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This digital program is for all things DL2023! Sched is open! You may select your sessions starting March 14th at 11am PST.

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Thursday, March 30 • 9:45am - 11:15am
Grading: The Third Rail of Teaching

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Challenging the grading practices of teachers can lead to defensiveness and an almost complete unwillingness to interrogate our practices. Whether it’s including zeros for missing work, deducting points for late work, giving points for compliance, or assessing formative work for points, our grading practices communicate our values but often don’t communicate what is most important: a student’s learning. Join us as we talk about our journey introducing Competency Based Grading, a practice that puts learning in the hands of students and has the potential to be far more equitable than traditional grading practices. Participants will consider what values from their school and classrooms might serve as competencies, will propose exemplary assignments and reflection questions to make those competencies clear in the eyes of students, and will also evaluate how to effectively visualize those competencies as an effective alternative to standard A-F grades in the eyes of parents and post-high-school institutions.

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Mac Guy

Workshop Facilitator, New Trier High School
I am a teacher at New Trier High School in Illinois. I also teach in the Integrated Global Studies School, an interdisciplinary "school within a school" for Juniors and Seniors that combines English, Social Studies, and Art. Talk to me about alternative grading practices and interdisciplinary... Read More →
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Lindsay Tobias

Teacher, New Trier High School

Thursday March 30, 2023 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
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