Messaging: Articulating the Why, What, and How of your Proficiency-Based System @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Facilitated by Emily Rinkema and Stan Williams

Date: May 11, 2020 Hours: 8:30 Registration 9:00 – 3:30 pm Breakfast and lunch included                 


Target Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Coaches/Coordinators (Ideally teams)

The transition to a proficiency-based classroom and school is complex, not just for educators, but for families, students, and community members as well. Taking the time to clearly develop and articulate the WHY, WHAT, and HOW of our systems–whether they are unique to our classrooms or common across a district–can help ensure a smoother transition and a more controlled message. The work we are doing to transform teaching and learning is incredibly important. By creating some simple, clearly articulated documents that help drive our work and communicate with our stakeholders, we can work together to ensure success throughout this complex process.

Participants will…
· Develop a succinct WHY statement that drives the work of your classroom, school, or district.
· Draft a visual articulation of the WHAT of your proficiency-based system.
· Draft a HOW document, which articulates steps for implementation.

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About our Presenters:

Emily Rinkema is a Proficiency-Based Learning Coordinator in the Champlain Valley School District in Vermont, spending half of her time supporting standards-based instruction and learning at the high school, and half supporting the middle schools in their transition to standards-based learning. She is the co-author of The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal, published by Corwin Press in 2018.
Stan Williams has taught and worked in the Champlain Valley School District for over twenty years. Currently, he is a Proficiency-Based Learning Coordinator for the district and spends his time supporting standards-based learning and instruction at the high school and the four district middle schools. He is the co-author of The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal, published by Corwin Press in 2018.

Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/Colchester @ Hampton Inn Conference Center
Aug 24 – Aug 25 all-day
Courageous Conversation: BEYOND DIVERSITY/Colchester @ Hampton Inn Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Facilitator: Leidene King, Pacific Educational Group

Dates: August 24 & 25, 2020 Time: 8:30 am registration 9 am -4:30 pm (breakfast and lunches included)

Target Audience: Instructional leaders and coaches, special education leaders, curriculum leaders, select principals and school team members

Beyond Diversity is a powerful, personally transforming two-day seminar that helps teachers, students, and administrators understand the impact of race on our lives, our work and our learning. Interactive and stirring exercises strength participants’ critical consciousness of race and leads them to investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing achievement disparities. Most importantly, it models and teaches a protocol for discussing race in ways that are productive, insightful, and generative. We cannot solve the problems created by systemic racism without discussing race, and Beyond Diversity, a program with a 25-year history and over 100,000 alumni, imparts a method for having Courageous Conversations.

In a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism and grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools.

Using strategies for identifying and addressing the policies, programs, and practices that negatively impact students of color achievement and serve as barriers to ALL students receiving a world-class education

The knowledge and requisite skills for engaging, sustaining, and deepening Courageous Conversation about the impact of race and racism on schooling.

· Courageous Conversation Protocol
· Racial Identity Development and Practice
· (De)Constructing Systemic Racism
· Adaptive Leadership for Equity


“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race.”
-Hon. Sonia Sotomayor,  U.S. Supreme Court Justice (2014)

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