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February 3, 2015

Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) Project

Fall has been extremely busy for the PBLA project. Lead Teachers who trained in the first cohort were able to have face-to-face meetings with their Regional Coaches in September and early October. Meetings were held in Saskatchewan, Southern Alberta, Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces. These gatherings were all full-day meetings, giving Regional Coaches, Lead Teachers, and Administrators the opportunity to go over training strategies to introduce their colleagues to PBLA.

The PBLA Project team also launched another twelve weeks of PBLA online Lead Teacher training. There are eight groups training under Citizenship and Immigration Canada – five from British Columbia and three from Ontario. In addition, four groups are training under the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT) in Ontario. These groups of Lead Teachers have been training online with their Regional Coaches. Some had the opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting with their Regional Coach in mid-September, while other groups were able to meet “virtually” with their Regional Coach. This second cohort is about to complete the twelfth week of the Foundation Phase, and will move into the Application Phase of training in January. CCLB held two webinars in November for Administrators in this cohort to update them on the achievements and expectations for the Lead Teacher training. The webinars can be found in the PBLA Administrator group in Tutela.ca. 

In October, PBLA workshops were offered at a number of conferences, including TESL ON, ATESL, and CAPLA. The workshops that were provided were specifically aimed to support Administrators and Lead Teachers who have started their journey in PBLA, and to give an overview of what PBLA is to those who have been hearing about it, but have not begun training. 

The PBLA team will be very busy in December, as we are preparing to launch a third cohort in early January. This cohort will consist primarily of lead teachers training from the province of Manitoba. In preparation for the increase in training, CCLB has also added a Regional Coach from Manitoba to the team. Welcome to the PBLA Team!

CCLB would also like to congratulate one of our certified PBLA Lead Teachers, Suma Balagopal who was recognized as the winner of the TESL Ontario Sparks of Excellence award for her exemplary work.

Congratulations, Suma!

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