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Monday, March 12 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Purposeful Design: Key Decision Points in Proficiency-Based Learning Implementation   

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Like many schools engaged in the shift to a proficiency-based learning system, Montpelier High School faced significant implementation challenges. This session will apply a pragmatic lens to the key decision points in their design process. Presenters will share the obstacles, trade-offs, and successes they experienced as change leaders in their school district.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply a critical lens to their own school systems in order to develop a purposeful, values-aligned approach in their shift to proficiency based learning, and will compare their school structures to their community’s educational priorities and values. By critically examining the purpose of each decision point in the school redesign process, participants will be able to make strategic choices in their implementation of proficiency-based learning and improve communication about redesign with their school communities.

Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of key decision points in designing assessment, grading, and reporting for proficiency-based learning. Participants will gain new insights on how school redesign choices impact learner agency, equity, and public will.


Michael Martin

presenter, Montpelier High School
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Michael McRaith

Principal, Montpelier Roxbury SD
My background is in school counseling and school leadership. I have a research interest in social emotional learning and its impact on student learning. I also present and teach on proficiency based learning, assessment, personalization, and structural designs for public high schools... Read More →

Monday March 12, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
555 A - Convention Center