Elements of the Grading for Equity Course

  • Examine Common Grading Practices

    How did we get our century-old grading practices, and how does our use of those inherited practices contradict research, undermine effective teaching & learning, and perpetuate achievement disparities, all without us realizing it?

  • Learn More Equitable Grading Practices

    What are grading practices that are more accurate, bias-resistant, and motivational, and how could I integrate them into my classroom and school?

  • Get Support

    Get personalized feedback from educators experienced with equitable grading. Participate in a live Q&A with Crescendo Education Group to get practical how-to's.

Crescendo Education Group Q&A Team

Join a live Q&A with a member of our team!

Christopher Love

Manager of Coaching

Chris Love supports our online and remote coaches in their work improving teachers’ equitable grading practices. Chris moved from the Science laboratories to the classroom to encourage and support students from his local community, and is a “people-first” educator, having served the Bay Area community as a Science educator and Department lead for nearly a decade in addition to working with a breadth of students from 6th to 12th grade in the general classroom, credit recovery and afterschool clubs. He is a dedicated equitable grading practitioner, first as a classroom teacher in a Crescendo Education Group workshop series, then graduated to coaching other teachers and, after a number of years of research into his own practice, now enjoys supporting teachers and coaches alike in the grading for equity movement. Chris strikes a unique balance of calm enthusiasm that engenders unity and growth in our organization.

Nikole Joshi


Facilitator Nikole Joshi holds a B.A. from Radford University in Middle School Education as well as an MAEd in Curriculum & Instruction from Virginia Tech, and she recently obtained her MEd in Education Leadership and Administration from George Mason University. Nikole served for 11 years in Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, VA, in various capacities. She joined the Gunston Middle School Community in 2011 as the second Middle School Montessori program teacher and worked to grow and develop authenticity within the program. During the past several years in APS, Nikole worked with schools to transform their grading policies while supporting and coaching teachers in standards-based grading implementation. Nikole has experience teaching special education and holds an ESOL endorsement and a Secondary Montessori I-II credential. Nikole worked part-time with Crescendo Education Group as an equitable grading coach for the 21-22 school year before joining the team full-time. She is passionate about this work and wants all teachers to understand the power of equitable grading. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area with her 8-year-old son, eating sushi, and traveling to new places.

Courtney Fenner


Courtney Fenner is a career educator with 19 years of experience across a breadth of schools where her roles have included classroom teacher, grade team leader, and Director of Equity & Inclusion. She holds an MA in English Education from Brooklyn College, an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BA in Studies in Women & Gender from the University of Virginia. She is the author of the book, Kollege Knowledge: A Grrrl’s Guide to Surviving the First Year, and was the 2013 Young Women’s Leadership Network’s Teacher of the Year. Courtney first joined Crescendo Education Group as a remote equitable grading coach. She has used equitable grading practices in her classrooms and has seen firsthand success with her students’ skill-building and confidence. When not facilitating and coaching, you can find her making homemade ice cream by hand, eating her way through new cities, and saving home design inspiration posts on Instagram.

How We Transform Schools

  • Self pace your learning about equitable grading through videos and exercises.

  • Become more aware of the history of our grading and its negative impact.

  • Explore equitable grading practices that are accurate, bias-resistant, and motivational.

  • Connect with and learn from teacher colleagues from all over the country.

What Educators Are Saying...

“I wish every educator in my school, in my district, well, every educator everywhere, could take this course and gather this information. Most of us became educators because we want what is best for students - yet the very practices we spent years developing to create the most accurate and fair system is inherently detrimental. It is a sad but necessary reality to be aware of this so that we can take the steps needed to combat this.”

April, High School Teacher

“Thank you for designing this class to parallel the work of your book. As an administrator, you have given me a valuable tool to use as I walk with my department chairs and staff in this sensitive yet critical work.”

Jori, High School Administrator

“What’s powerful about this is that this is not ‘This is what we’re expecting you to do,’ but instead it’s a chance to be introspective and clear on what your own goals are for your classroom and do they match with how you grade. I think every teacher should go through this.”

Sarah, High School Science Dept. Chair

“This is all about equity. This is grading and assessing students on what they do inside the classroom, not based on their lives outside the classroom. It’s about giving every student second chances, and third chances, and more, to learn. It’s about giving every student hope. Just like we have standards-based grading, this is equity-based grading—grading in a way that is fair and transparent to students, parents, teachers, everybody.”

Mike, Middle School Math Teacher

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