Policy for Practitioners: Bridging the Divide

The shift to personalized and proficiency-based practices at the classroom, school, district, and system level necessitates changes to local and state policy. Far too often practitioners (i.e, teachers and building-leaders) are left out of policy conversations and end up feeling as though policy-changes are being made to them, not with them. As a practitioner, having an understanding of the policy landscape where you live and work empowers creative, proactive, innovative student-centered practices, elevates your voice in the building, and enables you to facilitate meaningful changes for students. This understanding can help educators distinguish between which practices are truly required, and which are simply perceived to be required among their peers. Participants will learn how policy can be a driver for change at the building and classroom level, and how it can protect practices in the face of district turnover. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the local policies that may be impacted by a switch to proficiency-based learning, review sample local policies, and discuss state and federal policy contexts.


Duke Albanese, senior policy advisor | Great Schools Partnership

Sarah Linet, policy specialist | Great Schools Partnership

Erin Dukeshire, senior associate | Great Schools Partnership


Link to Great Schools Partnership’s State + Local Policies Webpage

Presentation Slides
District Policy Exemplar: Graduation Standards
High Leverage Policy Framework


Starting Sept. 23, 2021

Principals' Professional Learning Group

  • 3:15 - 4:30 PM ET
  • Virtual, via Zoom
  • $550/person

Meets monthly, Sept. 2021 - May 2022

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