We are looking for schools and/or school districts interested in partnering with us to provide an in-depth Formative Assessment professional learning opportunity in your region.

The concept we have in mind for the Formative Assessment Academy, is truly like no other professional learning program in the nation.
Click here to see an example of what your academy can look like.


To find out more about how your school or district can participate in this unique and powerful program, contact us:

Email: tom@jk-thomas.com
Phone: (604) 250-5960
Or click here to set up an appointment for a callback.


Core Facilitator Team

Tom Schimmer
Tom Schimmer is an independent education author, speaker, and consultant from Penticton, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of assessment for learning, sound grading practices, educational leadership, and positive behavior interventions and supports.
Tom has been an educator since 1991. His teaching career began at Vancouver College in Vancouver, BC where he spent 7 years (1991-1998) as a full-time classroom teacher having taught a variety of subjects from grades 7-12. He then spent the next 11 years as a school administrator. After spending one-year (1998-99) as the Assistant Principal for the Senior School (10-12) at Vancouver College, Tom moved to School District No. 67 in Penticton, BC (Canada) where he was a middle school (6-8) Assistant Principal for 7 years (1999-2006) and a High School (9-12) Assistant Principal for three (2006-2009). In 2009, Tom was appointed to the position of District Principal (2009-2011) where he was a member of the senior management team and was responsible for overseeing the efforts to support & build the instructional capacities of teachers & administrators throughout the district.
Tom is an experienced, sought-after presenter who has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions and major conferences, as well as for schools and/or school districts, internationally.
Tom's first book, Ten Things that Matter from Assessment to Grading, was published by Pearson Canada (May 2011) and will adapted and released in the United States by Pearson U.S.A. (January 2013)
Tom holds a Teaching Degree from Boise State University (1990) and a Masterís Degree (Curriculum & Instruction) from the University of British Columbia (1999).

Tom Unwin
Tom has been a teacher, elementary, middle and high school principal, district leader in curriculum, professional training, adult education, career and technical programs, innovative high school design and community coordination, and worked as a regional coordinator with the Ministry of Education.
Currently Tom is the CEO of JK Thomas and Associates and provider of traditional and online professional learning for educators across N. America.



To find out more about how your school or district can participate in this unique and powerful program, contact us:

Email: tom@jk-thomas.com
Phone: (604) 250-5960
Or click here to set up an appointment for a callback.