Competency Assessment Framework

Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry, while a small independent school, was founded to create a new model for learning infrastructure that would eventually be fully adopted into the mainstream public, rendering PSII itself redundant. One big piece of supporting schools in their adoption of non-coercive, inquiry-based learning is a strong assessment framework. PSII developed such a framework in 2017 and has been honing it (and using it) ever since. This workshop aims to introduce the framework, a rationale for its use, and a real "how to" for teachers looking for a robust assessment tool that is supported by research and best-practice in adolescent learning and motivation. 

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10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

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    Jeff Hopkins

    Jeff Hopkins is the founder and principal at PSII. He was formerly the Superintendent of School District No. 64 (Gulf Islands). As of April 1st, 2013, he began working full time on PSII. The school opened in September, 2013.
    Jeff has been an educator since 1993. He has experience as a teacher of English, English Literature, Social Studies, History, Psychology, Physics, Math, and Independent Directed Studies blending almost every discipline. He has been and still is a school counsellor and has a Masters in Counselling from UNBC, where he studied the relationship between perceived locus-of-control and overt aggression in adolescents. Jeff was BC’s first Safe Schools Coordinator, working to address issues of intimidation, harassment, marginalization through strategies that support inclusion, equity, restorative practices, and welcoming school environments. Jeff has been vice-principal and principal of several high schools in BC. He was UVic’s first Educator in Residence in 2013-14, hosting conversations about the evolution and revolution in education. He was also UVic Education’s distinguished alumnus in 2018. He is interested in the philosophy, the neurobiology of learning and memory, writing music, stories and screenplays, and transforming education.  Husband and father, he enjoys spending time with his family as a settler in the unceded traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ people.