The Assessment Residency is a unique professional learning opportunity developed under the leadership of Superintendent Lori Jeschke, in collaboration with Sandra Herbst.
The model was developed to facilitate change in assessment practices in schools. The focus was to move teachers towards increased formative assessment, along with curriculum-referenced assessment and reporting, knowing that these approaches have a positive impact on student learning.
The Assessment Residency includes the following features:
- Embedded Professional Development -The PD2 model (Plan, Do, Debrief) is a lesson-study model that enables teachers to work in small groups. They can choose an approach, technique or strategy, within the scope of the goals of the project, and then implement it in their classroom. They then meet with colleagues to discuss what they have learned and plan their next steps.
- Responsive – The Professional learning is individualized, based on the needs identified by each teacher. The overall focus of the residency (in this case curriculum-referenced assessment and reporting) is established by the school administration at the start of the project. Regular meetings are held with the school administration to discuss progress and determine next steps. Feedback is collected at all stages of the process, from all stakeholders, which is used to determine the direction and supports for subsequent pieces of the residency.
- Research-based – Wiliam (2014) stated that “the only way to improve student learning is to improve teacher quality through job-embedded PD”.
- Provides sustained impact – Administrators from the 2012 residency schools report that the shifts in pedagogy and classroom practice that happened in the residency were sustained into the following school year. Evidence of this included increased teacher collaboration, greater risk taking and innovation. The professional learning that takes place equips teachers to take on leadership roles across the School Division.
The Prairie Spirit Assessment Team has been commissioned by Connections Publishing to write a book for educators about the Assessment Residency
- Aberdeen School
- Laird School
- Warman Elementary School
- Prairie View School
- Warman Community Middle School
- Hepburn School
- Delisle Composite School
- Leask Community School
- Martensville high School
- Borden School
- Stobart Community School
- Blaine Lake Composite School
- Perdue School