A Seat at the Table With Education Week: What Should Effective Grading and Assessment Look Like During—and After—the Coronavirus Pandemic?

What Should Effective Grading and Assessment Look Like During—and After—the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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During this episode of “A Seat at the Table,” former K-5 public school principal turned popular author, presenter, and Education Week opinion blogger, Peter DeWitt will discuss grading and assessment during the current pandemic with Thomas R. Guskey, a senior research scholar at the University of Louisville.

As the number of schools preparing for virtual learning in the fall semester continues to grow, how can they use effective grading policies to capture student learning accurately and—at the same time—avoid giving students a free pass to just not show up?


Wednesday, June 17, 2020
2 to 3 p.m. ET

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Peter DeWitt
Author, Finding Common Ground Opinion Blogger

DeWitt was a K-5 teacher for 11 years and a principal for eight. He is an independent researcher who runs competency-based workshops nationally and internationally with a focus on school leadership, collaborative cultures, instructional leadership, and inclusive school climates. His work has been adopted at the state and university levels, and he works with school districts, school boards, regional networks, and ministries of education across North America, Australia, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom. He is also Visible Learning Trainer who works with John Hattie.

In 2020, DeWitt created the Educational Leadership Collective—a team of women and men from the United States and Canada who focus on all aspects of school leadership, including instructional leadership, instructional coaching, equity, and marginalized populations, as well as how to build collective efficacy.

DeWitt is the author of seven books, including Instructional Leadership: Creating Practice Out of Theory (Corwin, 2020).

Guest Speaker

Thomas R. Guskey
Senior Research Scholar, College of Education and Human Development, University of Louisville, Ky.

Guskey is a senior research scholar in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville and professor emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. He began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in the Chicago Public Schools, and was the first director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national research center. Guskey is the author/editor of 25 award-winning books and more than 250 book chapters, articles, and professional papers on educational measurement, evaluation, assessment, grading, and professional learning.


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