Winter Term 2021

December 1st - February 27th, 2022

In this interactive course, which can be used on its own or as a companion to the book Grading for Equity, we will critically examine our traditional approach to grading, establish a vision for grading that is accurate, bias-resistant, and motivational, and learn about the practices that make our grading more equitable. This course also offers interactive opportunities with one of our Crescendo Education Group coaches, who will provide individualized feedback to assignments to help you transform your grading practices. 

Included in the course are videos and downloadable articles and resources, as well as opportunities to connect and share practices and experiences with others enrolled in the course. 

In our interactive course feature, you'll receive:

Course + Feedback + Book
  • Access to course videos/content
  • Module exercises
  • Course readings
  • Zoom meeting with Joe & cohort to discuss experiences and ask questions
  • Individualized feedback from a Crescendo Ed Group coach
  • Grading for Equity book

Investment Level

In addition to the course content (videos, readings, exercises, live Q & A), you'll submit each exercise for individualized feedback from our coaches—teachers experienced with equitable grading practices! Includes copy of Grading for Equity.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Before We Start (Pre-Course)

  • 2

    Unit 1: Foundations

    • Module 1: Why Grading

    • Module 2: History of Grading

    • Module 2 - Assignment Exercises for Feedback

    • Module 3: Impact of Traditional Grading Part 1

    • Module 3 - Assignment Exercises for Feedback

    • Module 4: Impact of Traditional Grading Part 2

    • Module 4 - Assignment Exercises for Feedback

  • 3

    Unit 2: Equitable Grading Practices: Accuracy

    • Module 5: Accurate Grading Practices Part 1

    • Module 5 - Assignment Exercises for Feedback

    • Module 6: Accurate Grading Practices that are Bias-Resistant & Motivational

    • Module 6- Assignment Exercises for Feedback

  • 4

    Unit 3: Equitable Grading Practices: Bias-Resistant

    • Module 7: Bias-Resistant Grading Practices

    • Module 7- Assignment Exercises for Feedback

  • 5

    Unit 4: Equitable Grading Practices: Motivational

    • Module 8: Motivational Grading Practices - Part 1

    • Module 8- Assignment Exercises for Feedback

    • Module 9: Motivational Practices that "Lift the Veil"

    • Module 9 - Assignment Exercises for Feedback

  • 6


    • Module 10: Review & Possibilities for Equitable Grading

    • Module 10- Assignment Exercises for Feedback

Meet Your Instructor

Joe Feldman

Joe Feldman

Joe Feldman is the CEO of Crescendo Education Group (, a consulting organization that partners with schools, districts, and post-secondary institutions to help faculty use improved and more equitable grading and assessment practices. Joe is the author of several articles on grading, assessment, and equity, and the author of Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why it Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms (Corwin). He leads workshops and presentations throughout the country to support teachers and education leaders with equitable grading. Prior to founding Crescendo Ed Group, Joe has worked in education at the local and national levels for over twenty years in both charter and district school contexts, and as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. He began his career as a high school English and American history teacher in Atlanta Public Schools and was the founding principal of a charter high school in Washington, DC. He has been the Director of Charter Schools for New York City Department of Education, the Director of K–12 Instruction in Union City, California, and was a Fellow to the Chief of Staff for U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. Joe earned his B.A. from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard School of Education. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children.


  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

    We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact us in the first 30 days, and we will give you a full refund.

  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course is open now until the end of the term (see above dates). The course is completely self-paced and you have until the course end date to finish.

  • Why are there different options/plans?

    We know that people have different context and needs, so we want to tailor our courses to fit those needs. There are currently 4 options: 1) Access to online content only 2) Access to online content and a discounted copy of Grading for Equity; 3) Online course, individualized feedback/support from Joe, and a certificate of completion; 4) Online course, feedback/support from Joe, certificate, and a discounted copy of Grading for Equity. Choose the one that is the best fit for you!

  • What are the requirements?

    You just have to be willing to critically examine traditional grading, and be dedicated to creating more equitable classrooms and schools!