Liberating Assessment from Grading led by Jared Colley & Nick Dressler


This interactive brainstorming session focused practical solutions for more effective assessment as well as grading techniques that are more closely aligned with the resulting feedback. Jared Colley and Nick Dressler share practices that they have implemented at their schools.

Video PD Lite:

What Your Grades Really Mean | Eva Ren | TEDxEdenHighSchoolThe Most Effective Grading and Reporting Practices | Thomas R. GuskeyGrading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, How It Transforms Schools and Classrooms | Mark Boswell and Joe Feldman, 2019 NAIS People of Color Conference

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Joel Backon is the Editor of Intrepid Ed News, responsible for all educator content on the website. He joined the OESIS Network as Vice-President from Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) where for 27 years he held key roles in Information Technology, Academic Technology, classroom teacher, curriculum designer, and roles in academic and student advising. Joel leads the online and professional development initiatives through the Intrepid Ed News website and a variety of other platforms. He has been an OESIS Network Leader since 2015.

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