What is the Grading Conference?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. Now in its third year, the purpose of the conference is to support all instructors as they strive to challenge traditional, historically inequitable 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.
*Why did the registration fee jump to $50?
As many of you know, we launched The Grading Conference in 2020 as a free virtual conference right at the beginning of the pandemic. Then, in 2021 we charged a nominal fee of $10 to cover some of the technical costs of the conference (yes Zoom – we’re looking at you!). Over these past couple of years, we have been tracking the actual costs of the conference as well as developing our principles, one of which is committing to paying our speakers for their expertise and another is being able cover the direct costs associated with the conference so that our non-profit host, College Bridge, doesn’t have to continue footing the bill. It turns out that accounting, insurance, etc. is EXPENSIVE! Based on our analysis, we found out that it costs us about $25,000 to run this conference. So, if you can afford it and/or have professional development funds, we would appreciate your help in covering these costs. HOWEVER! We are committed to making sure this does NOT become a barrier to you attending the conference.
So, if you are a student or cannot afford the $50 charge, use our alternate registration by selecting the button below.
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