BIOGRAPHY – 2015
Myron Dueck is a vice-principal, teacher and author in SD 67 in British Columbia, Canada. He has previously taught in Manitoba and the South Island of New Zealand. Over the past 17 years of teaching, Myron has experience in a variety of subjects ranging from grades 4 to 12. Beginning in 2006, Myron developed a number of assessment and grading systems with his senior classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they know and adapt to the feedback they receive. As a teaching and administrative leader, Myron has been a part of district work groups and school assessment committees that have further broadened his access to innovative steps taken by others. Through speaking of his experiences and showing a variety of student-friendly assessment procedures, Myron has visited many school districts and conferences across North America and Europe. Myron has twice been published in EL Magazine. His best-selling book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder – Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn was released by ASCD in July 2014.
Myron Dueck has spent the last 17 years in education. His teaching experiences range from grades 4 through 12 in three different jurisdictions – Manitoba, British Columbia and the South Island of New Zealand. The vast majority of Myron’s teaching and administrative experience is in the public schooling system, but his resume does include four years in an independent school in BC. Currently Myron is a vice-principal and teacher at Summerland Secondary School in School District 67 Okanagan-Skaha.
In recent years Myron has traveled extensively in Canada, the USA and Europe speaking and consulting in the areas of Sound Grading, Assessment for Learning, Engagement and Change Theory. Myron uses first hand experiences, stories and actual classroom examples to make a compelling case for how changes in assessment and grading can not only improve achievement, learning and classroom climate, but most importantly the transformation of relationships in the classroom. Though different in nature, Myron makes a strong case for how Sound Grading and AFL are difficult to separate in the classroom and that interesting and surprising results are to be expected if you delve into these areas.
Myron has worked with many US school districts in Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, , Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Nevada, Washington and Wisconsin. In Canada Myron has visited dozens of schools in both British Columbia and Alberta. Myron has presented sessions and delivered keynotes at numerous education conferences in Both North America and Europe. Some of these conferences include the NESA Conference in Athens, Greece, the Pearson ATI Assessment Training Institute in Portland, the PIMSER Conference in Lexington Kentucky, the ESD Ashland Conference, the ASCD Annual Conferences in Chicago, LA and Houston, as well as the ASCD-WA annual conference in Seattle. Myron has delivered keynote addresses for FIRST Education in Wisconsin, ASCD Michigan, RESA Griffin (Atlanta), the Idaho Middle Schools Conference and the ESD Conference Oregon to name a few.
Myron resides in Summerland, British Columbia with his wife and two children. When not working or otherwise tied to his computer, Myron enjoys mountain biking, SCUBA diving, photography, reading, welding and general construction.