EARCOS Sponsored Professional Learning Weekend (2019)

Getting Classroom Assessment Right

For K-12 Teachers and Administrators

Presented by Dr. Laura Link

September 27-28, 2019 at Morrison Academy Taichung Campus
Times: Friday (9:00 to 4:00 P.M.)  Saturday (9:00 to 3:00 P.M.)
Venue: Morrison Academy, Taichung Campus
216 Si Ping Road, Taichung, Taiwan

Workshop Fee:

EARCOS member fee: USD $100 USD (or 3,000 New Taiwan Dollar NTD)
non-EARCOS member fee: USD $200 (or 6,000 New Taiwan Dollar NTD)

  • payable in cash on the first day of the workshop
  • or credit card online below

This includes workshop materials, two morning snacks, two lunches, and two afternoon tea breaks.

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Registration Deadline: September 20th, 2019

Contact: Missy Basnett, basnettm@mca.org.tw

Workshop Overview:

  • Assessment affects the lives of everyone involved in education: students, teachers, parents, school leaders, district administrators, state officials, and education policy makers. It is estimated that one; third of a teacher’s time at any level of education is spent in activities directly or indirectly related to assessment of student learning. Despite its inescapable presence and the many critical decisions made in education based on assessment results, many in education lack the depth of knowledge and understanding needed to guide appropriate assessment practice or the implementation of effective assessment policies.
  • This professional learning will provide EARCOS’ educators with the assessment literacy they need to have a better and more accurate understanding of student performance. This understanding will allow educators to more clearly and effectively communicate student progress and outcomes with parents, other stakeholders, each other, and the students themselves. By modeling the best of assessment practice and engaging educators in detailed discussions on the development, interpretation, and use of assessments, these professional learning sessions offer an engaging learning experience that will help educators become deeply knowledgeable and highly skilled in this vital area of modern education.

Desired Learning Outcomes:

  • Educators will learn specific strategies for using assessments as learning tools rather than evaluation devices.
  • Educators will learn how to match assessments to specific learning goals.
  • Educators will learn how to better align their instruction and assessments.
  • Effective assessment practices will be more consistent within and between schools.
  • Improvement will be evident in both formative classroom assessments and summative classroom assessments of student learning outcomes.

Laura J. Link, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership department of the College of Professional Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She holds a doctorate in Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Memphis, and her research focuses on developing and supporting highly effective leaders and organizational cultures that prioritize effective grading practices, collaboration, and meaningful assessment. She is the co-author of Cornerstones of Strong Schools: Practices for Purposeful Leadership (with J. Zoul, 2007), and author of Leadership in Grading Reform in What We Know About Grading (Guskey, T. R., & Brookhart, S. M., Eds., 2019) as well as multiple articles such as The Forgotten Element of Instructional Leadership: Grading (2019) and Teachers’ Perceptions of Grading Practices: How PreEservice Training Makes a Difference (2018). Dr. Link serves on PFW’s CAEP Assessment Steering Committee, co-leads various district-wide K;12 assessment and grading academies, co; facilitates PFW’s Leadership Academy, directs Professors in Partnership K;16 collaborative, and has led an array of other professional development academies, classes and initiatives over her career. Since 2002, Dr. Link has presented locally and nationally on the topics of high=impact leadership, K;12 grading and assessment, mastery learning, research practice partnerships, teacher support, and more. In February 2019, she was awarded her university’s Featured Faculty Award for Engagement Excellence.

Before joining PFW, Dr. Link served as Chief Academic Officer at Jackson;Madison County Schools in Jackson, TN, and was Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning as well as Chief of Talent Management in Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN. She served as 1 of 7 Transition Steering Committee members charged with leading the largest school district merger in United States’ history. Additionally, Dr. Link has served in an array of central office and school-based administrative roles (in both urban and suburban settings) and has taught elementary, middle, high school and college students over her 29 years in public and private education. Dr. Link also served as a long-standing state Board Member of Learning Forward Tennessee and is currently the state President of Learning Forward Indiana, a professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in K;16 professional development.


Morrison recommends staying at the Herkang Hotel or the Taichung Maison de Chine Hotel. Both hotels are a 20 min walk or 8 min. taxi ride to Morrison Academy:

Taichung Maison de Chine Hotel
Taichung Maison de Chine Hotel [Information HERE]

Herkang Hotel
Google Map from Herkang Hotel to Morrison [HERE]
Image of map to Morrison Academy from Herkang Hotel [HERE]


Morrison recommends you fly into Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) or Taichung Airport (RMQ). Getting to Morrison from Airport for more information on getting to campus from the airport.