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Grading for Equity: How it Can Transform Teaching and Learning
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When: 11/08/2019
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Sidwell Friends School
3825 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, District of Columbia  20016
United States

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Category: Direct Instruction


Grading for Equity:  What it is, Why it Matters & How it Can Transform Teaching & Learning


Grades determine crucial decisions about our students--course placement, interventions, promotion and retention, athletic eligibility, scholarships and financial aid, graduation and college admission—and inform a student's self-concept and psychological well-being. Yet grading practices often vary widely from teacher to teacher and can be a source of intense stress for our students and families. Even worse, many common grading practices, created during the Industrial Revolution, are imbued with institutional and implicit biases that undermine our equity work. Without a shared understanding of the most effective and equitable practices, we can inadvertently perpetuate achievement and opportunity gaps among our students. In this workshop, learn about grading practices that are accurate, bias-resistant, and motivational, and the power of these practices for student learning and more equitable classrooms and schools.

AIMS Members: $15 (through October 25th) or $25 (After October 25th)
NON AIMS Members: $30 (through October 25th) or $40 (After October 25th)


Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after October 29th.



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Joe Feldman has worked in education for over 20 years as a teacher, principal, and district administrator, and is the founder and CEO of Crescendo Education Group (, which since 2013 has supported schools, districts, and post-secondary institutions to improve grading and assessment practices. He has presented at numerous education conferences, and his writings have been published in Education Week, Kappan, Education Leadership, and District Administrator. His book, Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms (Corwin) was published in 2018. Crescendo Education Group has partnered with the National Education Association as well as the American Federation of Teachers, National Association of Independent Schools, and Stanford University’s Challenge Success.


Joe earned his B.A. from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard School of Education. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children.



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