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Kathy Privatt

Author: Kathy Privatt

Ungrading Book Discussion

Ungrading is a new, research-driven, experience-based book that explores the process of going gradeless by changing how we assess and evaluate student learning. It contains essays from fifteen educators across a range of disciplines and institutions, most of whom are recognized pedagogical experts. Including both reflections and strategies, the book is an extremely helpful way to rethink not just how we assess learning, but also how we conceptualize both our pedagogical practices and also instructor-student relationships.

There will be a book discussion for interested faculty and staff on Tuesday, April 27 from 11:10-12:20 via Zoom. Dr. Susan Blum, the editor of the book, will be joining us for the discussion. Copies of the book will be provided prior to the discussion to those who need them. Due to the interactive nature of the event, there are very limited spots available, so please respond to reserve your spot.

If you wish to participate, please contact Lavanya Murali at

Lowering Barriers to Learning “Ask the Author” Session with Thomas J. Tobin, PhD, MSLS, PMP, MOT, CPACC

  • September 1, 2020 – 10:00-11:30 CST
  • Via Zoom – (link provided after you RSVP)
  • RSVP –
  • Description: Whether you have been part of the Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone book reading group or not, join the author Thomas J. Tobin for an open-format ask-anything session focused on lowering barriers to learning—for both your students and for you. If you have questions about a course modification or approach, if you’ve ever heard the same question from students hundreds of times, or if you’ve ever had to re-teach a challenging concept because your students all missed it on a test, or if a student has ever told you “that was great, professor, but I still just don’t get it,” then this session is for you.

Questions?  Contact Kathy Privatt at

Radio Drama – This Friday Night!

“There’s no end in sight . . . no hope.  I get sick to the very soul of me when I look upon the faces of our young people.  They’ve been dispossessed—cheated out of their chance.”  Thus starts The National Youth Administration:  A Radio Drama by Herb Meadow.  Written in 1937, this is a series of vignettes embodying the effects of the Great Depression on youth (roughly 15-25 yrs. old), and the various interventions of the National Youth Administration (part of the Works Progress Administration):  Story mixed with History in ways that seem eerily current. 

We hope you’ll join us for a live recording, this Friday, May 15th at 8:00 pm CST.  To obtain your “ticket” (the Zoom Meeting link and password), simply email Kathy Privatt at


Unmasking and Unmaking the Hidden Curriculum— with Dr. Marcia Chatelain

A workshop you can learn and grow from remotely.

When: Thursday, May 7, 2020
Time: EITHER 9–10:15 a.m. OR 10:30-11:45 a.m.
(Participants will also be invited to sign up for “Office Hours”
meetings that afternoon.)

Where: Zoom, of course!

Reservation link:

“. . .in academe, there are unwritten rules and unspoken expectations.“
From Chatelain’s essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Help-First-Generation/244830

Her webpage:
Questions? Contact Kathy Privatt: