December 21, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Make the most of Literacy Essentials
2.  The best of the Stenhouse Blog, 2017
3.  PD Corner: Equity in grading

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1) Make the most of Literacy Essentials
Literacy Essentials, by Regie Routman Make the most of reading Regie Routman's new book, Literacy Essentials, with your colleagues by using its free, downloadable study guide to inspire your discussions. Organized around the three sections of the book (engagement, excellence, and equity), the guide will help you deepen your understanding and application of the book's ideas. Talking with colleagues about ideas and issues connected with teaching, leading, assessing, and learning has the potential to stretch your thinking, raise new questions, and, perhaps, help the group come to some consensus on important issues.

Download the study guide and preorder the book now; copies will start shipping January 2:

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2) The best of the Stenhouse Blog, 2017
The Stenhouse Blog As 2017 comes to a close, revisit some of our most popular posts on The Stenhouse Blog:

Empower Your Teaching by Being a Teacher-Writer, by Stacey Shubitz

Sticky Note Strategies for Transitional Readers, by Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak

Which Comes First in Math Class—Norms or Tasks?, by Tracy Zager

Writing That Matters, by Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg

The Power of Using Student Writing as Mentor Texts, by Janiel Wagstaff

And Resources for Teaching Empathy and Tolerance


3) PD Corner: Equity in grading
While I don't agree with those who say, "If I don't grade it, they won't do it," I believe that they believe it, which is why finding an acceptable alternative is essential.
—Tom Schimmer

If you think about the grading story across your community, district, or family, you already know that assessment practices in middle and high schools are far from standardized. Lead or influence assessment conversations using Tom Schimmer's acceptable alternatives when talking to teachers hesitant to shift away from harmful grading practices:

Grading homework, using zeros, grading behavior, and allowing extra credit are just some of the practices known to misrepresent what students know if factored into a grade. Is your team on the same page? Review "Best Practices for Equity in Grading" from Hanover Research:

In a follow-up post to When Grading Harms Students, Andrew Miller details five strategies teachers can use to shift their grading practices in "Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices":

Explore these grading and assessment resources curated by Rick Wormeli:

Fair Isn't Always Equal, Second Edition, by Rick Wormeli And stay tuned for the long-awaited second edition of Rick's book Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, available in February. You can preorder it now:


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