Tom Schimmer is an independent education author and consultant from Penticton, BC (Canada). His current work focuses on the effective use of formative assessment as an integral part of the instructional process, accurate and fair grading and reporting, as well as educational leadership. Tom is an internationally recognized leader and expert who has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions at major conferences as well as for schools and/or school districts in Canada, the United States, and Asia. Prior to working as an author and consultant, Tom spent twenty years as an educator. As a classroom teacher he's taught a variety of subjects in every grade from 6-12. He has been a school administrator in five different schools (3 high schools and 2 middle schools) and most recently was a district-level leader primarily responsible for curriculum and instruction. Tom holds a Teaching Degree from Boise State University (1990) and a Master's Degree (Curriculum & Instruction) from the University of British Columbia (1999).