How Educational Leaders

Can Transform Schools & Systems

Even in these uncertain times, schools and systems continue to improve, solve problems, and move forwards.

More than ever, teachers, students and parents are looking to leaders to show leadership that makes a difference.


But what can leaders do to keep their systems thriving?

In our experience, working with educational leaders during the pandemic and over the past three decades, we have found that transformative change is possible and replicable when they have access to high-yield strategies, tools, and approaches. We have seen how informed, engaged leaders can shape the direction and success of a school or system for the better, even during challenging times such as these.

We invite you to join The Leaders’ Roundtable, beginning February 9, 2022, for a deep dive into proven concepts for transformative change. Learn how leaders of schools and systems have been effecting real, sustained change for the better, and how you can apply these proven ideas to your learning community!

The Leaders’ Roundtable will provide leaders with resources to help overcome immediate challenges, while also exploring pathways for longer term strategic change.

Your Leadership Makes a Difference


The pandemic has tested our classrooms and systems and, as a result, illuminated areas that require ongoing attention and focus, such as students disconnected from learning, teacher stress and burnout, and the need for inspirational leadership. Now is the time to put in place practices that will help our schools and systems get better and flourish.

One thing is certain: The most important stakeholders in our schools and school systems – the students and their parents -- are not giving up on education, and neither are the teachers. Students count on the school system to prepare them for success in life, and teachers are dedicated to helping them get there. However, these groups cannot change things on their own. They need leaders to lead in courageous and bold ways – leaders who can facilitate positive change, who have access to the latest research and proven ideas that can make learning the best it can be!

In our work as educational coaches and consultants, we find that it generally takes from 12-36 months to turn things in the right direction and imbue systems with the principles and practices that effect real, enduring change. So, what better time to get started than when old approaches have shown their shortcomings and new directions are needed!

The Leaders’ Roundtable will give you resources to help overcome immediate challenges while also opening pathways for longer term strategic change.

This Program Delivers a Pathway for School and System Transformation, with Six Interactive Presentations and Additional Resources


The Leaders’ Roundtable provides a roadmap for change that begins with learners and works upwards from there to touch all stakeholders, from parents to classroom teachers to school leaders and system administrators. The components of this program have delivered life-changing student results to hundreds of schools and systems over nearly two decades.

This iteration of the program, tailored specifically to the needs of school and system leaders, includes the following elements:

  • Six Core Interactive Presentations, each 75-90 minutes in length, presented at noon EST (9:00 am PST) once every two weeks over a twelve week period, beginning on February 9th.
  • Chapters from leading texts on core concepts, helping participants to fully grasp the theoretical and strategic framework.  
  • Numerous documents with rubrics, protocols, methods, illustrations, detailed case studies and other resources for immediate practical application in your role as a leader.
  • “Private Podcast Series” (available in the optional upgrade package) where Anne and Sandra thoroughly discuss your questions about the challenges and concerns you are facing today in your schools, and share these discussions via private podcast.
  • An online “binder” (or resource repository), where you can access the program components, including full audio & video recordings of the live presentations.
  • LIFETIME access to all future Leaders’ Roundtables, so you can jump into future sessions for years to come to refresh your knowledge, take your learning deeper, and access responses to questions that develop over the course of time.

Six Core Modules Provide a Framework for Transforming the Experiences of Students and the Outcomes of Schools & Systems


In their work as consultants to schools and systems, Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst have found that positive systemic change can unfold in a variety of exciting ways when a school or system begins to focus on key leverage points. When the tools and strategies begin to be implemented in the classrooms and at other touchpoints, learners and other stakeholders experience immediate results. These changes emanate from the actions of leaders and then build from the classrooms on up to permeate the system with positive new movement and energy.

The online presentations of The Leaders’ Roundtable explore six key modules:

  • Assessment for School and System Learning: Leadership in Action 

  • Being a Leader: Feedback that Feeds School and System Learning Forward

  • Being a Leader: Professional Development that Leads to Learning 

  • Being a Leader: Expanding Proof of Evidence

  • Being a Leader: Moving from Resistance to Support

  • Fueling Our Own Leadership: Nurturing Resilience

Our research and consulting work has demonstrated that these six areas are key leverage points for initiating and sustaining positive change for students, teachers, classrooms, and entire schools. The Leaders’ Roundtable is structured to examine and apply these in depth.

