Great Schools Partnership

Vermont Leading Proficiency Series

PBL Design Workshop for School Leaders

Intended Audience: high school principals, district curriculum leaders, instructional coaches & lead teachers

As Vermont schools engage in the work of implementing proficiency-based learning (PBL) systems, many school leaders are discovering the challenges of shifting to this new approach. Participants in this series will examine their school structures in light of their educational priorities and values. Facilitators will lead an investigation of PBL decision points and share resources, including related research, local examples, and other documents from the field. Facilitators will also lead a discussion of the PBL design trade-offs, challenges, and successes encountered so far. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of key decision points in designing assessment, grading, and reporting for PBL.

Facilitators will guide participating districts through an inquiry process shaped by guiding principles (below) and strengthened with approaches from the field that have worked. Facilitators will solicit implementation challenges & problems of practice from participating districts in order to meet specific needs in a timely way. There will be time for inter-district collaboration as well as team time for districts to apply new learning to their unique local contexts.

Learning Objectives: Systems approach, Change Strategies, and Communications

Capitol Plaza 
100 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Dates + Times (Series Full!)
March 20, 2018 | April 27, 2018 | May 25, 2018
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Team Registration
$2,400 per team of four ($200 per day, per person)
Add up to 3 additional members at a rate of $150 per day, per person.

Registration Fee includes: 
Light Breakfast, Lunch, and Afternoon Snack
Course Materials

Series Full! 

We are currently working to open a second site for the Vermont Proficiency Series to accommodate demand—If you are interested in sending one or more teams, please fill out the interest form and we will reach out to you when the details are finalized. 

Click here fill out the interest form!


Michael Martin, Ed.D, Director of Curriculum and Technology, Montpelier Public Schools
Mike McRaith, Principal, Montpelier High School

Series Sessions:

March 20, 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM | Session 1

April 27, 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM | Session 2

May 25, 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM | Session 3

Facilitator Biographies: