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With the goals of analyzing current grading practices and taking action to make them more equitable, OEA and ODE are facilitating a study for educators of Joe Feldman’s popular book, Grading for Equity: What it is, Why it matters, and How it can transform schools and classrooms. In Oregon and across the U.S., many educators and school systems are critically analyzing their grading practices to make them more effective, student-centered, and equitable. Numerous creative and well-intentioned responses to educational inequities have arisen from the current global pandemic. Yet inequitable grading practices have undermined even the most impactful work for student-centered equity. Implementing equitable grading practices holds tremendous potential to transform both academic and social-emotional learning and teaching. This book study will be facilitated by Oregon Department of Education staff.

OEA will provide copies of the book to participants. Participants receiving a book from OEA must commit to attending at least 5 of the synchronous sessions.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members: $75. Books will be provided to active participants of the book study.

Dates and Times: February 1-March 8. Live sessions Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

About your lead facilitator:
Andy Byerley has been a proud educator in Oregon for over 15 years in the Newberg, Forest Grove, and Hillsboro School Districts. He has served as a middle and high school math and science teacher, a Teacher on Special Assignment, an instructional coach, and an administrator. His love for teaching came out of his first career as an engineer. Andy’s educational passions include building strong relationships with students and educators, bringing educators together in community to share practice and learn together, and honing the practices of formative assessment among educators and students. Andy enjoys being a dad to Eliana and Lydia, playing Ultimate Frisbee, folding origami, and singing.