2023 NAIS Equity Design Lab: Grading for Equity
July 26-28, 2023
University School, Nashville, TN
Exemplary teaching—the artful blend of content knowledge, zest for learning, and abiding concern for each student and their unique needs and aspirations—is a hallmark of independent education. But what about exemplary grading?
For a fourth year, NAIS is pleased to present Grading For Equity, a three-day institute and Equity Design Lab (EDL) that improves grading, increases intrinsic motivation, and reduces bias in assessment. This institute is led by Joe Feldman, noted educator and author of Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms.
EDL participants will examine how the continued use of traditional grading practices often unwittingly reinforces century-old beliefs about students' academic and intellectual capacities, perpetuates opportunity gaps, creates more stressful classrooms, and unintentionally rewards students with more resources while penalizing those with fewer material and financial supports. This highly interactive program will synthesize education research and practical classroom-based experience to address these questions:
NAIS recommends participants register in school teams composed of both teachers and administrators to ensure more diverse perspectives and to promote more productive planning and cross-role coordination. While many teachers have autonomy over their grading practices, the grades those teachers assign—and students’ and families’ experience with receiving those grades—do not exist in a vacuum. Administrators need a clear understanding of equitable grading to support faculty, communicate effectively to caregivers, and to lead schoolwide change.
Whether part of a team or not, each registrant’s head of school and division director will be invited to participate in a pre-institute Zoom call to provide an overview of the institute content, specific outcomes to expect, and specific ways to leverage their investment in this professional development during the 2023-24 year. Within this context, the EDL on Grading for Equity is a robust experience for:
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Programming will take place from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM each day, July 26-28.
Cancellations must be received in writing at this email address: [email protected]. Cancellations received up to 30 days (June 27) prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the program will not be refunded.