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A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades

Educators interested in examining and improving grading practices should ask the following questions:
  • Am I confident that students in my classroom receive consistent, accurate and meaningful grades that support learning?
  • Am I confident that the grades I assign students accurately reflect my school or district’s published performance standards and desired learning outcomes?

In many schools, the answers to these questions often range from "not very" to "not at all." When that’s the case, grades are "broken" and teachers and schools need a "repair kit" to fix them. A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades, 2/e gives teachers and administrators 15 ways to make the necessary repairs.

The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction

Though classroom instructional strategies should clearly be based on sound science and research, knowing when to use them and with whom is more of an art. In The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, author Robert J. Marzano presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students.

He articulates his framework in the form of 10 questions that represent a logical planning sequence for successful instructional design. For classroom lessons to be truly effective, educators must examine every component of the teaching process with equal resolve. Filled with charts, rubrics, and organizers, this methodical, user-friendly guide will help teachers examine and develop their knowledge and skills, so they can achieve that dynamic fusion of art and science that results in exceptional teaching and outstanding student achievement.

Achieving coherence in district improvement

Achieving Coherence in District Improvement focuses on a problem of practice faced by educational leaders across the nation: how to effectively manage the relationship between the central office and schools. The book is based on a study of five large urban districts that have demonstrated improvement in student achievement. The authors—all members of Harvard University’s Public Education Leadership Project (PELP)—argue that there is no “one best way” to structure the central office-school relationship. Instead, they say, what matters is whether district leaders effectively select and implement their strategy by achieving coherence among key elements and actors—the district’s environment, resources, systems, structures, stakeholders, and culture. The authors examine the five districts’ approaches in detail and point to a number of important findings. First, they emphasize that a clear, shared understanding of decision rights in key areas—academic programming, budgeting, and staffing—is essential to developing an effective central office-school relationship. Second, they stress the importance of building mutually supportive and trusting relationships between district leaders and principals. Third, they highlight the ways that culture and the external environment influence the relationship between the central office and schools. Each chapter also provides relevant “Lessons for Practice”—actionable takeaways—that educational leaders from any district can use successfully to improve the central office-school relationship.

Anatomy of Peace

Boards that Matter: Building Blocks for Implementing Coherent Governance' and Policy Governance'

The challenge of governing a complex organization is difficult enough in itself, without layering on top of that challenge the struggle to make the board's own operating system seem natural and meaningful. Making Your Governance Model Work is a practical guide that takes the mystery out of that process. It is a book that is loaded with down-to-earth solutions, all based on processes successfully in use today by boards across the United States and internationally. Although many of the examples offered in the book come from the world of public school boards and non-profit boards of various types, the implementation processes are equally applicable to boards of all types.

CK12

The CK-12 Foundation was founded with the mission to enable everyone to learn in his or her own way. We pair high quality content with the latest technologies. We equip students, teachers, and parents with everything they need. For free.

CAFÉ

In The CAFE Book, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser present a practical, simple way to integrate assessment into daily reading and classroom discussion. The CAFE system, based on research into the habits of proficient readers, is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary. The system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small-group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs.

 

Gail and Joan developed the CAFE system to support teachers as they:

·         organize assessment data so it truly informs instruction;

·         track each child's strengths and goals, thereby maximizing time with him or her;

·         create flexible groups of students, all focused on a specific reading strategy; and

·         help students remember and retrieve the reading strategies they learned.

 

The CAFE system does not require expensive materials, complicated training, or complete changes to current classroom literacy approaches. Rather, it provides a structure for conferring with students, a language for talking about reading development, and a system for tracking growth and fostering student independence. The CAFE system’s built-in flexibility allows teachers to tailor the system to reflect the needs of their students and their state’s standards. And it’s a perfect complement to The Daily Five, “The Sisters” influential first book, which lays out a structure for keeping all students engaged in productive literacy work for every hour of every classroom day.

