Bonus Episode: Hacking Assessment Featuring Starr Sackstein

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Aspire to Lead. Starr Sackstein, Joshua Stamper, Hacking Assessment

In this bonus episode, Starr Sackstein shares her exciting announcement about Hacking Assessment and we discuss how to shift the “Grades Mindset”, change your grading system, and improve the feedback process. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A No-Grade Classroom
  • Rebranding Assignments as learning experiences
  • Project based learning – Teaching the Reflection Process
  • Ditching the Traditional Gradebook
  • And her new edition, Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School

About Starr Sackstein:

Starr Sackstein is a recovering perfectionist who is an assessment reforming enthusiast. Currently, she works with teacher teams to engage students in the learning process, advocate for personal growth, and effectively use student data to drive instruction with the Core Collaborative. She also works as publisher for Mimi & Todd Press.  In her past lives, she was a high school English and journalism teacher, a lead Humanities learner, and social media manager. 

Additionally, Starr is an author, blogger, and speaker committed to changing the way we do assessment nationally and globally. Her most recent book is called Assessing with Respect: Everyday Practices that Meet Students’ Social and Emotional Needs with ASCD. When Starr isn’t evangelizing about grading reform, she is the wife to Charlie, mindfulness mountain biker extraordinaire, and mother to Logan, a high school student, and gamer and Huxley the cat, an aging Abyssinean. 

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