Great Schools Partnership Webinar Archive

This page features video recordings, presentation slides, and related materials from past webinars offered by the Great Schools Partnership.

In this webinar, we will present protocols and processes to create a system that supports teachers in the process of making consistent judgments on the quality of students’ work. This outcome requires collaboration with colleagues to calibrate scoring, refine assessment tasks and scoring criteria, and collectively reflect … Watch the Webinar →

As educators have begun to implement proficiency-based learning systems, they have realized the need to develop assessments that accurately measure student learning, promote personalization, and deliver trustworthy data—not an easy set of deliverables.

Building upon the previous GSP webinar, this webinar will present a … Watch the Webinar →

Once educators in districts have completed the important task of identifying graduation standards and performance indicators, the next step in our Proficiency-Based Simplified model is to establish scoring criteria. Informing and supporting the clear articulation of what student work looks like at each of the four distinct … Watch the Webinar →

Rather than being a stand-alone specific school intervention, we believe Proficiency-Based Learning (PBL) is actually the sum of a series of well-known and research-supported practices. When combined and implemented in a thoughtful manner, PBL practices like assessing and reporting learning by standards, providing … Watch the Webinar →

How can proficiency-based learning serve students with disabilities? When successfully designed and executed, a proficiency-based system can improve and accelerate learning for all students, clarify academic expectations, enable differentiated instruction, refocus teachers on the assessment of learning rather than … Watch the Webinar →

Decades of research confirm the strong correlation between parent involvement in their child’s education and higher student achievement, the development of social and emotional skills, and stronger college and career readiness. Parental expectations established in the home and their level of school involvement really … Watch the Webinar →

Extended learning opportunities (ELOs)—sometimes called learning pathwaysmultiple pathways, or personalized pathways, among other terms—are fast becoming a way for secondary schools to give students opportunities to pursue their passions by engaging in meaningful learning experiences that … Watch the Webinar →

Both proficiency-based learning and Response to Intervention (RTI) are based on the same fundamental equation: Targeted Instruction + Time = Learning. But what happens when a student needs different modes of instruction or more time? RTI is built on the assumption that, when a child struggles, we need to find better ways to … Watch the Webinar →

So you have defined your standards and performance indicators. But now what? Is designing an instructional unit in a proficiency-based system really any different from the way we’ve been designing units all along?

In this webinar we will outline some of the essential design features of a proficiency-based unit, … Watch the Webinar →

Assessments are a crucial part of the teaching-and-learning cycle. In a proficiency-based system, teachers assess for learning, using ongoing formative assessments to inform  instructional adjustments for students. Incorporating an analysis of the formative-assessment practices used by leading educational experts, … Watch the Webinar →

Shifting to a proficiency-based graduation system has implications for the design and content of transcripts. The Great Schools Partnership—through its work with the New England Secondary School Consortium—is working to develop exemplar transcripts and school profiles. Constructed in collaboration with … Watch the Webinar →

When teachers are asked about evaluation, they typically report that they are rarely observed and almost never receive detailed or useful feedback. When principals are asked about evaluation, they often describe the burdens of paperwork and time, and how difficult it is to observe teachers consistently and effectively. … Watch the Webinar →

Twitter has emerged both as an important source of news, information, and resources for educators as well as a valuable way to engage in a meaningful professional learning network. This webinar will provide a useful overview of Twitter and how it can inform and support the ongoing development and networking of K–12 … Watch the Webinar →

Grading with accuracy and consistency is an ever-present challenge for school administrators and educators. Grading has a long history of controversy, which suggests just how much is at stake in this daily practice. That said, the research on effective grading is proportionally rich, although many grading systems remain out … Watch the Webinar →

What are the most important elements for a secondary school to address when it wants to improve? How can school leaders identify and prioritize the features that will really make a difference for students? Based on the latest international research, Global Best Practices is a comprehensive self-assessment tool that helps … Watch the Webinar →

The design and implementation of flexible, personalized learning pathways is a critical component of Vermont’s ongoing school-improvement work, and the 11 members of Vermont’s League of Innovative Schools are actively developing engaging learning pathways for students in partnership with middle schools, career and … Watch the Webinar →

The last thing school leaders need is a 50-page action plan gathering dust on a bookshelf. And yet many school leaders and educators have spent weeks developing and refining action plans, establishing progress benchmarks, and assigning responsibilities, only to have their carefully considered plan largely abandoned and … Watch the Webinar →

Learning standards provide a detailed outline of the most critical knowledge and skills that students should acquire, but how can educators make sure they are moving students closer and closer to proficiency in the units and lessons they design? And how can teachers engage students in monitoring their own learning progress? … Watch the Webinar →

“The sheer number of standards is the biggest impediment to implementing standards,” Robert Marzano concluded in a study of state and national standards. While the Common Core State Standards have provided more clarity and guidance for educators than ever before, school leaders and teachers still need to make critical … Watch the Webinar →

The creation of multiple learning pathways for students has become a driving force in the effort to increase personalization in schools. Multiple pathways can dramatically increase learning opportunities for students, but they also present a variety of logistical and leadership challenges for schools. For example, how can … Watch the Webinar →

Strengthening school-wide instructional quality is perhaps the most critical—yet often the most elusive—goal for schools when they make the decision to improve. For this reason, teacher evaluation is often the target of reform, and many states, districts, and schools are working to develop new and more useful evaluation … Watch the Webinar →

During the transition into high school, incoming ninth-grade students face increasingly demanding academic expectations and social challenges—a situation that, without the right support systems in place, often leads to course failures, absences, behavioral problems, and higher dropout rates. Since research indicates that … Watch the Webinar →

We know that effective classroom teaching is the single strongest factor in improving student achievement. How is it, then, that most teachers operate without formative feedback from administrators or colleagues? While there is a growing consensus that most existing supervision and evaluation systems are simply not working, … Watch the Webinar →

Research has shown that professional learning groups (PLGs) are perhaps the single most effective, affordable, and sustainable professional development strategy available to schools. For too long, teachers have worked largely in isolation, rarely sharing what works or questioning what doesn’t. Yet thousands of schools … Watch the Webinar →