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Tuesday, March 13 • 10:30am - 11:45am
CANCELED: Teaching in Two Worlds: Building + Maintaining Standards-Based Curriculum in a Traditional Grading Environment

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Smithfield High School has thoroughly redesigned our 9–12 social studies program in order to dramatically improve its impact on students. From transferrable power standards to professional growth to formative and summative assessments to daily instruction, we transformed our social studies department completely.

However, despite all these changes, we continue to need to balance both proficiency-based grading and traditional grading, and this duality has a significant impact on educator practice as well as student learning, feedback, and supports.

This session will explore how the Smithfield High School social studies department built and refined its systems, and, specifically, the practical approach we designed to balance the reporting of both standards-based and numerical achievement. In this session, participants will learn about challenges—and some strategies to consider—as they transition toward interactive curriculum guides that are standards-based and 21st century skills-focused.


Steve DeCurtis

Smithfield High School

Ken Hopkins

Assistant Principal, Smithfield High School

Tom Lynch

Teacher, Smithfield High School

Derek Snow

Smithfield High School

Kelley Young

Smithfield High School

Vin Zibelli

Social Studies Chairperson, Smithfield High School

Tuesday March 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am EDT