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Damian Cooper is an independent education consultant who specializes in helping schools and school districts improve their instructional and assessment skills.
In his varied career, Damian has been a secondary English, Special Education, and Drama teacher, a department head, a librarian, a school consultant and a curriculum developer.
has specialized in student assessment for more than twenty years.
Damian served as assessment consultant to the School Division of Nelson Education where he worked on the development of assessment principles and strategies for a wide variety of K-12 resources.
Prior to that appointment, he was Co-ordinator of Assessment and Evaluation for the Halton District School Board in Burlington, Ontario.
In 1997, Damian was a member of the Canadian delegation invited by Nelson Mandela's government to establish a national curriculum and assessment framework for South Africa.
has been working with schools and school districts in India, Wisconsin, Georgia, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba, to help improve assessment practices in their elementary and secondary schools.
In Ontario, Damian
has worked under contract to the Ministry of Education and the Assessment Training Consortium
on a variety of projects.
was co-developer of the Ontario Assessment Instrument Pool (OAIP) for students in vocational programs, an initiative that introduced the concept of visual targets to educators in this province.
As an original member of the Assessment Training Consortium, Damian helped to develop and deliver some of the earliest workshops involving data-based decision-making.
After studying with Rick Stiggins and Grant Wiggins, Damian
was instrumental in introducing qualitative and performance-based assessment to Ontario educators.
served on the executive of the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario
(AERO) from 1997-2002.
Damian and his partner, Nanci Wakeman, co-authored both Getting Assessment Right: Language and Getting Assessment Right: Mathematics for Data-Based Directions.