Differentiation, Assessment and Grading: Redefining Fair
Presented by Damian Cooper, Education Consultant, Plan-Teach-Assess

Differentiation is a necessary response to the changing demography of schools, to our deepening understanding of how students learn, and to the changing demands of society and the world at large. But the greatest obstacles to differentiation are outdated beliefs about “fairness”.  As long as fairness is equated with sameness, teachers, students and parents will perceive variations in teaching and assessment as being unfair. 

In this webinar, Damian invites educators to rethink how we need to redefine our understanding of “fairness” and “excellence” in 21st. century schools.  He then describes how teachers must assess and grade in ways that demand excellence from all students. And if a commitment to excellence is the mission of today’s schools, teachers must be highly skilled in adapting curriculum, assessment, and instruction on the basis of students’ differing strengths, needs and interests.  Damian will show teachers how to:
  • understand the relationship between assessment for learning and assessment of learning
  • use assessment tools to encourage learning
  • plan assessment tasks to match students’ needs
  • ensure that report cards convey essential information clearly to parents and students
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