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Ken O'Connor


B.A. (Hon), 1965; Dip. Ed. 1966, University of Melbourne; M.Ed., 1973, University of Toronto

Ken has been an independent consultant from 1996 to the present. He has been a staff development presenter and facilitator on assessment, grading and reporting in 47 states and 9 Canadian provinces and one territory and 25 countries outside North America. He has presented at many conferences in Canada and the U.S.A., including the Pearson ATI Summer Institute, (1996 and 1997 to 2016), Pearson ATI Grading Conferences (2006 to 2017), ASCD Annual Conferences (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2018.) and First Educational Resources conferences in several states (2015, 2016 and 2017).He also was a keynote presenter at the EARCOS Teachers Conference in Bangkok in March 2003, and an institute presenter at AISA conferences in October 2005, and October 2007 in five countries in Africa. He has presented at NESA Conferences in Bahrain, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Athens, Muscat and Istanbul, and at ECIS in Amsterdam. In October 2015 he presented at the EARCOS Leadership Conference in Bangkok. He has presented at a number of Solution Tree conferences including the Assessment Summits in Atlanta in October 2007, and 2008, in Schaumburg, IL in April 2012, and in Saskatoon, SK and Victoria, BC in the fall of 2014 . He was a member of the ASCD Faculty and the ASCD Understanding by Design cadre. He is a founding member of the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network.

His twenty-three year teaching career included experience as a geography teacher and department head at L'Amoreaux C.I. and Maplewood High School in Scarborough, Ontario (1976-90) and teaching at four other schools in Toronto and Melbourne, Australia (Grade 7-12) starting in 1967.

Ken was a Curriculum Coordinator responsible for Student Assessment and Evaluation and Geography for the Scarborough Board of Education (and then the Toronto District School Board) from March 1990 to June 1999. He also worked (half time) as a consultant on Secondary Assessment at the Ontario Ministry of Education from November 1998 to December 1999.

Ken is a sports fanatic. His lifelong sport is (field) hockey; he has been involved in administration, playing, coaching (his teams won two provincial high school championships and three of his players went on to represent Canada in the Olympics), and umpiring, including umpiring men's matches at the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1990 World Cup. More recently he has become a very keen golfer and he also enjoys playing pickleball outdoors in the winter in Florida and indoors in Toronto for the rest of the year.

Ken lives in Scarborough (Toronto) with his wife Marilyn for most of the year and in The Villages in Florida in the winter. He has two children, Jeremy (who is married to Charlene) and Bronwyn (who is married to Rob Mason), and three grandchildren, Jeremy and Charlene's twins, Elliot and Vivian born in 2007 and Bronwyn and Rob’s daughter, Emmeline, born on New Year’s Eve 2016.