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Your Guides: Deeply Experienced Educators and Consultants with a Track Record of Helping Transform Schools and Systems

Anne Davies, Ph.D. - President

Anne is an acclaimed educator, consultant, keynote speaker, and author. Working alongside and encouraging people to achieve their goals – by truly making a difference in the lives of learners – has led to Anne Davies’ distinguished and internationally-recognized career in Education Leadership and Assessment.

With extensive classroom and consultation experience with education leaders, Anne uses her depth of knowledge and innovative mindset to help educators realize their own potential for positive impact in the classroom and beyond. Anne has also headed a variety of research projects and was Canada’s Team Lead at the International Assessment Symposium in Fredericton, NB (2014). Her work has helped to shape provincial and national educational policy changes and she continues to be a highly sought-after resource for both government and private-sector educational institutions.

Over her distinguished career, Anne has garnered high-profile accolades including the Hilroy Fellowship for outstanding innovation in education and a nomination for the Canadian Education Association’s Whitworth Research Award. Anne is the author and co-author of more than 30 books and multimedia resources, including the best seller, Making Classroom Assessment Work, now in its third edition.

Sandra Herbst - Senior Associate

Sandra is an author, speaker, coach, mentor, and consultant with extensive experience in educational and system leadership, adult learning, and assessment. She has helped jurisdictions, districts, and schools to reflect on their current programs, identify their long-term aspirations, and strategically plan to achieve their future visions.

As a facilitator of workshops, web conferences, and symposia across North America – and as a renowned executive coach – Sandra provides educators with a framework to help meet the diverse needs of both student and adult learners. 

Her tireless efforts to increase student achievement earned a nomination for the Lieutenant Governor’s Elementary School Classroom Teacher Award and the YMCA Women of Distinction Award. She has served as President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and as President of the Manitoba Affiliate of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).  

Amongst her many books and articles, Sandra co-authored the research report “System Leaders Using Assessment for Learning as Both the Change and the Change Process: Developing Theory From Practice” – an 11 year longitudinal study focused on system leadership, published in The Curriculum Journal.

Bonus Offerings: Resources for Success

Bonus #1: Chapters from book on system change

Participants will be provided with selected chapters (in PDF format) from Anne and Sandra’s book on leadership and system change: “Transforming Schools and Systems Using Assessment: A Practical Guide” (Second Edition). 

This highly acclaimed text shows what is needed for system change to reach students in the classroom. The samples provided delve into ways that school administrators, district personnel and superintendents have implemented new systems of learning and leading for all. By experiencing the process and benefits of assessment for learning first-hand, lead learners can become enthusiastic models for colleagues and students.

Bonus #2: PDF Protocols and more

Participants will receive other valuable PDF resources including, workshop conversation directions, learning protocols, and thinking sheets and structures. These valuable resources will support and illuminate each of the six modules. You can print these for use in your own leadership work.

Bonus #3: Online Resource Repository (Digital Binder)

Over the course of the 12-week program, we will provide you with valuable resources that you will want to collect and store for future access. These resources include:

  • Video recordings of the presentations in each of the six modules.
  •  Audio recordings of the six Private Podcast discussions (Optional upgrade).
  •  PDFs of the chapters from the leadership book and other readings we may include.
  •  Other resources including workshop conversations, learning protocols and thinking sheets and structures that we will provide to support and illuminate each of the six modules.

This online Digital Binder will be available via a private login, with a sharing feature to connect with other participants. 

Bonus #4: Free Enrollment in All Future Leaders’ Roundtables

We recognize and understand that system change does not happen overnight, or even in twelve weeks. While we provide you with concepts and approaches to begin transforming your schools and systems during the program, we also invite you to sign up for any of our future Leaders’ Roundtables, where you can refresh your learning, go deeper with the material by taking a second or third pass in the years to come, and access new discussions in the Private Podcast Series (Optional upgrade).

We hope to see you and your leadership team there! You can reflect and learn about how leaders are thriving and growing their leadership in their situations, join those who are successfully growing through their current challenges, and make plans for you to work through the leadership challenges you might be experiencing. The Leaders’ Roundtable is intended as a resource to support the unfolding of your career as a leader!

Bonus #5: Free 1-Year Access to C2L Insider (over 20 courses!)

Anne Davies, Sandra Herbst and the connect2learning team have created “C2L Insider”, a valuable online learning resource that is used by over 50,000 teachers (and growing)! As a bonus for joining “The Leaders’ Roundtable”, you will receive a full access account to the entire catalogue of courses for a full year.

