Rick Wormeli Coming to Valpo! – World Class Leader on Assessment

Published on January 4th, 2019

February 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 pm at Harre Union, Valparaiso University

Registration fees include a continental breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration prior to January 9, 2019 is $125; regular registration will be $150 if space is available. The Harre Union is located at 1509 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso IN; detailed directions and parking information are available at www.valpo.edu.   Email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of your registration; please print your email address clearly. PGP’s for license renewal are available for attendees.

Fair is NOT Always Equal

Rick Wormeli is a world class leader when it comes to assessment and offers the latest research when it comes to fair assessment.  Being sensitive to students’ readiness levels, interests, and learning challenges, while holding them accountable for the same standards, can be a challenge.

What’s fair and leads to real student learning? What constitutes assessment that is helpful, fair, and meaningful to students?  How can assessment help move students along their learning path, not just as a student, but as a person?  Rick will tackle these questions, offering insights and experiences, as well as actionable guidance, on how to equitably and meaningfully assess student in today’s educational environment.

Join us for a proactive workshop to look at what grades really mean. Understanding the importance of establishing a school-wide philosophy for assessment and examining the real impact of grades will help educators reach all their students.

Learning Objectives

Participants will

  • Learn the importance of a shared school vision for assessment and grading
  • Understand the benefits of differentiating assessments to promote student growth
  • Explore what grades really mean and how to handle student failure
  • Identify focus assessments that provide valid evidence of what is and is not mastery learning

Rick Wormeli, one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations, and his instructional practice, which includes 36 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, and coaching teachers and principals.  Rick’s work has been reported in numerous media, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” National Geographic and Good Housekeeping magazines, What Matters Most: Teaching for the 21st Century, and the Washington Post.  He is a columnist for AMLE Magazine. He is the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle, as well as several best-selling books, Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, and Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject.  His classroom practice is a showcase for ASCD’s best-selling series, “At Work in the Differentiated Classroom.”

With his substantive presentations, sense of humor, and unconventional approaches, he’s been asked to present to teachers and administrators in all 50 states, Canada, China, Europe, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, the Middle East, and at the White House.

To Register:


This spring marks our 15th Annual Middle School Conference sponsored by the Professional Educators Partnership (PEP). Keynote speaker, Wormeli will focus on creating a shared vision for assessment within a school, differentiating assessment and ensuring that assessments provide valid evidence of learning, discussing the ethical underpinnings of re-do and re-take policies, and investigating what grades, success, and failure actually mean to students. Thought provoking and practical, attendees will leave with the knowledge and skills needed to rethink, reshape, and revive their assessment practices to help students be the best learners they can be.


Laurie A. Snell, Director
Professional Educators Partnership (PEP)