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Books Recommended Specifically for UDL Work

Grading Smarter Not Harder - Both Campuses

Dueck offers a variety of practical strategies for
* Ensuring that grades measure what students know without punishing them for factors outside their control.
* Critically examining the fairness and effectiveness of grading homework assignments.
* Designing and distributing unit plans that make assessment criteria crystal-clear to students.
* Creating a flexible and modular retesting system so that students can improve their scores on individual sections of important tests.

Grading Smarter, Not Harder is brimming with reproducible forms, templates, and real-life examples of grading solutions developed to allow students every opportunity to demonstrate their learning. Written with abundant humor and heart, this book is a must-read for all teachers who want their grades to contribute to, rather than hinder, their students' success.

Grading for Equity - Both Campuses

Here at last―and none too soon―is a resource that delivers the research base, tools, and courage to tackle one of the most challenging and emotionally charged conversations in today’s schools: our inconsistent grading practices and the ways they can inadvertently perpetuate the achievement and opportunity gaps among our students.

With Grading for Equity, Joe Feldman cuts to the core of the conversation, revealing how grading practices that are accurate, bias-resistant, and motivational will improve learning, minimize grade inflation, reduce failure rates, and become a lever for creating stronger teacher-student relationships and more caring classrooms. Essential reading for schoolwide and individual book study or for student advocates, Grading for Equity provides

  • A critical historical backdrop, describing how our inherited system of grading was originally set up as a sorting mechanism to provide or deny opportunity, control students, and endorse a "fixed mindset" about students’ academic potential―practices that are still in place a century later
  • A summary of the research on motivation and equitable teaching and learning, establishing a rock-solid foundation and a "true north" orientation toward equitable grading practices
  • Specific grading practices that are more equitable, along with teacher examples, strategies to solve common hiccups and concerns, and evidence of effectiveness
  • Reflection tools for facilitating individual or group engagement and understanding

Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom - Both Campuses

Carol Ann Tomlinson and Tonya R. Moon take an in-depth look at assessment and show how differentiation can improve the process in all grade levels and subject areas. After discussing differentiation in general, the authors focus on how differentiation applies to various forms of assessment--pre-assessment, formative assessment, and summative assessment--and to grading and report cards. Readers learn how differentiation can
--Capture student interest and increase motivation
--Clarify teachers' understanding about what is most important to teach
--Enhance students' and teachers' belief in student learning capacity; and
--Help teachers understand their students' individual similarities and differences so they can reach more students, more effectively

How To Grade for Learning - Both Campuses

Classroom assessment methods should help students develop to their full potential, but meshing traditional grading practices with students’ achievement on standards has been difficult. Making lasting changes to grading practices requires both knowledge and willpower. Discover eight guidelines for good grading, recommendations for practical applications, and suggestions for implementing new grading practices as well as:

  • The why’s and the how-to’s of implementing standards-based grading practices
  • Tips from 48 nationally and internationally known authors and consultants
  • Additional information on utilizing level scores rather than percentages
  • Reflective exercises
  • Techniques for managing grading more efficiently

Books In our Professional Collection that Might Be Good Resources for UDL Work

Teaching Outside the Lines: Developing Creativity in Every Learner - HEMS Library

This book delivers strategies for equipping learners across all grades and subjects with the motivation and critical thinking skills to thrive in a high-tech society.

What Great Teachers Do Differently - HEMS Library

Describes fourteen practices the author has identified as characteristic of great teachers, and discusses the benefits of learning from the most effective educators.

Think Big With Think Alouds - Grades K-5 - HEMS Library

A guide on how to be a strategic reader, focusing on five strategies: asking questions, making inferences, synthesizing, understanding the author's purpose, and monitoring and clarifying.

The Writing Strategies Book - HEMS Library

Provides three hundred strategies for improving the writing skills of students and includes suggestions for stocking a writing center planning units, celebrating writing, and keeping records.

Meet Me In the Middle: Becoming An Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher - HEMS Library

Offers advice on how to meet the challenges of teaching middle-level students, describing strategies for creating a culture of learning, fostering student achievement through innovative and accomplished practice, and extending professional practices.

The Big Book of Literacy Tasks - Grades K-8 - HEMS Library

Offers an instructional plan designed to yield independent effort and engagement.

I Read It, But I Don't Get It - HEMS Library

The author, a reading specialist, shares some of the problems she has faced in her own classroom; explains how she addressed the dilemma, focusing on what good readers do to make sense of text; and offers suggestions teachers can use to make content more accessible.

Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills In the Age of Fake News - HHS Library

Provides educators with tools and resources to help students discern fact from fiction in the information they access not only at school, but on the devices they carry in their pockets and backpacks.

Teach With Your Strengths: How Great Teachers Inspire Their Students - HHS Library

Great teachers reveal their unorthodox and often controversial approaches for inspiring their students and explain how they can be adapted to any classroom environment.

Integrating Differentiated Instruction & Understanding By Design - HHS Library

Explains how the curriculum planning model Understanding by Design (UbD) and the teaching model Differentiated Instruction (DI) fit together and can be integrated for student success, discussing such topics as responsive teaching with UbD and assessment in academically diverse classrooms.

Fair Isn't Always Equal; Assessing & Grading In the Differentiated Classroom - HHS Library

Presents a rationale for differentiated assessment and grading, discusses mastery, and provides guidance, ideas, and examples from middle and high school classrooms, as well as a guide for teacher leaders on supporting colleagues beginning differentiated assessment and grading.

A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works - HHS Library

Describes a variety of instructional strategies for use in kindergarten through twelfth-grade classrooms, appropriate for teaching any subject; grouped in nine categories, with exercises, assessment rubrics, worksheets, masters, and other materials.

Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12 - HHS Library

Describes strategies designed to help teachers create lessons that can be accommodated to the learning styles and needs of varied student populations in grades six through twelve, and includes samples of differentiated learning experiences from multiple subjects.

Content Area Writing: Every Teacher's Guide - HHS Library

Offers teachers practical advice on how they can incorporate carefully structured writing activities into classroom lessons in order to increase student understanding and achievement.

The HyperDoc Handbook - HHS Library

The authors "show you how to use some of today's best tools to spark students' curiosity and get them involved as creators - of content and learning - rather than simply consumers. If you have fully embraced the Digital Age, you'll glean exciting ideas for using HyperDocs - interactive digital lessons - to push to new levels of learning in your classroom. And if you don't consider yourself to be 'tech-savvy,' this guidebook and its templates will make creating and using HyperDocs easy. Here's what you'll find inside The HyperDoc Handbook: ideas and step-by-step instructions for how to create digital lessons, tips on apps that make your HyperDoc lessons rich and relevant, links and QR codes to lesson plans and templates that you can adapt for your students, a self-assessment rubric to evaluate your HyperDocs, [and] the confidence to create your first HyperDoc.