You will be able to mine these resources for ideas, concepts, practical how-to information and valuable content to support your own leadership. The list below provides a partial overview of the 20+ courses and recorded resources that are available to C2L Insiders:

  •  12 courses in Leading the Way to Making Classroom Assessment Work – Each of the 12 courses offers a comprehensive look at a particular aspect of assessment in the service of learning and leading. 
  •  Leadership in Assessment 
  •  12 Quick Fixes: Leading Teaching and Assessment in These Times
  •  Grading, Reporting, and Professional Judgment in Elementary Classrooms
  •  A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools
  •  Building an Assessment Plan
  •  Parents: Understanding Teaching and Assessment in These Times
  •  Collecting Evidence and Portfolios: Engaging Students in Pedagogical Documentation
  •  Ideas: Leadership
  •  Ideas: Evaluation and Reporting

In addition to using C2L Insider as a resource for your leadership work, you may also be interested to enroll teachers in your school or system into C2L Insider for access to courses that may be of interest to them. Please contact us for information on how to enroll members of your team.

Optional In-Depth Discussions via Private Podcast Series

The Leaders’ Roundtable “Standard Package” includes the presentations on the six key modules, along with the bonuses listed. As an optional “Upgrade Package”, we are also offering six “Private Podcast Series” sessions. During the 12-weeks of The Leaders’ Roundtable, participants who select the Upgrade Package can submit questions to a special e-mail address as you go about your day and reflect upon issues or challenges in your work that relate to the content being covered. Anne and Sandra will review the questions and respond in-depth to the patterns and trends that emerge. These responses will be recorded as a podcast, so that you can listen at your convenience.

These discussions will thoroughly examine the situations you are facing and tie them into the content and structure of the six core presentations. The result will be not only a deepening of your learning but also a pragmatic addressing of your concerns and questions and situations. These sessions will help you generate new ideas and approaches and energy, to help you come up with possible pathways and approaches to share with your teams.

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Who We Are and the Results of Our Work

Connect2learning, an organization founded by Anne Davies and Stewart Duncan, has served over 500,000 educators and touched the lives of millions of students in various parts of the globe over the past twenty-five years. The overarching theme behind connect2learning’s work has centered on formative assessment, which is also known as assessment for learning. 

Our team members have worked as academics, educators, researchers, classroom leaders, school leaders, system leaders, and consultants. Through our experiences, we have each come to realize that students thrive, educators are re-energized, and schools transform when the principles and practices of formative assessment are deeply integrated into schools and classrooms. 

Teachers, schools, and systems that work with us often come back year after year to continue the work and deepen the transformation. Why is that? Because they see how the processes and pragmatic steps we introduce, backed by peer-reviewed research studies and our own decades of experience and reflection, make an immediate difference to students, educators, and leaders.

In most instances, student learners become more engaged and develop greater self-confidence and more enthusiasm for the subjects being taught. This leads to higher achievement and graduation rates. Students who struggle and are at risk often see the greatest turnaround. Educators and school leaders report that these students move to new and unexpected levels of success. 

For teachers, it is transformative to their careers when this begins to happen in their own classrooms, and they see learners begin to blossom out in new ways and new directions. Educators find it so gratifying to see the positive changes and they themselves are renewed to do their work of changing lives.

