. professional learning communities)

  • Deepening understanding of the relationship between content and pedagogy in effective learning and teaching of mathematics (through the lens of the Pedagogical System and Deborah Ball’s Domains of Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching)

  • Engaging in Math learning to deepen content knowledge related to equivalence and connections to mental math, flexible computation and algebraic properties.