International Conference on Assessment

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Please join us on Friday for an insightful and entertaining evening with Peter Cowley (Director of School Performance Studies, Fraser Institute), Susan Lambert, (President of the BC Teachers’ Federation), Dr. J. Douglas Willms (Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy, University of New Brunswick) and Dr. Charles Webber (Dean – Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development, Thompson Rivers University).  Dr. Terry Sullivan will be moderating this discussion.    

Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Hall, with the Panel Discussion following.  Tickets are $35 each and are available in limited quantities.  Please email to reserve your tickets now. Due to catering requirements, only a very limited number of tickets will be available at the door for this event.    

Online Registration is now available.

Thompson Rivers University and Kamloops/Thompson (School District #73) are bringing together some of the most exciting leaders and educators of our time to build a community of learners for three days in October by  hosting its very first three day International Conference on Assessment.  Some of the best known speakers on topic including Dr. J. Douglas Willms, Bruce Wellman and Dr. Sandi Kitts will be presenting at “ASK: Assessing Student Knowledge” – an International Conference on Assessment. Scheduled for October 21 to 23, 2010 at Thompson Rivers University, this Conference is a chance for all teachers and administrators to come together to have meaningful discussions about assessment, how to improve assessment practices and incorporate the new ideas presented by the speakers.  We hope that you can be a part of it!

Confirmed speakers include John Gardner, Dr. Sandi Kitts, Ruth Sutton, Bruce Wellman and Dr. Douglas Willms.  Please see sidebar for further information and clips of speaker presentations.

Conference Program (Subject to Change)

Thursday, October 21, 2010 (updated September 28, 2010)

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm          Registration
                                                Keynote Speaker:  Prof. John Gardner
                                                Wine and Cheese Social
                                                Information and Trade Show

Friday, October 22, 2010 

7:00 am to 8:30 am             Registration
                                                Continental Breakfast

8:30 am to 10:00 am          Keynote Speaker:  Bruce Wellman

10:30 am to noon                Breakout Sessions:
                                                John Gardner                                          Sherry Bennett
                                                Sandi Kitts                                               Dr. J. Douglas Willms

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm          Lunch
                                                Keynote speaker: Dr. J. Douglas Willms

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm             Breakout Session:
                                                 Sherry Bennett                                        Sandi Kitts
                                                 Bruce Wellman                                       Peter Cowley

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm          Dinner (Registration Required)
                                                Panel Discussion:  Peter Cowley, Director of School
                                                Performance, Fraser Institute; Dr. J. Douglas Willms;
                                                Susan Lambert, BCTF; Dr. Charles Webber, TRU
                                                Moderator:  Dr. Terry Sullivan

Saturday, October 23, 2010

7:30 am to 8:30 am             Continental Breakfast

9:00 am to 10:30 am           Keynote Speaker:  Ruth Sutton

11:00 am to noon                 Plenary Discussion:  Ruth Sutton and John Gardner


Kamloops, British Columbia is easily accessible by road (four hours) and air (one hour) from Vancouver.  Kamloops Airport is serviced by Air Canada, WestJet, Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines. 

The location of Thompson Rivers University within the City of Kamloops and in relation to the City Airport and main highways can be found on Google Maps at TRU location map.

A map of the Thompson Rivers University Campus showing the location of the Campus Activity Centre where all events will take place is available at TRU Campus Maps.

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