Click on the link below to view the PowerPoint presentation shared with School Board members at meetings held in October 2013.

“Learning Design”

Formerly Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (or “CIA”)

…and Professional Development –

…all about learning and teaching!


Here is a snapshot of our collective work!

Assessment = the “How we Know” students are learning (and Reporting)

  • Supporting the analysis and use of data – using multiple data support systems

  • Using summative assessments – such as New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, VT’s current state assessment of student learning, soon to be Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC, as assessments “OF” learning

  • Increasing use of more formative, local, common assessments at schools, grade levels/clusters, and departments/content areas to assess “FOR” learning, as well as “OF” learning

  • Supporting Professional Learning Communities, “PLCs,” and Data Teams to look at student work and data, and collaborate to improve learning and teaching

  • Learning effective grading practices and working to build a common RNESU-wide Evidence-Based Reporting System

Instruction = the “How” of teaching

  • Collaborating with principals and other administrators to foster high quality learning opportunities for all students

  • Fostering this as the high priority for us – where the rubber meets the road!

  • Working toward transformation, personalization, project based, problem focused, student driven, integrated orientation to learning, 21st Education

  • Supporting our articulated definition of teaching in “Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching”…aligned with our Supervision and Evaluation System, as well as our Peer Mentoring program

Curriculum = the “What” of learning

  • Directing the planning, improvement, implementation, and evaluation of the RNESU Curriculum – across all content areas; now aligning with the RNESU Compact, Common Core State Standards CCSS, Next Generation Science Standards, and more

  • Supporting the implementation of mission driven, coherent, viable, rigorous, and relevant curriculum across all areas, with “essential learnings” for all students

  • Moving from the VT Framework to the Common Core of State Standards (CCSS) as a base – along with our collective best practices and research base for what works well

Professional Learning/Staff Development = the “How we continually learn” to improve our professional practice

  • Working with multiple committees and councils to achieve all of the above; supporting teachers and staff to continue to learn and remain on the cutting edge of research and sound practice

  • Working to balance consistency of the quality of practice while differentiating learning; also working to embed PD more into ongoing daily work of professionals

  • Working toward more personalized and project base professional development

  • Connecting our work regionally, statewide, and nationally!

Manage Grants to Support “CIA” Work

  • Working closely with Leadership Team (Brenda and Beth!) and other colleagues to write and maintain relevant grants, programs, strategies, amendments and reports to support CIA work, and to manage the proper use and investments of funds

Structure of “CIA” Office at RNESU

In addition to the work of collaborative committees and groups above, Edie directs

  • Linda Horn, our Mathematics Teacher Leader/Coach K-8,

  • Beth Rand, who assists all of us to be well organized, leading, responsive, and service oriented!

  • Multiple Teacher Leaders who are facilitating work and Consultants who are supporting our work in literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, mentoring, and other high priority areas,

  • Instructional Innovation/Technology Integration Coach (Position open)

  • SAP Counselor, Student Assistance for substance prevention and intervention (Open)

Curriculum Staff

Andy Kepes - Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Beth Rand - Assistant to the Director of Curriculum

Linda Horn - Mathematics Teacher Leader

Laura King Literacy Teacher Leader

JC Sharrow- Social Studies Teacher Facilitator

Mary Desforges - Mentor Coordinator