Read a teaching-focused book with the CTL. Book clubs typically meet weekly and discuss the text as well as ways we can apply this understanding in our own classrooms and lives. Book clubs are open to anyone interested, including faculty, teaching professors, lecturers, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff

Summer 2022

This summer semester, join CTL Professional Development Lead Preston Cumming alongside instructors of all levels to read and discuss Susan D. Blum's book "UNgrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)". During this time, we will have discussion of the text as well as ways we can apply this understanding in our own classrooms and university lives.

The group will meet weekly on Fridays from May 13 to June 17, 10:00-11:00am Mountain Time. You can join this book club remotely via Zoom. 

Register for Book Club

*Space will be limited to the first 15 participants. We will collect a wait list for additional interest.

The following is a description of the text from West Virginia University Press:  

The moment is right for critical reflection on what has been assumed to be a core part of schooling. In Ungrading, fifteen educators write about their diverse experiences going gradeless. Some contributors are new to the practice and some have been engaging in it for decades. Some are in humanities and social sciences, some in STEM fields. Some are in higher education, but some are the K–12 pioneers who led the way. Based on rigorous and replicated research, this is the first book to show why and how faculty who wish to focus on learning, rather than sorting or judging, might proceed. It includes honest reflection on what makes ungrading challenging, and testimonials about what makes it transformative.

You can purchase or rent the book directly through the publisher or find it at a local retailer of your choosing. If you would like to attend and cannot afford the text, please reach out to Preston at preston.cumming@colorado.edu for assistance. 

Participants can receive credit toward the CTL's graduate and postdoctoral scholar teaching certificates or mirco-credentials. Contact preston.cumming@colorado.edu for details.