Wabash Valley Education Center

*Grading Like a Champion: Developing an Academics Focused Gradebook that 'Speaks' to Students and Families (Grades 6-12)

What does a “good” gradebook look like? A teacher’s gradebook can be an incredibly powerful tool to communicate academic achievement to both students and student families. Participants in this workshop will differentiate between the teacher roles of grading and assessing and then identify grading practices that distort academic achievement in a traditional gradebook. Dr. McCurdy will lead participants through a practical gradebook “audit” activity that asks teachers to reflect on the “hidden messages” that their gradebook sends to students. Combining research on best practices in grading and assessment as well as practical strategies to leverage the power of a gradebook in communicating student successes and areas for improvement, this workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers and administrators responsible for grading and assessment at the building or district level.


**Participants will need to bring a printed copy of one of their course section's grades from a previous semester!


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Heather McCurdy is the Director of Curriculum at Reavis High School in suburban Cook County, Illinois. Her primary responsibilities include curriculum development, district and state assessment coordination/analysis, teacher mentoring, faculty evaluation, coordinating faculty professional development, and Illinois state student information system data and state reporting. With an undergraduate degree in History and Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame, an MAT in Social Studies Education from Indiana University, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Leadership from Northern Illinois University, Heather has passionately pursued the art and science of teaching and learning with a special interest in civic and citizenship education for the past 25 years. Heather is also a 1996 James Madison Foundation Scholar for the study of the United States Constitution and earned National Board Certified Teacher status in 2011.


Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch on your own)

Location: Wabash Valley Education Center



$95.00/Service Center Member or

$190/District not belonging to a Service Center*


*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee of twice the amount of the workshop cost.

**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 11/11/2019 9:00 AM EST

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West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906