What People Are Saying About Us

“School administrators, teachers, and I have had the opportunity to work with Sandra to further our understanding and enhance our professional practice in assessment and instruction. Wow! The breadth and depth of her expertise in these areas is quite remarkable. She engages us in meaningful conversations based on current research and then seamlessly moves from the philosophical to the specific and practical. She affirms the hard work that we do and both challenges and supports us to move forward. Whether working with a group of 30 or 300, Sandra makes personal connections through her stories, real life experiences and fabulous sense of humour. The feedback from staff is exceptionally positive... we want her back!”
Robert C., Superintendent of Schools – South District, The Winnipeg School Division, MB
“Because the connect2learning team is actively involved in research and writing, they are constantly on the forefront of evolving trends and best practices in K-12 education. I consider them to be the best in the business.
Marc C., Executive Director, Commission scolaire Francophone du Yukon
“We have had 100% participation in connect2learning’s virtual platform and have received excellent feedback from our staff. We are entering our third year of collaboration.”
Donna L., Director of Education
“To Anne, Sandra, and all the professionals at connect2learning: For many years, we, as a system and myself, as a teacher and coordinator, have relied on your professional learning resources that are grounded in sound pedagogy and teaching practices. With the addition of the c2l online learning modules, our teachers had the opportunity to refine their assessment and evaluation practices while working through the modules in collaborative groups. The teachers enjoyed the options available to them and that they are able to return to the modules throughout the school year. It has been a pleasure working with the professionals at c2l, as they listened to all of our requests and exceeded our expectations. I look forward to working with them in the years to come.”
Rita Campitelli, Coordinator of Secondary Program, York Catholic District School Board Aurora, ON
“As a single school state system, our department has gone through many changes throughout the years. What started years ago as a statewide effort has continued at the local level with the support, guidance and modeling of Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst at connect2learning. They have tailored resources to meet our needs and so teachers can see how the practices are doable and working in classrooms that look like theirs.”
Monica Mann, Director of Hawaii DOE’s Instructional Support Branch
"We sent a team of teachers, administrators, and district staff to Anne’s Leadership Symposium. With the help of Anne and her team of resource people, we were able to develop a comprehensive plan for the implementation of Assessment for Learning in our school district. We subsequently booked Anne to come and work with us during the year. During her first visit, she facilitated the work of teams of teachers and administrators from all 41 schools in our district. Using her excellent resources, particularly the book, Making Classroom Assessment Work, Anne did a masterful job of engaging her audience and encouraging them to commit to work that they would do in the future."
H.G., Former Superintendent, Central Okanagan School District #23, BC
"I engaged Anne in partnership with our Ministry of Education to carry out a series of Assessment for Learning workshops throughout New Zealand. These were so well received that Anne revisited us the following year and carried out further, more specialized workshops. Without exception, both the content and presentation was lauded; Anne is certainly viewed as being at the cutting edge of assessment theory and practice. She is equally at ease working with small and large groups of educators and consistently displays a refined sense of humour; an empathy with and knowledge of learners (teachers are learners, learners are teachers); flexibility; content knowledge par excellence; and a willingness to reflect." 
K.S., Former Principal, Stratford Primary School, New Zealand
"When working with Anne/Sandra/Brenda and C2L, we have been able to learn how to utilize practical tools and examples of the processes that engage students as co-owners of their learning. The resources and training have enabled us to focus on providing professional development to engage teachers and school administrators on how to engage students in the learning process effectively. We continue to use connect2learning as a key component in our efforts to support our schools and their success."
Rampal S. School Renewal Specialist, DOE Hawaii
"Sandra was fantastic at our conference. Her sessions were very popular amongst participants and the feedback thus far has been extremely positive. Her sessions got to the heart of the matter for us with respect to assessment. She challenged thinking and caused many to reflect on their assessment practices. Not only were Sandra's sessions time well spent but she also took time to connect with her audience. People commented on how she would continue conversations during breaks and even long after her session had ended. A great experience."
Paul R., School Development & Assessment, NFLD


 The Leaders’ Roundtable begins on February 9, 2022, with each of the six online presentations taking place every Wednesday at 12:00 pm EST on a bi-weekly basis for twelve weeks. For those who sign up for the Optional Upgrade to receive the Private Podcast Series discussions, these will happen in each of the weeks following each online presentation. 

Participants will receive full scheduling and login information for the resources and online presentations in January.

Pricing for the Leaders' Roundtable

Roundtable Standard

Price $550

  • Six Online Presentations
  •  Bonus #1: Chapters from book on system change
  •  Bonus #2: PDF Protocols and more
  •  Bonus #3: Online Resource Repository 
  •  Bonus #4: Free Enrollment in All Future Leaders’ Roundtables
  •  Bonus #5: Free 1-Year Access to C2L Insider (over 20 courses!)

Roundtable Plus

Price $775

  • Upgrade Package with Private Podcast Series
  • Six Online Presentations
  •  Bonus #1: Chapters from book on system change
  •  Bonus #2: PDF Protocols and more
  •  Bonus #3: Online Resource Repository 
  •  Bonus #4: Free Enrollment in All Future Leaders’ Roundtables
  •  Bonus #5: Free 1-Year Access to C2L Insider (over 20 courses!)

Group Discounts

2-5 team members: 10% discount

6 team members and above: 15% discount

Taxes extra where applicable.


“No Risk” Money Back Guarantee: If unsatisfied for any reason, let us know by February 28th, 2022 for a full refund.

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