The Continuing Educator
Why do we grade? with Thomas Guskey and Chase Nordengren
April 23, 2021
Let’s begin our journey towards better grading practices! Grades have remained a fundamental component of our education system for over a century. Yet despite shifts across so many other areas of educational practice, grading practices have seen little, if any, change to match the demands of modern pedagogy. The pandemic revealed stark flaws in traditional grading protocols and simultaneously presented a profound opportunity for actual change. What should educators, families, and society in general consider around why change is needed and where to begin?
In an exclusive webinar designed for administrators, NWEA literacy experts Dr. Cindy Jiban and John Luke Bell, led an engaging, research-based exploration of the science of reading. They also walked through strategies to build buy-in, level up and expand a team’s instructional practices, and sustain the change.
The “science of reading” has become one of those ubiquitous buzzword phrases in education. Educators may find themselves wondering, “What are the implications of the science of reading for me, my students, and my whole approach to literacy instruction?” Answer those questions and more with this detailed guide.
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Implementing the science of reading is an ongoing process to shift instructional strategies to evidence-based practices. Two literacy experts from NWEA® share six ways literacy educators can continue to build on their progress and take the science of reading to the next level.
In this episode of The Continuing Educator, we talk to a working educator about the importance of family literacy and strategies for increasing it. Our guest Martin Silverman is the principal at Salinas Elementary School in Universal City, TX, and has worked as a teacher in both urban and rural schools. From his own experiences growing up, he saw the importance of literacy as a focus in families and has sought to revitalize that practice in the families of his students.
Literacy subject-matter experts share their best time-saving instructional and operational strategies to support young readers. Learn how incorporating them into your routine can preserve valuable instructional time.
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Educators at Lewis F. Mayer middle school discuss the significant increase they’ve in math summative test scores since adding MAP Accelerator to their instructional strategies to address unfinished learning.
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In the wake of instructional challenges faced over the past two school years, NWEA, the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and the Center for Education Policy and Research (CEPR) at Harvard University have partnered with a coalition of large school districts across the country to help determine which COVID recovery interventions are working and to what extent.