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Register Now for the 3rd Annual (and 1st Virtual) Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment for Learning

We’re pleased to share the news that the Third Annual Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment will take place online on November 7 with national assessment-for-learning expert Dr. Douglas Reeves as our keynote speaker. Read on to learn more about this important initiative from ABPC’s Stoney Beavers and Dr. Andrew Maxey of Tuscaloosa City Schools. You can register at the ACGAL website.

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The Future of Education in Alabama Will Be Brighter If We Embrace the Lessons of This Challenging Year

The great challenges of 2020 do come with a silver lining. “The best performing education systems have become nimble, responsive, resilient,” says a new OECD report on global education trends. What can we do to encourage more Alabama school systems to match this description, wonders Cathy Gassenheimer. “Maybe one answer is to embrace what we are learning as all of us live through this pandemic.”

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Reading for Pleasure Is an Academic Essential!

Recent research from PISA reveals a “reading-for-pleasure gap” between students in the United States and countries like China. ARI Director Tracye Strichik and ABPC’s Cathy Gassenheimer are encouraging teachers and parents to help children, tweens and teens discover the joy of devoting time each day to reading just for fun. (They don’t even have to know it’s good for them!)

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