Comprehension Connections

Comprehension Connections is a guide to developing children's ability to fully understand texts by making the comprehension process achievable, accessible, and incremental. McGregor's approach sequences stages of learning for each strategy that take students from a fun object lesson to a nuanced and lasting understanding. Her lessons build bridges between the concrete and the abstract by incorporating writing, discussion, song, art, and movement into a web of creative connections that reinforce each strategy on a variety of levels. All the whileComprehension Connections offers an inside look at the dynamic of McGregor's teaching, showing you how her ideas look in action, and including the language she uses and that she encourages her students to use as they build their facility with:

  • schema
  • inferring
  • questioning
  • determining importance
  • visualizing
  • synthesizing.

Many students struggle to understand what it is they are supposed to do as they learn to read strategically. Help them make connections to the ideas behind reading and watch as your readers go deeper into texts than ever before.

Classroom Instruction that Works

In 2001, Classroom Instruction That Works inspired more than a million teachers to refine their approach to teaching by asking and answering these questions: What works in education? How do we know? How can educational research find its way into the classroom? How can we apply it to help individual students? This all-new, completely revised second edition of that classic text pulls from years of research, practice, and results to reanalyze and reevaluate the nine instructional strategies that have the most positive effects on teaching and learning:

  • Setting objectives and providing feedback

  • Reinforcing effort and providing recognition

  • Cooperative learning

  • Cues, questions, and advance organizers

  • Nonlinguistic representations

  • Summarizing and note taking

  • Assigning homework and providing practice

  • Identifying similarities and differences

  • Generating and testing hypotheses

A new framework organizes these strategies in preparation for instructional planning, and it highlights the point that all of the strategies are effective and should be used to complement one another. Each teaching strategy is supported with recommended classroom practices, examples of the strategy in use, tips for teaching, and information about using the strategy with today's learners.

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Cutting Edge Technology

A robot can build a car. But a robot cannot buy a car ... The explosion in the development of computer- and robot-based manufacturing is seeing the rapid expansion of laborless production systems. Such systems create enormous instability, both for the overall world economy where money previously paid in wages is now invested in labor-saving technology and therefore cannot be spent on goods, and for workers whose jobs are being de-skilled or are simply disappearing. Bringing together contributions from workers employed in the new electronics and information industries with theorists in economics, politics and science, Cutting Edge provides an up-to-the-minute analysis of the complex relations between technology and work. Individual essays look at topics including the cyclical nature of a technologically driven economy, the privatization of knowledge which new information industries demand, the convergence of different economic sectors under the impact of digitalization, and the strategies which trade unionists and governments might deploy to protect jobs and living standards.

Technology has the potential to end material scarcity and lay the foundations for higher forms of human fulfillment. But under existing power structures, it is more likely to exacerbate the poverty and misery under which most people live. Cutting Edge weighs that balance and, in helping us to understand how technology interacts with the production of goods and services, tips it in the direction of a more equal and creative world.

Daily 5

The Daily 5, Second Edition retains the core literacy components that made the first edition one of the most widely read books in education and enhances these practices based on years of further experience in classrooms and compelling new brain research. The Daily 5 provides a way for any teacher to structure literacy (and now math) time to increase student independence and allow for individualized attention in small groups and one-on-one.

Teachers and schools implementing the Daily 5 will do the following:

  • Spend less time on classroom management and more time teaching
  • Help students develop independence, stamina, and accountability
  • Provide students with abundant time for practicing reading, writing, and math
  • Increase the time teachers spend with students one-on-one and in small groups
  • Improve schoolwide achievement and success in literacy and math.

The Daily 5, Second Edition gives teachers everything they need to launch and sustain the Daily 5, including materials and setup, model behaviors, detailed lesson plans, specific tips for implementing each component, and solutions to common challenges. By following this simple and proven structure, teachers can move from a harried classroom toward one that hums with productive and engaged learners.

What's new in the second edition:

  • Detailed launch plans for the first three weeks
  • Full color photos, figures, and charts
  • Increased flexibility regarding when and how to introduce each Daily 5 choice
  • New chapter on differentiating instruction by age and stamina
  • Ideas about how to integrate the Daily 5 with the CAFE assessment system
  • New chapter on the Math Daily 3 structure

Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives: Classroom Strategies that Work

Design and teach effective learning goals and objectives by following strategies based on the strongest research and theories available. This first book in the Classroom Strategies That Work library includes a summary of key research behind these classroom practices and shows how to implement them using step-by-step hands-on strategies. Dr. Robert J. Marzano translates theory into action, details the impact of well-designed and well-taught goals and objectives, and offers recommendations for classroom practice. Short quizzes help readers assess their understanding of the instructional best practices explained in each section. Use this book as a personal resource or as a group study tool.

