As I began to research new teaching styles, I came across two books: Assessment 3.0 by Mark Barnes and Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School by Starr Sackstein.
The gradeless classroom is based on an endless feedback loop between the teacher and student known as the Summarize, Explain, Redirect and Resubmit (SE2R) model.
The pilot was a success but it also needed to be polished and organized if I was going to go totally gradeless for the 2018-19 school year.
The classroom had a more creative feel, more like a studio space, which we thought would help the introduction of a new gradeless system.
If you are too, you can read more about the movement at thejournal.com/ gradeless
or visit the TTOG group on Facebook and ask questions.
For Nationwide Financial, the PPA provides "a huge opportunity, to help our business partners"--third-party administrators, investment professionals and plan sponsors, said Steve Gradeless, vice president of business development for private-sector retirement plans.
The company has added plan-design options, including cash-balance plans and how they can complement 401(k) plans, said Gradeless.
Gradeless said Nationwide provides financial advice at the participant level, and also helps plan sponsors select core fund options, such as target maturity funds.
Since PPA, the company has seen an increase in plan adoption rates, Gradeless said.
Steve Gradeless, vice president of business development for private-sector retirement plans at Nationwide Life Insurance Co., said a recent study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute indicates that 40% of employees not participating are likely to stay in the plan if automatically enrolled.
The act's language is open to debate, said Gradeless, while Lawson said negotiators are still working out the details.
Gradeless said Nationwide "is in a unique position" because it has about $1.7 billion in managed accounts, one of the safe harbors proposed.