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Assessing the Learning of Performance Standards in Ontario Inquiry-Based Classrooms – Toronto

November 9, 2015 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

345 CDN + HST

Inquiry-based learning scaffolds students’ deep and authentic acquisition of integrated content and high-level thinking skills. As well, inquiry-based classrooms are characterized by energized climates of hands-on learning, high levels of cognition, enhanced motivation, merging communication skills, and group collaboration (Bransford, 2000). Teachers wonder how individual students can be assessed in such settings, especially how they might be assessed using criterion-related assessments that align with the Ontario Curriculum.

In this workshop, Dr. Sherri Cianca invites Ontario teachers to meet this challenge by viewing assessments as both “for” learning and “as” learning, and that they do so by designing practices to reach every student. Participants will (1) identify, unpack, and decode power standards, (2) develop assessments to make students’ thinking visible, (3) design assessments to promote student success, and (4) align teacher-made assessments with high-stakes standardized tests such as EQAO testing.

As teachers, we need to redefine our assessment future (Stiggins, 2007).  We need to tap the potential that assessments have for improving schools, for involving students in the assessment process, and for helping students turn failure into success. Participants will leave the workshop with skills and strategies to begin such an implementation in their own classrooms.


Dr. Sherri Cianca

Dr. Sherri Cianca is an associate professor in the College of Education at Niagara University, Lewiston, New York. Dr. Cianca attended the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, receiving her Ph.D. from the department of math, science, and technology. Her research interests include STEM education, problem-based learning, culturally responsive teaching, and classroom assessment. Her interest in educating children of poverty has taken her on numerous occasions to Ethiopia where she conducted workshops and provided in-service training for teachers in Addis Ababa. Dr. Cianca’s publications include articles and book chapters on constructivist-based teaching practices, middle school mathematics, WebQuests, non-positional leadership, cultures and philosophies.

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November 9, 2015
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
345 CDN + HST
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