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Grading from the Inside Out

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  • Grading from the Inside Out
     April 30, 2024
     8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Midwest Principals’ Center & Illinois ASCD

invite you to join us for


Grading from the Inside Out


   Tom Schimmer


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

8:30am – 3:00 pm


Medinah Shrine Center

Addison, IL

(virtual option also available)

Administrators’ Academy credit APPROVED (IAA #3807)


The development of a standards-based mindset is the oft-overlooked but essential first step for long-term grading reform. Based on his recently released book of the same title, Tom will outline how to take a standards-based approach to grading, even when a traditional grading and reporting paradigm exists. The non-negotiable grading true north of accuracy and confidence will be featured, as well as the three essential practices that serve as the cornerstone for developing a standards-based mindset will be explored. 


Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand how to audit any grading practice through the lens of accuracy and confidence. 

  • Explore the faulty logic behind many of our traditional grading practices. 

  • Examine the hazards of punitive grading

  • Identify the replacement routines and practices that establish a standards-based mindset and approach to grading, independent of any changes to school or district policy. 

Whether your purpose is to utilize sound grading practices in your own classroom, modernize grading practices across a grade level/department, move to a standards-based grading model at your school/district, or improve upon your current standards-based grading practices, this workshop is for you! Tom will take theoretical to practical, offering examples with context to classroom and whole school application. Participants will develop personalized action plans for implementing standards-based grading that is accurate, bias-resistant, and improves student learning.




About the Presenter:  Tom Schimmer is an independent education author and speaker from Vancouver, BC. Over the course of his career, he has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district level leader. Tom is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the areas of assessment, grading, MTSS, and educational leadership. He has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions at several national and international conferences. As well, Tom has worked directly with schools and school districts throughout Canada, the United States, and 21 other countries around the world. He is the author and/or co-author of 9 books, including best-seller, Grading from the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment through a Standards-based Mindset, and his latest release, Redefining Student Accountability: A Proactive Approach to Teaching Behavior Outside the Gradebook. Tom is also the host of The Tom Schimmer Podcast. 






A copy of Tom Schimmer’s book, Grading from the Inside Out, is included in the registration fee.




550 North Shriners Drive, Addison, Illinois, 60101, United States

Additional Information
  • All registrations will be confirmed by email.
  • If you register 10 people, the 10th registration is free. Call 847-851-2256 or email [email protected] to receive this discount.
  • Cancellations must be received at least 5 business days before the program event in order for refunds to be made. A $10 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in registering, call Tresie at 847-851-2256 or email her at [email protected].