Enhancing Student Achievement: A Framework for School Improvement

Educators devoted to school reform focus all too often on the isolated components of K-12 education--this is the essential premise of this powerful new book. If we are truly committed to improving our schools, the author contends, then we must focus on the interdependence of variables that affect student learning, both inside and outside the classroom. The book is divided into three distinct parts. In Part 1, Danielson introduces the Four Circles Model to define the criteria for successful school improvement: Everything educators do to help their students learn must be based on what educators want (school, district, or state goals), believe (values and principles), and know (educational research). In Part 2, the author provides a framework for improving schools--including curriculum, team planning, and policies and practices affecting students--and connects every concept to the criteria presented in Part 1. She also provides a handy rubric at the end of each chapter, both as a summary of main points and as a tool for educators to gauge the needs of their school. Part 3 offers readers guidelines on how best to implement the framework using action planning. Brimming with perceptive advice and thought-provoking arguments, this book is both a wake-up call and a roadmap to success for those determined to provide students with the best education possible.

Family and Community Engagement

The Handbook on Family and Community Engagement was created with funding and support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education to the Academic Development Institute and the Center on Innovation & Improvement. The Center on Innovation & Improvement is a national content center supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Five Obstacles to Grading Reform

This article examines 5 fallacies associated with the grading and marking of students. The fallacies, which are described as obstacles to grading reform, are the beliefs that grades should be the basis for differentiating students, grade distributions should look like a bell curve, students’ grades should be based on the performance of classmates, poor grades motivate students, and one grade should be given per student per course.

Framework for Building Partnerships Among Schools, Families and Communities

This framework was designed to help schools develop effective and lasting relationships with families to support their children’s learning. It provides districts and schools with guidance for developing family engagement plans within their existing continuous improvement plans, which address the varied needs of Ohio’s families and their children and youth.

Getting Started

The focus of Getting Started: Reculturing Schools to Become Professional Learning Communities is answering the most common question posed by schools seeking to start their transformation into professional learning communities: Where do we begin? In the Introduction, the authors present the PLC concept, making the book accessible to those who have not yet read Professional Learning Communities at Work and providing a review of the framework for those who have. The main focus of the Introduction is that PLC is not a cookie-cutter approach, but rather a process that can be complex and non-linear. The book provides the reader access to a solid conceptual framework and concrete illustrations of how schools operate when they are functioning as PLCs, as well as to assessments for determining the effectiveness of their efforts.

Gooru.org

Gooru honors the human right to education by creating technology that enables educators and researchers to “open-source” effective practices and content to improve learning outcomes for all.

Growing Up Writing

Introduce the effective power of the mini-lesson format into your classroom and discover the skills you need to teach your young writers. With fifty-nine mini-lessons organized by the function they serve in the kindergarten classroom, and calendars that outline skills expectations for your students' first year of writing instruction, this resource helps you customize the power of Writers' Workshop so you can meet the needs of your emergent writers.

Guiding K-3 Writers to Independence

In this breakthrough book, internationally respected literacy researchers Gay Pinnell and Pat Scharer introduce us to community writing, which centers on the relationship between group writing such as shared and interactive writing and children's own independent writing development. At the heart of community writing is rich talk about all aspects of the writing process as well as several other key essentials the book shows you how to develop:

• How to help your young writers “own” their topics; children write best when their writing is based on authentic topics of their choice-ideas, stories, and events that are real for them.

• How to use quality children's literature to support your teaching; the authors demonstrate the importance of reading quality books to children in ways that invite children's thoughts, questions, and observations before, during, and after the reading. Conversations about books help children learn about the writer's craft.

• How to teach writing all day long—beyond the writer's workshop; children learn about writing in a range of instructional contexts each day. For use with Grades K-3.

