Professional and Community Reading

Alberta Education- Inspiring Education

What is the direction Alberta Education is taking and how does this connect to our work at CGS? These links offer understanding of Alberta Education’s priorities for preparing students through thinking about The 21 Century Learner. How will we as Albertan’s prepare our students for their future rather than our past?
https://education.alberta.ca/department/ipr/inspiringeducation.aspx
http://education.alberta.ca/department/policy/education-act.aspx


Assessment

Competencies Beyond Grades

Students earn degrees through competencies rather than grades at a US University. What does this mean for assessment and accountability?
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is moving beyond grades by basing all of its academic programs on “proficiencies” that students must master to earn a degree.
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Teaching and Learning With an Eye Toward Mastery

Letter grades are a tradition in our educational system, and we accept them as fair and objective measures of academic success. However, if the purpose of academic grading is to communicate accurate and specific information about learning, letter, or points-based grades, are a woefully blunt and inadequate instrument. Worse, points-based grading undermines learning and creativity, rewards cheating, damages students’ peer relationships and trust in their teachers, encourages students to avoid challenging work, and teaches students to value grades over knowledge.
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Middle School Education

The potential demise of the NCLB Act is leading to discussions on how best to continue efforts to improve middle level education and demonstrate accountability more broadly than by test scores. These discussions provide opportunities for stakeholders to consider anew long-accepted goals of an education, ones bypassed as the raising of test scores dominated all discussions and an accountability system was put into place that educators knew from the beginning had no chance of success. Middle level educators must grasp these opportunities to advance the sound and research-proven middle school concept.
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Compassion • Integrity • Collaboration • Courage • Curiosity • Democracy • Diversity