Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

Learning Assessments & Innovative Strategies for Learning: A Purpose Driven Assessment System


​​Reports, reports and more reports!  The ability to look across massive and disparate data sets to identify benchmarks, insights and often counter intuitive trends in education, workforce and government garnered attention and interest.  Teaching has become a very complex profession and the dedication of our teachers is impacted by the demands of systems, issues, excessive reporting, and other constraints. How can we achieve educational excellence using data analytics? What type of assessments are available, needed or desired? How do we eliminate useless reporting?

Deb will take you on a journey using interactive, learning-centered methods to share some of the ways education is using purpose driven assessment systems, removing silos to increase student, learner success at all levels, creating life-long learners.  

DeboraRuth Colbert, AU, AIM, CTT+, MAOM, speaker, consultant and facilitator has more than 35 years of experience as a leader at a Fortune 50 Company, where she was responsible for training, development, measurement and curriculum design for thousands using non-traditional education methods.    


She is currently CEO of CoCo365- Colbert Consulting, and a Performance Consultant for CXS, an international learning solutions company that focuses on holistic learning models, and looking to revolutionize data analytics used in education(K-College) to be more inclusive, relevant and timely. Deb serves on several boards, is a member of professional organizations, and serves as an advisor to small businesses and community leaders. Deb is devoted to the transformation of education, and has created training, internships, tutoring, resource channels, leadership development and mentoring programs in several states.

The workforce is diverse, comprised of high school and college educated individuals that have a wide array of learning experiences and styles. Deb noticed that there was a tremendous gap in skills, behaviors and knowledge needed by those entering the workforce, and the education they received. The training had to be broader to include interpersonal skills, conceptual skills (questioning, critical thinking, etc.), practice and application.

The findings also sparked conversation in post- secondary education, career-readiness, the media, non-profit organizations, programs, policy makers and many more, that considered the role her findings could play in our collective understanding about what shapes, and inspires us to improve student outcomes.