How to Leverage PLCs for School Improvement

Spark a culture of success. Building a professional learning community that fosters collaboration and collective responsibility can create lasting change and improve student learning schoolwide. Investigate the five challenges to school improvement, and uncover research-based strategies to confront them. Read a true account of a school that experienced reform, reversed its culture of failure, and reaped lasting results.
Benefits

-Learn about possible team configurations and what a learning-focused culture requires.
-Prioritize the most essential standards for students, and unpack the learning targets.
-Answer reflection questions following each chapter, and consider next steps.
-Discover what remediation should occur in elementary school, middle school, and high school.
-Consider the qualities that school leaders should possess.

Improbable Scholars

No school district can be all charismatic leaders and super-teachers. It can't start from scratch, and it can't fire all its teachers and principals when students do poorly. Great charter schools can only serve a tiny minority of students. Whether we like it or not, most of our youngsters will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools.

The good news, as David L. Kirp reveals in Improbable Scholars, is that there's a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students. Indeed, this is precisely what's happening in a most unlikely place: Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson from Manhattan. The school district--once one of the worst in the state--has ignored trendy reforms in favor of proven game-changers like quality early education, a word-soaked curriculum, and hands-on help for teachers. When beneficial new strategies have emerged, like using sophisticated data-crunching to generate pinpoint assessments to help individual students, they have been folded into the mix.

The results demand that we take notice--from third grade through high school, Union City scores on the high-stakes state tests approximate the statewide average. In other words, these inner-city kids are achieving just as much as their suburban cousins in reading, writing, and math. What's even more impressive, nearly ninety percent of high school students are earning their diplomas and sixty percent of them are going to college. Top students are winning national science awards and full rides at Ivy League universities. These schools are not just good places for poor kids. They are good places for kids, period. 

Improbable Scholars offers a playbook--not a prayer book--for reform that will dramatically change our approach to reviving public education.

KhanAcademy.org

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

Learning By Doing

Since the publication of the first edition of Learning by Doing, the authors have made presentations to tens of thousands of educators, served on dozens of panels to answer their questions, worked with several districts on a long-term ongoing basis to assist with their implementation of the professional learning community (PLC) concept, and participated in ongoing dialogue with educators on the allthingsplc.info website. This continuing work with teachers, principals, and central office staff from schools and districts throughout North America has given them a deeper understanding of the challenges educators face as they attempt to implement the professional learning community process in their organizations. This second edition attempts to draw upon that deeper understanding to provide educators with a more powerful tool for moving forward. Like the first edition, the second edition of Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work helps educators close the knowing-doing gap as they transform their schools into professional learning communities (PLCs). This handbook is a guide for action that will: - Help educators develop a common vocabulary and consistent understanding of key PLC concepts. - Present a compelling argument that the implementation of PLC concepts will benefit students and educators alike. - Help educators assess the current reality in their own schools and districts. - Convince educators to take purposeful steps to develop their capacity to function as PLCs. The second edition of Learning by Doing addresses seven critical questions encountered when shifting from a traditional school to a PLC: 1. Why questions. Why should we do this? Can you present a rationale as to why we should engage in this work? Is there evidence that suggests the outcome of this work is desirable, feasible, and more effective than what we have traditionally done? 2. What questions. What are the exact meanings of key terms? What resources, tools, templates, materials, and examples can you provide to assist in our work? 3. How questions. How do we proceed? How do you propose we do this? Is there a preferred process? 4. When questions. When will we find time to do this? When do you expect us to complete the task? What is the timeline? 5. Guiding questions. Which questions are we attempting to answer? Which questions will help us stay focused on the right work? 6. Quality questions. What criteria will be used to judge the quality of our work? What criteria can we use to assess our own work? 7. Assurance questions. What suggestions can you offer to increase the likelihood of our success? What cautions can you alert us to? Where do we turn when we struggle? The second edition of Learning by Doing is specifically designed to provide leaders with the information and resources that they need to answer these questions for each element of the essential work of PLCs.

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Managing School Districts for High Performance

Managing School Districts for High Performance brings together more than twenty case studies and other readings that offer a powerful and transformative approach to advancing and sustaining the work of school improvement.

