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Thomas R Guskey
Professor Emeritus, College of Education
University of Kentucky, United States


Dr Thomas R. Guskey is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky where he served as Department Chair, Head of the Educational Psychology Area Committee, and President of the Faculty Council. He has been a Visiting Professor at ten other universities in the U.S. and a Visiting Scholar at universities in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. He began his career in education as a middle school teacher and earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago under the direction of Professor Benjamin S. Bloom. He served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools before becoming the first director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national research center.

Dr. Guskey is the author/editor of 25 award-winning books and more than 250 book chapters, articles, and professional papers on educational measurement, evaluation, assessment, grading, and professional learning. His articles have appeared in prominent research journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, and Review of Educational Research, as well as practitioner publications such as Education Week, Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, The Learning Professional, and School Administrator. He served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, on the task force to develop the National Standards for Professional Development, has been featured on the National Public Radio programs Talk of the Nation and Morning Edition.

In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Guskey was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, the Association’s highest honor, and also received the Association’s prestigious Relating Research to Practice Award. He was awarded the Distinguished Contributions to the Field Award by Learning Forward, the Jason Millman Award by the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness, the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Perhaps most unique, in the 155 year history of Thiel College, his undergraduate institution, he is one of only three graduates to receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award and be inducted into the Thiel College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dr. Guskey’s work is dedicated to helping teachers and school leaders use quality educational research to help all of their students learn well and gain the many valuable benefits of that success.

Keynote Address: Implementing Mastery Learning


In this keynote presentation, Professor Guskey will describe ways to personalize and differentiate instruction for diverse students using mastery learning instructional strategies. He will discuss how mastery learning provides the theoretical foundation for using classroom assessments as learning tools and offer practical suggestions for adapting mastery learning to different assessment formats, individual teaching styles, specific classroom situations, and the needs of individual students. Through engaging stories and clarifying examples, he will help participants gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of mastery learning, and examine ways to effectively implement these strategies to help more students learn excellently.

Guskey, T. R. (2023). Implementing Mastery Learning (3nd ed.). Corwin Press.
Guskey, T. R. (Ed.) (2006). Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator. Rowman & Littlefield Education.

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