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February Challenge Friday: Switching to Mastery Grading
Friday, February 23, 2024, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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CPED February Challenge Friday

 Switching to Mastery Grading in EdD Core Courses: Challenges and Successes

Date: Friday, February 23, 2024

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Traditional grading practices often perpetuate systemic inequities in formal learning contexts (Feldman, 2019; Knight & Cooper, 2019) and can lead to student disengagement in learning and even program dropout. Mastery learning approaches and standards-based grading are potential ways to overcome these issues. We will discuss our successes and challenges in using mastery grading in our core EdD classes at the University of Central Florida, and we will invite participants to share insights into their own grading practices. Our goal is to promote critical reflection on how we evaluate students and to support each other in finding practical ways to promote more equitable, helpful, and motivating evaluation practices.



Michele Gill

Dr. Michele Gregoire Gill is a professor of educational psychology in the Learning Sciences and Educational Research Department in UCF’s College of Community Innovation and Education and Program Coordinator for the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research focuses on teacher beliefs and knowledge, conceptual change, and school transformation. She is the author of the Millennials’ Guide to K-12 Education: What No One Every Told You About How to Help Your Child THRIVE in School and co-editor of the International Handbook of Research on Teachers’ Beliefs. Dr. Gill has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychologist, Educational Psychology Review, and Contemporary Educational Psychologist. She is a pioneer in education reform via her work as founder of the Galileo School for Gifted Learning, an award-winning K-8 charter school with two campuses in Seminole County. In 2022, she received the Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award by the American Psychological Association (APA). In that same year, she received a UCF Luminary award for making a significant national impact with her research, scholarship, and creative activity. In 2021, she was elected to Fellow status for APA’s Division 15 (educational psychology). In 2018, she received national recognition from the American Psychological Association as a Citizen-Psychologist. She is the recipient of two UCF Teaching Incentive Program awards recognizing her teaching effectiveness.

Amanda Reschke


Amanda Reschke is a third year doctoral student in the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction program at UCF and graduate teaching assistant in the program. She co-presented at CPED 2022 on mastery learning. Amanda earnred her MA in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. She is a former public school educator who seeks to transform public schooling to make it a more dynamic, caring place for students and teachers.


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