Courses and Workshops

Overview

  • The Mastery Learning and Grading Reform Program will include time working with Thomas Guskey, Ph.D. exploring the theory and practice of mastery learning and methods for reframing grading policies and practices. Participants will also have the opportunity to extend the learning and work alongside other school teams and in consultation with CCIU staff on self-selected initiatives to deepen their learning while formulating implementation plans.

    Mastery Learning and Grading Reform Institute

    Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 8:30 to 3:00
    Differentiating Instruction Through Mastery Learning, facilitated by Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D.

    Thursday, July 28, 2022, 8:30 to 3:00
    Making Grades Fair, Accurate, Meaningful, and Equitable, facilitated by Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D.

    Mastery Learning and Grading Reform Community of Practice

    Tuesdays, Nov 15, 2022, Feb 7, 2023, and April 11, 2023, 8:00 to 11:00
    Community of Practice, facilitated by Dara Kline and Beth McKee. Schools will work alongside other school teams on self-selected priorities for redesigning mastery learning and grading practices.

    Included

    Enrolled participants will receive a copy of Get Set, Go: Creating Successful Grading and Reporting Systems, by Thomas R. Guskey, 2020

Sessions

  • Differentiating Instruction Through Mastery Learning

    Facilitated by Thomas Guskey, Ph.D.
    Learning. Grading. Leadership.

    Struggling with how to better personalize and differentiate instruction for diverse students? Wondering how to individualize instruction within the demanding constraints of modern classrooms? This presentation describes how mastery learning instructional strategies offer a practical solution that adapts easily to different personal teaching styles, specific classroom situations, and the needs of individual students. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of mastery learning and explore ways to effectively implement these strategies to help more students learn excellently.

    Making Grades Fair, Accurate, Meaningful, and Equitable

    Facilitated by Thomas Guskey, Ph.D.
    Learning. Grading. Leadership.

    Most schools today are reforming their grading policies and practices. Unfortunately, many find they are met with unanticipated problems and staunch resistance that result in failure of their efforts. This session describes why these schools failed and what can be done to guarantee greater likelihood for success. Procedures for implementing new reporting structures are highlighted, including standards-based and competency-based grading, together with policies and practices that should be avoided due to their negative consequences for students, teachers, parents, and schools.

    Community of Practice

    Facilitated by Dara Kline & Beth McKee
    CCIU Educational Consultants

    Following the sessions with Dr. Guskey, teams will participate in three community of practice sessions.  These sessions will allow schools to work alongside other school teams and in consultation with CCIU staff on self-selected initiatives with an emphasis on mastery learning and grading reform.

     

Speakers

  • Tom Guskey

    Thomas R. Guskey is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky, and is well known for his work in professional learning and educational change. In 2009 he was awarded Learning Forward’s Contributions to the Field Award - the organization’s highest honor. He is the only person to have twice won the Learning Forward Book of the Year Award and three times the Article of the Year Award. Dr. Guskey served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Professional Learning, and has been named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association. He is the author/editor of 20 books and over 250 articles and papers, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.” In his work with educators around the world, he helps bring clarity and resolution to some of education’s most challenging problems.

    Dara Kline

    Dara Kline is an Educational Consultant for the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). She holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Millersville University and teaching certificates in Special Education, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development and a K-12 Principals Certificate.  She has been with the CCIU for 13 years, specializing in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Data-Based Decision Making, School Improvement Planning, Assessment Literacy, Instructional Strategies, and Inclusive Practices. Prior to joining the CCIU, Dara spent 11 years as a classroom teacher and intervention specialist. 

    Beth McKee

    Beth McKee is the Instructional Initiatives Coordinator at the Chester County Intermediate Unit. In her current position at the CCIU, Beth serves as the CCIU lead for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Statewide System of Support initiative, including the regional and CCIU lead for the System Conditions, as well as the CCIU lead for Scaffolded Supports and Social-Emotional Wellness. She is a school improvement facilitator for Chester County schools, providing guidance and building capacity for school teams throughout the cycle of improvement. Beth also serves as the lead for the Chester County English Leaners Consortium and co-facilitates the Chester County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion networking group. Prior to her current role, Beth worked as a classroom teacher and reading specialist. She has spent a large portion of her career as an instructional coach providing professional learning opportunities and instructional modeling for educators across all levels and content areas.

Details

  • Save the Dates

    Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    Thursday, July 28, 2022
    Tuesdays, Nov 15, 2022, Feb 7, 2023, and April 11, 2023

    Participation Options

    • Act 45 (pending approval) The full experience includes the sessions with Dr. Guskey,  the community of practice and job-embedded work in the form of reflections and documentation of implementation.
    • Act 48 Al a Carte allows participants flexibility to attend the sessions of their choosing. You'll earn credit for the sessions that you attend by signing in.

    Fees

    Subscribers: $800/person
    Non-subscribers: $900/person

    Group Pricing Discount

    All LEAs that enroll a team of 5 or more receive a $50 per person discounted fee.

    Included

    Enrolled participants will receive a copy of Get Set, Go: Creating Successful Grading and Reporting Systems, by Thomas R. Guskey, 2020

  • Research based practices
  • Guided implementation design
  • Bring a team
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  • Location: CCIU Educational Service Center, 455 Boot Road