Grading for Equity

First, I hope that you and yours are safe and well.  Given our current situation and the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo to extend the shutdown in NY to May 15, we will not be able to offer our Summer 2020 Conference this year. We have canceled the conference for this year rather than trying to re-schedule it for later in the year and we will look to offer a conference again in 2021. 

- Louis Cino, Dean, Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies

Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Our Classrooms
Thursday, July 9, 2020
; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ● Molloy College, Rockville Centre Campus
(6 CTLEs Offered)

Presenter: Joe Feldman

Conference Description: Grades inform monumental decisions about our students-course placement, interventions, promotion and retention, athletic eligibility, scholarships and financial aid, graduation and college admission-and inform a student's self concept and psychological well-being. Yet grading practices often vary widely from teacher to teacher and can be a source of intense stress for our students and families. Even worse, many common grading practices created during the Industrial Revolution are imbued with institutional and implicit biases that undermine our equity work. Without a shared understanding of the most effective and equitable practices, we can inadvertently perpetuate achievement and opportunity gaps among our students. In this workshop, learn about grading practices that are accurate, bias-resistant, and motivational, and the power of these practices for student learning and more equitable classrooms and schools.

Grading is a very difficult topic for teachers and administrators to discuss because a teacher's approach to grading is often protected under "professional autonomy" and/or "academic freedom" because it is woven into a teacher's identity and their beliefs about children. As such, there is no normalized vocabulary or forum for discussing teachers' grading practices across a school. Plus, grading practices are seldom examined for how they often reinforce achievement disparities despite nearly every teacher's desire to do the opposite in their curriculum and instruction. This presentation provides some language, history, data, and examples so that teachers and schools can begin to engage in more critical reflections about how to align grading practices with their equity priorities.

There is also a one-day conference on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 on, "Amplifying the Opportunities We Offer English Learners to Grow Socially and Intellectually " with  Dr. Aída Walqui as the presenter. Click here for further information. You may also enroll in both conferences on July 8 and 9, 2020 at the discounted rate of $225.

Session Objectives:
In this presentation, participants will:
· Learn the history of traditional grading practices, and how the continued use of those practices conflict with contemporary understanding of motivation and learning, and can often undermine effective and equitable teaching in the classroom.
· Explore a sampling of practices that make grades more accurate and equitable, as well as how these practices have improved teaching and learning across all contexts and grade levels, particularly for historically underserved students
· Envision how they might begin a productive conversation among teachers about more equitable grading and assessment practices

Intended Audience:
K-12 teachers and administrators. 

Speaker Bio: 

Joe Feldman
Joe has worked in education for over 20 years as a teacher, principal, and district administrator, and is the founder and CEO of Crescendo Education Group (crescendoedgroup.org), which since 2013 has supported K-12 schools, districts, and colleges/universities nationwide to improve grading and assessment practices. He has presented at many education conferences, and his writings have been published in Education WeekKappanEducation LeadershipDistrict Administrator, and Black Press USA. His book, Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms (Corwin) was published in 2018. Crescendo Education Group has partnered with the National Education Association as well as the American Federation of Teachers, National Association of Independent Schools, and Stanford University's Challenge Success. His online course for Grading for Equity launched this year. 

Joe earned his B.A. from Stanford University and a Master's degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard School of Education, and is also the author of Teaching Without Bells: What We Can Learn from Powerful Practice in Small Schools (Paradigm, 2010). He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children.

Associated Book:

Included in your tuition is his book : Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms, 1st Edition, by Joe Charles Feldman. The book will be handed-out at check-in.

Location:
The conference will be given in the Hagan Center, Room 339 (third floor) on the Rockville Centre campus of Molloy College located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3553.

CTLE Credit
This conference is approved for 6 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE).

ESL or bilingual teachers must complete a minimum of 50% of the required CTLE hours in language acquisition,   including a focus on best practices for co-teaching strategies. All other certificate holders must complete a minimum of 15% of the hours dedicated to language acquisition addressing the needs of ELL learners, including a focus on best practices for co-teaching strategies. This conference will satisfy 3.5 hours in those areas.  Click here for further information on CTLE requirements.

Conference Tuition Rates:
Early Registration, until April 24: $125; Both: $225
Regular Registration, April 25 until June 19: $150; Both: $275
Late Registration, after June 19: $175; Both: $300
Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $50; $90 both
Non-Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $75 one, $125 both
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

There is also a one-day conference on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 on, "Amplifying the Opportunities We Offer English Learners to Grow Socially and Intellectually " with  Dr. Aída Walqui as the presenter. Click here for further information. You may also enroll in both conferences on July 8 and 9, 2020 at the discounted rate of $225.

Conference Registration:
Click here to register online for the one-day conference (July 9).  Click here to register online for both days (July 8 & 9, 2020).
Click here to register in person, by phone, fax or mail.

Please note that completing the information for this conference through a program such as My Learning Plan Inc. is mainly for you to receive permission to take this conference from your district. Once you receive permission to take the conference from your district you will still need to register for the conference. There is no connection between My Learning Plan Inc. and your official registration for this conference.

Please also note: if your district will be paying for you to attend the conference, we know that it can take some time before your district might issue a check. Therefore, it would be advisable for you to send in your registration first, even though the check from the district might not have been processed yet, to avoid being closed-out of the conference or to take advantage of the early registration discount. If multiple registrations from the same district will be paid through a purchase order, all the registrations should be sent at the same time.

Confirmation of your registration and travel directions will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us one week prior to the start of the conference. However, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge. 

Conference Details 
The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on this conference webpage. We will also email out the conference information if you are on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online  or contact Ramona Ali, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: rali@molloy.edu or by phone: 516.323.3553.