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DAMIAN COOPER INSPIRES HUNDREDS AT THE EMSB

Repercussion Theatre

MONTREAL, DECEMBER 3, 2010 – Nearly 600 teachers and administrators from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) recently participated in one of three regional professional development days where they had the opportunity to hear from Damian Cooper, an internationally recognized expert on the use of assessment to promote learning.

Organized and supported by the Pedagogical Services Department, the development days were an opportunity for the teachers to reflect on the uses and approaches of assessment, to discuss and plan with their colleagues, and to hear from Cooper, a foremost expert in the field. Specifically on the docket were detailed discussions on how assessment can be used to attend to the specific needs of each student, to better inform parents, and to make teaching more efficient while improving student outcomes.

Cooper, an educator with more than 30 years of experience in the classroom, is also an internationally recognized consultant and the author of two well-received books on assessment.  He challenged teachers to consider the effectiveness of their current practices and how they can be rethought to support learning more effectively. Cooper presented strategies and tools that provide meaningful feedback to students, and allow students to become participants in their own assessment, resulting in improved learning outcomes. At the core of his work lies the message that numerical evaluation does little to help student learning. What students need, he argued, is ongoing, meaningful feedback targeted at each student’s strengths and challenges, and for students to become more active players in monitoring their progress and defining the challenges that they undertake.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca