2024 NAIS Equity Design Lab: Grading for Equity
July 10–12, 2024
NAIS Headquarters, Washington, DC
The NAIS Equity Design Lab (EDL) is a leadership and professional development experience that encourages participants to use and share design principles, action research, collaborative skill-building, and best and emerging practices. The goal is to develop innovative solutions and models that independent schools can use to address challenges and opportunities related to equity and social justice inside and out of the classroom.
Exemplary teaching—the artful blend of content knowledge, zest for learning, and abiding concern for each student and their unique needs and aspirations—is a hallmark of independent education. But what about grading?
To lead the 2024 EDL, NAIS is pleased to join forces again with Joe Feldman, noted educator and author of Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms. This three-day institute will explore how our continued use of traditional grading practices often unwittingly reinforces century-old beliefs about students' academic and intellectual capacities, perpetuates opportunity gaps, creates more stressful classrooms, and unintentionally rewards students with more resources while penalizing those with fewer material and financial supports.
This highly interactive institute will synthesize education research and practical classroom-based experience to address these questions:
Equity Design Lab designers recommend that participants register in school teams composed of both teachers and administrators to ensure more diverse perspectives and to promote more productive planning and cross-role coordination. While many teachers have autonomy over their grading practices, the grades those teachers assign—and students’ and families’ experience with receiving those grades—do not exist in a vacuum; administrators need a clear understanding of equitable grading to support faculty, communicate effectively to caregivers, and to lead schoolwide change.
In addition, each head of school and division director will be invited to participate in a pre-institute Zoom call to gain an overview of the institute content, specific outcomes to expect, and specific ways to leverage their investment during the 2024-2025 school year.
Within this context, EDL is a robust professional development experience for:
Registration for 2024 NAIS Equity Design Lab: Grading for Equity is now open.
|Early Bird Pricing
(On or After 3/28)
NAIS has reserved a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $189/night (plus tax). Within the next few weeks, we will email registrants with a link for booking. Please wait until you receive that link to book your room so that you can access our discounted rate. As a reminder, the program will take place at the NAIS Headquarters and is within a short walking distance from the hotel, Yours Truly.
Programming will take place from 8:30 AM ET–3:00 PM ET each day. Schedule is subject to change.
Cancellations must be received in writing at this email address: [email protected]. Cancellations received up to 30 days (June 10) before the program's start date will be fully refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the program will not be refunded.
Please contact [email protected] or 202-973-9700 with any questions.