Thanks to the donation by TransCanada and support through the Rural School Educator Effectiveness Collaborative, teachers throughout the North Country who participated in the March 28th conference with Rick Wormeli had an opportunity to participate in book discussions on Wormeli's text, Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom

Facilitator Resources

A session for facilitators who are facilitating local discussions was held on January 29, 3:00 to 5:00 at NCES. Resources are available here.   Facilitators should report attendance via the link in the email that was sent from Lori Langlois or use this form.

Facilitators' study guide

Teachers' study guide


Regional Book Discussions

Gorham/NCES: Wednesday, March 12, 3:30 to 5:30 - Sorry cancelled due to insufficient registration.
Colebrook Elementary: Monday, March 24, 3:30 to 5:30
Lisbon Regional: Thursday, March 27, 3:30 to 5:30
Free, but registration is required.


Graduate Credit Option

One graduate credit is available for $185 plus $30 registration fee through Plymouth State University

  • Verification of book study completion
    • Local book discussion participation
    • Regional book discussion and/or online book forum participation
  • Select an assessment you will use with students and tier it - one version more complex, one version less complex. Write up the justification for how you tiered the assessment, referencing the principles and techniques described in Chapter 5.
  • Provide a 3-5 page reflection paper discussing:
    • your personal grading philosophy.
    • how this book study helped you define your professional beliefs and core values around mastery, assessment and grading.
    • what changes in your classroom practice will ensure that grades more accurately reflect what students know and are able to do in response to the curricular goals.

Details and PSU Registration Form 


Online Book Discussion Forum

NCES is hosting an online discussion forum.  One question/prompt per chapter with 1 or 2 chapters per week being discussed.  Earn a PD certificate for up to 24 hours for participating (no charge).  Details in rubric.  To participate, sign up here: and you will receive an email with an invite, username and password to the Moodle course which hosts the forum. 

Want to see the type of questions in the forum?  First 6 chapters here

Schedule for online discussion:

Week of January 13th: Chapters 1 & 2
Week of January 20th: Chapter 3
Week of January 27th: Chapters 4 & 5
Week of February 6th: Chapter 6
Week of February 10th: Chapters 7 & 8
Week of February 17th: Chapter 9
Week of February 24th: Chapter 10
Week of March 3rd: Chapter 11
Week of March 10th: Chapter 12
Week of March 17th: Chapter 13
Week of March 24th: Chapter 14
March 28th, Rick Wormeli Event
Week of March 31st: Chapter 15 & 16