At the center of this work is the concept of organizational coherence: aligning organizational design, human capital management, resource allocation, and accountability and performance improvement systems to support an overarching strategy. This central idea provides a valuable conceptual framework for current and future school leaders.

The case studies presented in Managing School Districts for High Performance grow out of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), a unique partnership between the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a network of urban school districts. This rich array of cases explores the managerial challenges districts face as they seek to ensure rich learning opportunities and high achievement for all students across a system of schools.

Notice & Note

Strategies for Close Reading By Kylene Beers, Former Senior Reading Researcher to the Comer School Development Program at Yale University and 2008-2009 President of NCTE, Robert E Probst, Georgia State University, Professor Emeritus of English Education

Preventing Misguided Reading

Burkins and Croft help teachers prevent guided reading from going astray by presenting strategies, adaptations, and supports that help them work through common instructional problems.

Scaffolding Young Writers

The goal of teaching writing is to create independent and self-motivated writers. When students write more often, they become better at writing. They acquire habits, skills, and strategies that enable them to learn more about the craft of writing. Yet they require the guidance and support of a more knowledgeable person who understands the writing process, the changes over time in writing development, and specific techniques and procedures for teaching writing.
In Scaffolding Young Writers: A Writers' Workshop Approach, Linda J. Dorn and Carla Soffos present a clear road map for implementing writers' workshop in the primary grades.
Adopting an apprenticeship approach, the authors show how explicit teaching, good models, clear demonstrations, established routines, assisted teaching followed by independent practice, and self-regulated learning are all fundamental in establishing a successful writers' workshop. There is a detailed chapter on organizing for writers' workshop, including materials, components, routines, and procedures. Other chapters provide explicit guidelines for designing productive mini-lessons and student conferences.
Scaffolding Young Writers also features:
• an overview of how children become writers;
• analyses of students' samples according to informal and formal writing assessments;
• writing checklists, benchmark behaviors, and rubrics based on national standards;
• examples of teaching interactions during mini-lessons and writing conferences;
• illustrations of completed forms and checklists with detailed descriptions, and blank reproducible forms in the appendix for classroom use.
Instruction is linked with assessment throughout the book, so that all teaching interactions are grounded in what children already know and what they need to know as they develop into independent writers.

School Districts and Instructional Renewal

This volume shows how school districts can and do make essential contributions to the renewal and enhancement of American education. It expands the conversation on what school districts are, what they do, and how they can enhance the quality of teaching and learning in US schools.

Simplifying Response to Intervention

In Simplifying Response to Intervention, the authors of Pyramid Response to Intervention pick up where they left off--advocating that RTI is not a series of implementation steps to cross off on a list, but a way of thinking about how educators can ensure each child receives the time and support needed to achieve success. They go on to submit that for RTI to be effective, work must be divided between collaborative teacher teams and two schoolwide teams (a school leadership team and an intervention team). Together, the entire school assumes responsibility for the learning of every student. Professional learning communities call this a focus on learning.
Based on the four essential guiding principles--collective responsibility, concentrated instruction, convergent assessment, and certain access--and with their experience working with hundreds of schools in North America, the authors explain why bureaucratic, paperwork-heavy, compliance-oriented, test-score-driven approaches fail--and then show how to create an RTI model that works. They address both academics and behavior in each chapter, and provide considerations for district leadership as well.

Smart by Scattered Teens

If you're the parent of a "smart but scattered" teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens' independence by building their executive skills--the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future--while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.


Strategies for Community Engagement

Reform Support Network: Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround

Strategy in Action

How can we systemically improve the quality of classroom instruction and the learning and achievement of students? In an era when isolated examples of excellence are not good enough, we need systems that support improvement and excellence for all. This book describes how systems can effectively engage in this complex, challenging, and crucial work.

The authors explore three core competencies of high-performing school systems: (1) understanding what the work is—a deep understanding of the core business of facilitating learning, a vision of what that looks like, and an awareness of where the system is in relation to that vision; (2) knowing how to do the work—a theory of action for improving instruction, a focus on key strategies, and effective alignment of resources; and (3) building the individual and organizational “habits of mind” that foster continuous improvement. Each chapter includes examples that illustrate key concepts in action, questions to spur self-assessment in key areas of competence, and tools and resources for building capacity at different levels and stages of development.

