Tom Schimmer is an education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of classroom assessment, sound grading practices, educational leadership, and RTI.
Tom has been an educator since 1991. He spent 7 years as a full-time classroom teacher, 11 years as a school-based administrator, and 2 years working at central office where, as a member of the senior management team, he was responsible for overseeing the efforts to support & build the instructional capacities of teachers & administrators throughout the district. After 20 years working in the school system, Tom resigned from his district position (in 2011) to work full-time as an author, speaker, and consultant.
Tom is an experienced, sought-after presenter who has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions and major conferences, as well as for schools and/or school districts internationally. Tom has worked in Canada, the United States, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Japan, Qatar, Bahrain, India, the U.A.E., the U.K., Russia, Singapore, and Spain.
Tom is the author/co-author of six Books (See books tab for links):
- Schimmer, T. (2011). Ten Things that Matter from Assessment to Grading. Don Mills, ON: Pearson Canada.
- Schimmer, T. (2013). Ten Things that Matter from Assessment to Grading (US edition). Portland, OR: Pearson ATI.
- Schimmer, T. (2016). Grading from the inside out: Bringing accuracy to student assessment through a standards-based mindset. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
- Erkens, C., Schimmer, T., & Vagle N. (2017). Essential assessment: Six tenets for bringing hope, efficacy, and achievement to the classroom. Bloomington, IN. Solution Tree Press.
- Erkens, C., Schimmer, T., & Vagle N. (2017). Instructional Agility: Responding to assessment with real-time decisions. Bloomington, IN. Solution Tree Press.
- Schimmer, T., & Hillman, G., & Stalets, M. (2018). Standards-based learning in action: Moving from theory to practice. Bloomington, IN. Solution Tree Press.
Tom holds a Teaching Degree from Boise State University (1990) and a Master’s Degree (Curriculum & Instruction) from the University of British Columbia (1999).