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Cooperating School Districts invites K-12 teachers and administrators to join fellow educators for a candid look at what grades really mean and how to respond constructively to important topics in standards-based grading, such as: averaging, zeroes on the 100-point scale, homework, late work, descriptive feedback, setting up grade books, 100 vs. 4.0 point scales, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, formative vs. summative assessments, and much more, including the ethics and logistics of students re-doing assessments for full credit. While offering practical tips, this workshop on January 8, 2013, busts many myths of conventional grading practices and it reveals participants’ core beliefs about teaching and learning. It has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice. Visit the registration calendar at www.csd.org to enroll.

WormeliPresenter Rick Wormeli is one of the first National Board Certified Teachers in America. Rick brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations, and his instructional practice, which includes 31 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history and coaching teachers and principals. Rick the is the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle, as well as the best-selling books, Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12, Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject, all five from Stenhouse Publishers, as well as Summarization in any Subject, published by ASCD.  His classroom practice is a showcase for ASCD’s best-selling series, “At Work in the Differentiated Classroom,” and he is a contributing author to Middle School Matters and Because You Teach, published by Incentive Publications.