-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.
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September 4, 2014 blast e-mail
NELMS is looking for a new Executive Director
Rick Wormeli is returning to NELMS!
Standards-based Assessment and Grading:
Ethics, Pedagogy, and Practicalities
September 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
With the rise of the Common Core State Standards and the public's call for grading integrity, standards-based assessment and grading have new urgency: grades better mean what they say. No longer a "gotcha" enterprise, our grades must help us document progress, provide clear and timely feedback, and inform our next steps in instruction. Absent evidence-based assessment and reporting, however, grades are wildly subjective, relative, and inferential at best. Many principals and teachers inadvertently hide behind the factory model of schooling, yet they have increasingly diverse classes and their required differentiated instruction. This can make assessment and grading overwhelming.
Join us for a candid and useful two-day seminar assessment and grading in the 21st century. We'll look at the burning issues of standards-based assessment and grading, including: what grades really mean, how to report late work and homework, averaging or not, zeroes on the 100-point scale, descriptive feedback, re-do's/re-takes for full, partial, or no credit, separating effort marks from academic marks, setting up the gradebook, 100-pt vs 4.0 scale, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, pre/formative/common/summative assessments, grading inclusion students in the regular classroom, and how to develop the skills needed to determine evidence of mastery. Very preparatory for the grade levels that lay ahead for middle level students, the principles and procedures presented build student resilience and support Dweck's Growth Mindset. While offering practical tips, this workshop reveals participants' core beliefs about teaching and learning and has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice. Don't miss it!
Magic in the Middle Continues in NH
Celebrate the Magic of Young Adolescents!
October 14, 2014
NELMS Branded Clothing
For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.
Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?
If so please click here for more information and/or to apply.
Scholarship opportunity from Walden University
Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
10% discount for NELMS members!
Limited time only: Scholarships are available for NEW students who enroll and start classes between July 14 and Dec 31, 2014*!
• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive information about a program and learn more about the available scholarships, CLICK HERE to request information or contact your Walden representative Kim LaMontagne, at Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-479-2415
Standards-based Assessment and Grading
Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Northampton, MA
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