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What is the Grading Conference?

The Grading Conference (formerly the “Mastery Grading Conference”) is a place where faculty join together to learn about grading practices that best support student learning, promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom, and enhance student and faculty classroom experiences. Now in its third year, the purpose of the conference is to support instructors as they strive to challenge traditional grading practices that have been shown to be damaging to students and their learning.

What is the goal for these conferences?

The Grading Conferences will bring together new and experienced practitioners of a variety of grading techniques (standards-based, specifications-based, etc.) to create a community of practice. We will create a space for participants to make connections with each other, to build a strong and supportive grading community that extends beyond the workshop. Participants will learn the “nuts and bolts” of various types of alternatives to traditional grading, exchange ideas with others, and begin planning their own alternatively-graded classes.

New practitioners will learn the basics of different types of alternative grading, begin redesigning their own classes in a supportive atmosphere, and make contacts that will support their continued work. Experienced practitioners will discover new approaches to alternative grading, make new connections, and share their ideas and experience with the community.

The Grading Conference (formerly the Mastery Grading Conference) is a place where faculty can join together to learn about the grading practices that best support student learning, promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom, and enhance student and faculty classroom experiences.

This conference brings together new and experienced learning-based grading practitioners to create a community of practice. Participants will learn the “nuts and bolts”, address continuity of instruction, and promote learning recovery through high-quality assessments that support instructional decision-making

Higher Ed Conference Organizers:

  • Robert Bosley, California State University Los Angeles
  • David Clark, Grand Valley State University
  • Sharona Krinsky, California State University Los Angeles
  • Drew Lewis, University of South Alabama
  • Katie Mattaini, Roger Williams University
  • Kate Owens, College of Charleston
  • Gloria Ramos, Citrus College
  • Courtney J. Sobers, Rutgers-Newark University 
  • Robert Talbert, Grand Valley State University

K-12 Conference Organizers:

  • Robert Bosley, California State University Los Angeles
  • Sharona Krinsky, California State University Los Angeles
  • Owynn Lancaster, College Bridge
  • Matt Townsley, University of Northern Iowa
  • Ann M. Ransom, Rio School District