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Differentiated Instruction & Sound Grading Practices

Differentiated instruction

This training focuses on using formative and summative data to design plans for differentiated instruction. Participants will develop a framework for studying assessment data and making decisions regarding differentiation. 


Participants will also examine their grading practices, including reflecting on what they consider when formulating a quarterly grade, such as participation, homework, effort, and more. We will question current grading practices and ask ourselves "Do my grading practices accurately communicate student learning, or is the learning picture distorted by too many other considerations?"

Attendees will receive a copy of Ken O'Conner's A Repair Kit for Grading: Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades (with DVD).

Creating a classroom culture of student involvement which 
fosters motivation and student achievement.

Learning Targets:

  • I can differentiate between descriptive and evaluative feedback, using both to close achievement gaps and motivate students.
  • I can analyze data and use it to make instructional decisions which fit the needs of a diverse student population.
  • I can audit my grading practices for alignment to the intended learning targets.
  • I can identify research supporting sound grading practices.

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