Allison Zmuda works for the Habits of Mind Institute and understands the power of personalized learning. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to talk about the power of putting students in charge of their learning and how Hacking Assessment fundamentally shifts the power dynamic in learning by getting rid of grades.
This is part 1 of a 4 part interview.
Here are the show notes:
This first segment of a 4-part interview series with education consultant Allison Zmuda is centered around how Starr's ideas in the first edition continued to evolve over six years to inspire the second edition. The second edition also delved into equity in much more depth as a significant aspect of grading and its impact on student self-efficacy.
Topics covered in this segment:
how equity and SEL tie into assessment
the importance of community and networks in education, and the power of connecting to a PLN
the importance of authenticity with students and with peers
how grading and assessment are deeply embedded into the institutionalized version of education, and how to nurture innovation and evolution despite that "What I have learned doing this work now for such a long time is-- grading initiatives, in particular assessment initiatives, you get one good shot at it in a decade. Because if it goes bad, people don't forget."
Have a listen and stay tuned for part 2.
What do you think?