S.T.A.G.R Toolkit Series

Success with Standards, Targets, Assessments, Grading and Reporting

6-Part Series

October 19, October 26, November 2, November 16, November 23, November 30, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 pm  Central Time

All Sessions Take Place on Zoom

$495 per person


Making the decision to shift grading practices is exciting and terrifying all at the same time! Maybe you’ve wanted to alter your practices, to make learning more meaningful, but you weren’t sure how. Or, you simply want to learn more about what you can do in your classroom to transform practices, even though your school isn’t ready to take the leap. Stepping outside of your comfort zone, and what’s familiar to most, can bring a great deal of uncertainty. This series is designed to help!

Whether you are a brand new teacher, or a teacher looking to expand your skill set in grading and reporting practices, the S.T.A.G.R. Toolkit Series is for you! Drawing upon the work of Dr. Thomas Guskey, Ken O’Connor, and others, this series will support teachers in learning and implementing the components of Standards Based Grading. 

Led by Dr. Garth Larson, Author of Grading for Impact and Becky Peppler, Director of the Learner FIRST Center for Assessment and Grading, participants will learn about the 4 main components of Standards Based Grading and have the opportunity to develop strategies and action plans for use within their classrooms/schools. Functioning as a professional learning community, the facilitators and fellow participants will support teachers as they try out their new learning between sessions and as they seek out the tools they need to be successful in their grading and reporting practices.

As a result of participating in this series, teachers will develop the confidence and the strategies they need to start making grading practices more meaningful!

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Garth Larson, Ed.D is the Co-Founder and President of FIRST Educational Resources. Garth has previously worked as the Director of Learning for the Winneconne Community School District in  northeast Wisconsin, was an elementary principal in two separate buildings and started his career in education as a high school speech and English teacher. In 2011, Garth formed Wisconsin Educational Resources (now FIRST) with a focus on improving student achievement across the United States. Since 2011, over 1500 school districts throughout the globe have become partnership districts with his company. Garth currently consults with school districts around the world and provides customized professional development around a variety of topics, mainly Professional Learning Communities 2.0, Learning-Centered Grading Practices, Leadership and School Improvement. Garth is also the author of Collaborative Systems of Support: Learning for ALL with co-authors Tom Hierck and Chris Weber, Target-Based Grading in Collaborative Teams: 13 Steps to Moving Beyond Standards with co-author Tom Hierck, Grading for Impact: Raising Student Achievement through a Target-Based Assessment and Learning System and PLC 2.0: Collaborating for Observable Impact in Today’s Schools with co-author Cale Birk.


Garth Larson


Becky Peppler

Becky Peppler is the Director of the Learner FIRST Center for Assessment and Grading (a division of FIRST Educational Resources). She has 15 years of professional experience in public education, working in the Winneconne Community School District in northeast Wisconsin. Becky has spent time as a 6-12 Instructional Coach with a focus on supporting teachers in the classroom on a daily basis. Prior to her role as an instructional coach, Becky taught Chemistry and Forensic Science and was the 6-12 Science Curriculum Chair. She is a member of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST), where she was awarded the Excellence in Science Education Award for the state of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Science Education Leadership Association (WSELA). Becky has helped the Winneconne Community School District transition to Target Based Grading at the middle and high school levels. She has a passion for designing meaningful assessments practices, making reassessment work, target based learning implementation, building social and emotional skills and ensuring that all students continue to learn at high levels. Becky currently consults to school districts all over the United States in these areas.