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Beyond Measure: "UnGrading" Your Classroom

Clinic Synopsis:

Our traditional education grading system is outdated, fraught with bias, and reliant on extrinsic motivation. A single letter or number does not convey the complexities that it is meant to summarize. When done correctly, assessment can provide the vital information needed to meet the needs of students. Our traditional use of assessment must shift from comparisons & labels to self-assessment & growth. It is time to change the assessment paradigm, to go beyond measure and to ungrade our classrooms!

Chris Gleason - Biographical Information

Chris Gleason is the Arts and Creativity Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. He is the 2017 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, 2017 and 2022 semi-finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award and the first Wisconsin teacher to be named a National Teacher of the Year finalist in 50 years. He was recently selected as one of five educators for the 2022 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence by the NEA Foundation and a Top 50 Finalist for the 2021 Global Teacher Prize, being selected from 8,000 nominations from 121 countries around the world. As a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Mr. Gleason traveled to South Africa to study the culture and education system. He has presented workshops and sessions at numerous national and international conferences, including the Midwest Clinic. He is a Conn-Selmer and VanderCook Clinician. In 2009 Mr. Gleason created the ComMission Possible Project, which has commissioned new works for bands by renowned composers such as Viet Cuong, Kelijah Dunton, John Mackey, Alex Shapiro, Andrew Boysen Jr, and Michael Markowski. In 2023 the project will expand, inviting schools nationwide to participate in three interactive commissions for band, choir, and orchestra. He is the president and founder of Beyond The Notes Music Festival, Inc., which has to date inspired more than 45,000 young musicians and 85 future music educators. He produces and hosts the podcast Beyond ArtLess and has been featured in the books: Think Like Socrates (Shanna Peeples, 2018) and Rehearsing the Middle School Band (Stephen Meyer, 2018).