Upcoming Conferences & Workshops


Grading From the Inside Out: Featuring Tom Schimmer

April 30th, 2024, 8:30am - 3:00pm
Medinah Shrine Center




Midwest Principals’ Center & Illinois ASCD
invite you to join us for
Grading from the Inside Out

 with Tom Schimmer
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
8:30am – 3:00 pm
Medinah Shrine Center
Addison, IL

Administrators’ Academy credit approved (IAA #3807)

Includes: Continental Breakfast,

Lunch, Parking & Tom's Book and PD Credit


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Uncover how the development of a standards-based mindset is the oft-overlooked, but essential, first step for long-term grading reform. Tom will outline how to take a standards-based approach to grading, even when a traditional grading and reporting paradigm exists. Capture the non-negotiable grading true north of accuracy and confidence, as well as the three essential practices that serve as the cornerstone for developing a standards-based mindset. 


Success Criteria/ Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to audit any grading practice through the lens of accuracy and confidence. 
  • Explore the faulty logic behind many of our traditional grading practices. 
  • Examine the hazards of punitive grading. 
  • Identify the replacement routines and practices that establish a standards-based mindset and approach to grading, independent of any changes to school or district policy. 


Whether your purpose is to employ sound grading practices in your own classroom, modernize grading practices across a grade level/department, move to a standards-based grading model at your school/district, or improve upon your current standards-based grading practices, this workshop is for you! 


Tom will take theoretical to practical, offering examples with context to the classroom and whole school application. Build your own personalized action plans for implementing standards-based grading that is accurate, bias-resistant, and improves student learning. 


Meet Tom Schimmer!





Tom Schimmer is an independent education author and speaker from Vancouver, BC. Over the course of his career, Tom has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district-level leader. Tom is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the areas of assessment, grading, MTSS, and educational leadership. He has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions at several national and international conferences. As well, Tom has worked directly with schools and school districts throughout Canada, the United States, and 21 other countries around the world. He is the author and/or co-author of 9 books, including best-seller, Grading from the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment through a Standards-based Mindset, and his latest release, Redefining Student Accountability: A Proactive Approach to Teaching Behavior Outside the Gradebook. Tom is also the host of The Tom Schimmer Podcast.



Conference Fees                                                                                                       

IL ASCD Member $249.00                                                                                                                

Non-Member $298.00, 2 people $278.00, 3 people $268.00

*Call for Info on a larger team (5+ people) discounts (618-203-3993)














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  • Online: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at http://www.illinoisascd.org

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  • Mail: Send completed form with check or copy of PO to IL ASCD Schimmer — Illinois State University,  Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

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