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Avoiding Mixed Messages in Grading and Assessment – Myron Dueck

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  • February 22, 2018
    8:30 am - 3:15 pm

Eligible for Illinois PD Credit and CEU Credit         Administrators Academy #1577

Myron Dueck has gained experience over 22 years in both Canada and New Zealand in subjects ranging from grades 4 to 12. Beginning in 2006, Myron developed a number of assessments and grading systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to the feedback they receive and play a significant role in the reporting of that learning. Myron has been a part of district groups, school committees and governmental bodies that have further broadened his access to innovative steps taken by others. Myron has shared his stories, tools and first-hand experiences with public, charter and international school educators from around the world. In recent years Myron’s presentations have diverged to include human nature, global trends and social realities. Myron has twice been published in EL Magazine. His best-selling book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder – Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn was released by ASCD in July 2014 and in 2015 ASCD released a video project from in his own school district entitled ‘Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom’.

The Presentation

1) Let’s start with a conversation: ‘What do I believe?’
• What is the critical role of an educator today?
• What are the core beliefs that drive my practice?
• What are the classroom experiences that support those beliefs?
• What is the PURPOSE of grading and reporting?

2) Targets for Learning & Assessment of Targets – Classroom tools that work.
• Myron will provide concrete steps and templates as to how he built a student-monitored retesting system based on student-friendly learning outcomes that support a competency-minded environment.
• Myron will demonstrate how clear project learning targets and alternative assessment routines can not only make assessments both effective and efficient, but also help build positive relationships with some of the most unlikely students.
• This session will underscore the impact these changes have on empowering all learners.

3) Next Steps – Do assessment changes cause a re-examination of grading rules?
• In this session will tackle the conversation around how to best align grading practices to standards-based assessment.
• Homework strategies and efforts to curb late assignments that uphold assessment data rather than eroding it will be addressed.
• In this session attendees will see numerous examples of grading strategies from across the curriculum that support good behaviors and also maintain the legitimacy of assessment data

4) Next Steps – District, School or Personal Audit and What is my personal action plan?
• In this segment, attendees will get the opportunity to perform an audit that compares our beliefs to the current state of our schools. This will be an opportunity for leaders to prioritize the next steps intended to further this work in their individual buildings. The main idea in this session will be looking at the resources required to move from existing state to desired state.

Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00am-8:30am

Lunch provided


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