Emily Rinkema

Emily Rinkema

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 also co-designed and co-teaches Think Tank, a class that puts high school students at the center of the educational transformation happening around them. Emily began teaching English and humanities at Champlain Valley Union HS twenty years ago, and was inspired by the progressive philosophy of the school and community from the start. While teaming with Stan Williams in a heterogeneous tenth grade humanities class, they became obsessed with differentiated instruction and standards-based learning, applied for a sabbatical, and began down the path that would lead to instructional coaching. Emily is the co-founder of the Vermont Standards-Based Learning Collective, a grassroots organization that brings together educators interested in improving education through SBL. She has organized, led, and participated in the annual symposium sponsored by the VTSBL Collective, and has presented about SBL at schools around Vermont and at the 2018 ASCD Empower18 Conference. Emily has a Masters in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College and is still involved with the Bread Loaf Teacher Network, and along with Stan is very active professionally on social media through @CVULearns. She is the co-author of The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal, published by Corwin Press in 2018.