Grades can provide important information for students, parents, teachers, and others but to be useful grades must be meaningful, accurate, consistent, and supportive of learning. Sometimes grades are "broken" and do not meet these standards. The session will begin with introductory ideas and activities to activate thinking about grading, including the Seven P’s of grading (Procedures, Policy, Practices, Purpose, Principles, Practicality and Principals/School leaders). The main section of the workshop will be the presentation and discussion of eight guidelines for grading, guidelines that will make grades accurate, meaningful, consistent and supportive of learning. Each guideline will be introduced and then there will be opportunity for questions and discussion about the guideline and how it works in Power Teacher, Power Teacher Pro and or Maplewood.
Ken O'Connor has been an independent consultant on assessment and evaluation from 1996 to present. He has been a staff development presenter and facilitator on assessment, grading and reporting in 33 states and 7 provinces and 5 countries outside North America. He was a keynote presenter at the EARCOS Teachers Conference in Bangkok in March 2003 and an institute presenter at AISA conferences in Cameroon, Tanzania and Zimbabwe in October 2005. His teaching career included experience as a geography teacher and department head at L'Amoreaux C.I. and Maplewood High School in Scarborough, Ontario, 1976-90, and teaching at four schools in Toronto and Melbourne, Australia (Grade 7 - 12) starting in 1967. Ken was a Curriculum Coordinator responsible for Student Assessment and Evaluation for the Scarborough Board of Education and then the Toronto District School Board from March 1990 to June 1999. He has also worked as a consultant on Secondary Assessment at the Ontario Ministry of Education.
His major extra-curricular interest is field hockey, as a player, umpire and coach. As a coach, three of his players went on to represent Canada in the Olympics. He also umpired at the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1990 World Cup.
Please bring along a personal device & Power School Pro Log-in or Maplewood Log-In.