Making Connections 2018 Featured Workshop:
Inventing a new report card for the 21st century
How do we translate the learning that happens in classrooms onto a report card? What do parents want to know? How can schools communicate what, why, and how students are learning? In this session, participants learned about assessment, including some new approaches that BC is using. Then, with guidance from an expert facilitator, they worked together to design a new report card for the 21st century.
Liz Rykert, Facilitator
Liz Rykert is a strategist, facilitator and network weaver. She tends to focus on system level challenges, helping people engage to find new solutions. She is the past president of Meta Strategies and, since January of this year, she has had a focus on working less and supporting people in the Toronto area to learn and apply Liberating Structures. In her final year at Meta Strategies she led the Enhancing Equity Task Force for the Toronto District School Board.
Liz on public education:
“Public Education is the bedrock of democracy. It prepares us all to stand up for what is right.”
Teresa Downs is Superintendent of Schools of Gold Trail School District (No. 74). Teresa has spent her entire career in the Gold Trail district. She started as a student teacher and then moved to teacher on call, classroom teacher, principal and director of instruction. Gold Trail school district is a rural district that serves 7 geographically dispersed communities. The school district lies on the Secwepemc, St’at’imc and Nlaka’pumux nations, there are 19 bands within these nations. Sixty percent of the 1300 student population is of Indigenous ancestry.
Teresa on public education:
“Public education serves so many critical purposes to a thoughtful and democratic society, I think one of the most important purposes is for students to learn and value the strengths and differences of each individual around them and how those strengths and differences make each classrooms, schools, communities and society stronger.”
Joanne recently retired from the executive staff in the Professional Learning/Curriculum Services Department at the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. At ETFO, she was the staff representative for assessment and reporting. She was also an active member of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Assessment and Advisory Group. At ETFO, she organized the Classroom Assessment That Works series, the Inspire and Inquire workshop series, Professional Learning Chair Training, Intermediate Conferences, and Financial Management Conferences. She also coordinated the curriculum-based Summer Academy courses with her ETFO colleagues. She recently developed an ETFO assessment website and was a co-writer for the book titled I am the Teacher. Joanne has presented at educational leadership conferences in Ireland and Germany over the past two years, and has just returned from Ireland again, where she delivered a keynote about Teacher Professional Judgement and Collaborative Professionalism. She continues to be a facilitator for the Teacher Leadership and Learning Program with the Ontario Teacher’s Federation and the Ontario Ministry of Education. Prior to her position at ETFO, Joanne taught in the York Region District School Board, and taught courses at OISE/UT for over 15 years. She has instructed AQ courses for OISE/UT in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. She enjoys sharing her passion for teaching and learning with educators across the province.
Joanne on public education:
“Today’s educators continue to be lifelong learners and strive to meet the daily needs of their individual students within their school communities. Through their leadership, dedication, and professional partnerships with stakeholder groups, they continue to take public education to an even higher level. Public education in Ontario is renowned internationally thanks to this collaboration and teachers’ professional judgement.”