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Assessment: Reaffirming, Reworking, & Rethinking Assessment

  • 02 November 2018
  • 08:30
  • 03 November 2018
  • 16:00
  • International School of Kenya


As our relatively ubiquitous standards-based learning environments intersect with 21st century learning priorities, teachers must take inventory on what assessment practices remain reaffirmed, which need to be reworked, and which can be rethought. While some assessment fundamentals are timeless, there are others that need reworking; they remain relevant, but require reworking to increase both the frequency and sophistication with which these practices are utilised. As well, there are some assessment fundamentals that need to be rethought given some of the shifting instructional priorities. These assessment practices - many of long-standing tradition - need to be rethought given our modern teaching and learning environment.

Specifically, this two -day session will highlight formative assessment strategies, sound grading practices, assessment design, transparent criteria, and the ways assessment is an integral part of students being more self-regulatory about their learning. This session will be a mix of presentation, discussion, and extended working sessions.

KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers (PK-12), administrators, instructional leaders, coaches.

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This institute will examine sound assessment and grading practices through the lens of 21st century learning. First, participants will come to know why assessment sits at the center of all that teachers hope students will achieve, and which assessment fundamentals remain timeless as teaching and learning modernizes. As well, participants will understand why and how some assessment practices need to be reworked to fit more seamlessly with a 21st century learning environment. Finally, participants will examine which assessment fundamentals need to be rethought given how instructional priorities have shifted.

Participants can expect to:

  • Understand the sound assessment and grading practices that remain universally relevant in a 21st century classroom.
  • know (and begin developing) the sound assessment and grading practices that must increase in frequency or sophistication to align with 21st century classrooms.


Tom Schimmer is an education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of classroom assessment, sound grading practices, educational leadership, and RTI.

Tom has been an educator since 1991. He spent 7 years as a full-time classroom teacher, 11 years as a school-based administrator, and 2 years working at central office where, as a member of the senior management team, he was responsible for overseeing the efforts to support & build the instructional capacities of teachers & administrators throughout the district. After 20 years working in the school system, Tom resigned from his district position (in 2011) to work full-time as an author, speaker, and consultant.

Tom is an experienced, sought-after presenter who has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions and major conferences, as well as for schools and/or school districts internationally. Tom has worked in Canada, the United States, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Japan, Qatar, Bahrain, India, the U.A.E., the U.K., Russia, Singapore, and Spain.

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 Membership  Full Affiliate  Individual 
 Early-Bird Rate  US$ 415  US$ 435  US$ 435
 Full Registration  US$ 435  US$ 460  US$ 460

Early-Bird Date: 3rd September 2018

Cancellation Date: 2nd October 2018



Kirawa Road, Off Peponi Road, Kitusuru
Nairobi, Kenya 

Visa and Health

Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Exempt countries include all those travelling with a passport from an East African Country. For other exempt countries see the new Kenyan Government eVisa website where you can also apply for an entry visa.

A visa MUST be obtained prior to travel. Visa cost US$51

All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.


Trademark Hotel

Physical Address: Village Market, Gigiri Nairobi

Phone No: +254 (20) 725 000/ +254  732 186 000

Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast):US$ 135

Single Occupancy Rate (Bed Only):US$ 116


Reference: International School of Kenya

Hob House

Physical Address: Kinanda Road, Off ISK Back Road, Kitisuru, Nairobi.

Phone No: +254 717 533 860 | +254 712 922 098

Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast):US$ 100 - 120

Booking: Make your reservation here

Airport Transfers

  • Send the Trademark Hotel your arrival/departure details to arrange for your transfers - Approximately US$ 35 - 60 per way.
  • You can book through the transfers company, ProLog Seven by sending an email to Kevin ( with your arrival/departure details - US$ 35 - 50 per way.
  • Uber is available in Kenya and you can book for your transfers on arrival through the mobile App.
  • Registered taxis are also available at the airport.

Hotel – School Transport

The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Trademark Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening. Hob House is a few minutes’ walk to ISK and you can also get a taxi to drop you off.

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