The Tough Kid Tool Box

The Tough Kid Tool Box, companion to The Tough Kid Book, supplies ready-to-use, classroom-tested materials to help motivate and manage even the toughest-to-teach students. Together in one convenient place, you will find forms, reproducibles, hints, and explanations to help you implement effective behavior management strategies such as: Mystery Motivators; Home Notes; Self-Monitoring Forms; Behavioral Contracts; Tracking Procedures; Unique Reinforcers; and Classroom Interventions. The Tough Kid Tool Box provides complete step-by-step instructions so you can use the tools immediately, even if you haven't read The Tough Kid Book. Open up the Tool Box and start turning tough kids into great kids today! Includes CD with reproducible tools in English and Spanish. Grades K-12.

Transforming Classroom Grading

The antiquated grading system in use today has little or no research to support its continuation and is highly ineffective. Transforming Classroom Grading presents viable alternatives. It is about designing grading systems that are both precise and efficient. Robert Marzano provides educators with a thorough grounding in grading research and theory. After clarifying the basic purposes of grades, he discusses what should be included in them, how to use a rubric-based approach to assessment and reporting, how to compute final topic scores and final grades, and how technology can streamline the grading process. He also addresses seven types of assessment, which, when coordinated, can provide a comprehensive view of student understanding and skill. Finally, he suggests alternatives to report cards with overall grades and ways to phase in their use.

You're Smarter Than You Think- A kids guide to multiple intelligences

The Tough Kid Tool Box, companion to The Tough Kid Book, supplies ready-to-use, classroom-tested materials to help motivate and manage even the toughest-to-teach students. Together in one convenient place, you will find forms, reproducibles, hints, and explanations to help you implement effective behavior management strategies such as: Mystery Motivators; Home Notes; Self-Monitoring Forms; Behavioral Contracts; Tracking Procedures; Unique Reinforcers; and Classroom Interventions. The Tough Kid Tool Box provides complete step-by-step instructions so you can use the tools immediately, even if you haven't read The Tough Kid Book. Open up the Tool Box and start turning tough kids into great kids today! Includes CD with reproducible tools in English and Spanish. Grades K-12.

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Atlas provides a system for focused conversation. Communication features allow everyone to share and connect the dialogue to specific pieces of curriculum allowing everyone can be in the discussion without leaving their desks. From discussion of critical thinking skills to what’s going on in another building, transparency builds trust and confidence that students will have a smooth journey through their educational experience. Educators are collectively accountable as they engage in curriculum revision and renewal. Atlas puts data front and center to inform decisions allowing everyone to join in the conversation. Atlas brings the curriculum journey of students into sharp focus, allowing integration across grades, between disciplines and with key academic standards. Gaps and redundancies disappear and student engagement is dramatically enhanced. It has often been said that context is worth 80 IQ points. With relevant information just one click away, educators have the big picture right at hand making it possible to join and bring focus to the conversations. Atlas is a knowledge transfer system. With relevant and comprehensive curriculum information at their fingertips, teachers can move from capturing the taught curriculum to engaging with the broader educational community.

Rethinking Grading

Grading systems often reward on-time task completion and penalize disorganization and bad behavior. Despite our best intentions, grades seem to reflect student compliance more than student learning and engagement. In the process, we inadvertently subvert the learning process.
After careful research and years of experiences with grading as a teacher and a parent, Cathy Vatterott examines and debunks traditional practices and policies of grading in K-12 schools. She offers a new paradigm for standards-based grading that focuses on student mastery of content and gives concrete examples from elementary, middle, and high schools. Rethinking Grading will show all educators how standards-based grading can authentically reflect student progress and learning--and significantly improve both teaching and learning.
Cathy Vatterott is an education professor and researcher at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a former middle school teacher and principal, and a parent of a college graduate. She has learned from her workshops that grading continues to be the most contentious part . . . conjuring up the most intense emotions and heated disagreements. Vatterott is also the author of the book Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs.

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