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Standards-Based Grading for All

Learn how to implement more equitable grading practices in your learning environment

Standards-Based Grading for All invites teachers and administrators from any/all levels to spend some time reflecting upon their current assessment practices, the way they give feedback, and how grades are assigned. The goal of this course is to provide both the research behind the “why” for Standards-Based Grading (SBG) as well as practical examples of SBG in practice.  

Whether your entire school/district is considering a switch to SBG or you are an individual educator seeking to make this change, this course will provide you with the tools to do so.  Each module will be universally designed to include a variety of materials to increase participants' understanding of SBG and the different ways it can be implemented to help ensure inclusive classrooms in which students take ownership of their learning and feedback drives the process.  

At a Glance

TYPE

SELF-DIRECTED

DELIVERY

ASYNCHRONOUS

TIMELINE

1-YEAR OF ACCESS

HOURS

10 CONTINUING ED HRS (PLUS OPTION OF 5 ADDITIONAL HOURS WITH FINAL PROJECT/GRAD CREDIT)

CREDITS

OPTION FOR 1 GRAD CREDIT ($75)

COST

$50 (GROUP PRICING AVAILABLE)

INSTRUCTOR

CHRIS BRONKE

Course Objectives

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Participants will understand what standards-based grading is and why it is a pathway to more equitable and inclusive classrooms and schools.

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Participants will learn what standards-based grading can look like both when the whole school is transitioning to it and when an individual teacher is looking to use SBG in a “traditional” grading system.

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Participants will create their own rationales for and pathways to SBG to be used with their current stakeholders and develop the belief that they can be successful in implementing SBG.

 
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About Your Instructor

An energetic teacher, presenter, and leader, Christopher Bronke brings a wealth of research, classroom, and leadership experience to professional learning while empowering participants to reflect deeply upon their own practice to facilitate growth and collaboration. As a practicing English teacher and department chair at Downers Grove North in Illinois, Bronke is incredibly passionate about supporting others in their learning. After 17 years in education, Bronke has held numerous teacher leadership positions at the national level including a seat on the Teacher Advisory Council for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and currently serves as the Chair for the Conference on English Leadership which also has him serving on the Executive Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English. Bronke holds master’s degrees in Teaching and Learning, Educational Leadership, an EdS in Educational Leadership,  and is working on his EdD from Northern Illinois University in the field of educational leadership and a dissertation focused on standards-based learning/assessing.

 

What to Expect

How the Course Works

  • Each module begins with a short video to orient you to the topic and lesson. 
  • As you navigate through the course, each module features key lessons accompanied by opportunities to dive deeper into the content by reviewing readings and resources. 
  • Following each lesson, you'll have the option to post to the discussion board and/or to self-reflect on your learning from the module. 
  • Receive your completion certificate for 10 continuing education hours.
  • A final project, optional for all, a requirement for graduate credit. Upon successful completion, receive an additional completion certificate for 5 continuing education hours plus 1 graduate credit from the university of your choice (Teachers College of San Joaquin or Gordon College).
  • Runs on the Thinkific platform. 

Prerequisites

We recommend a 101 understanding of UDL or taking UDL Now! Diving Into Universal Design for Learning.

There are no required texts for this course.  All materials are linked freely within the modules. 

 

Pricing Options

Our standard and group pricing covers your course registration with Novak Educational Consulting, Inc. only. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits and/or clock hours (for Washington State teachers) at the time of registration. For questions regarding pricing or to request a purchase order, contact us.

Course Certificates & Transcripts

You will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits (CTLE Hours and Washington State Clock Hours are available). Graduate credits (1 continuing education credit) may be obtained through our university partners. Please check with your school or district to ensure these will satisfy their requirements prior to enrolling. Learn more about our graduate partners: Gordon College and Teachers College of San Joaquin.