General Standards Based Learning Resources
Rick Wormeli – Standards Based Learning Video
Rick Wormeli – Late Work Video
Rick Wormeli – Redos, Retakes, and Do-Overs Video
Rick Wormeli – Gradebooks Video
Rick Wormeli – Formative and Summative Video
Rick Wormeli -- Effecting Change Video (for leaders)
CVU Learns SBL Site: teacher professional development and learning site with links to examples.
Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Learning: Ed Leadership article--clear and concise
SBL KUD and Scales: used by CVUHS (@CVULearns) to guide professional development and the move to SBL.
SBL Videos: a great collection of videos--some general, some discipline specific, intended for a variety of audiences
vtpbgr: This is a site created by some folks that presented at the Rowland Conference this year.
Promoting a Culture of Learning: 10 steps teachers/schools can take to move towards SBL within a more traditional system
Herding Cats Video: this 1 minute advertisement works as a great metaphor for SBL--the students are the cats; the river is the target; and our job is to get all the cats across the river.
Why Grades Encourage Bad Habits by Kris Shaffer
A Tip Sheet for School Leaders: Principles of standards-based instruction and assessment
Implementing SBL in a traditional system: a great list of ways to work within your school to make change...without having to wait for the whole school to change first.
The Case Against Percentage Grades: Thomas Guskey's article from Ed Leadership (2013)
Grades Do More Harm than Good: Huffington Post
23 Ways Golf is Better than Classroom Assessment and Grading: article by the "Grade Doctor" Ken O'Connor.
Rick Wormeli's Website: full of great resources
Dr. Robert Duke: Why students don't learn what we think we teach (FANTASTIC video!!! Great for professional development)
Learning Target page from CVULearns
Reading, Writing, Speaking 9/10: from Darke County schools in Ohio, these targets are based on the CCSS in English Language Arts
Reading, Writing, Speaking 11/12: same as above
World History: Big Lake School District--formatting is a bit wonky, but provides specific, content-based examples of targets (perhaps too specific at times!)
Social Studies: Stoughton HS in Wisconsin has a nice collection of LTs for their history classes--a good place to get some ideas
Math: Questa Independent Schools created nice, clear documents based on the CCSS at all grade levels--scroll down to get to math and download their LT documents!
Instruction and Assessment Resources
PKL Resources: great site with explanations and examples of performance-based assessments, KUDs, and Learning Targets.
Can Skateboarding Save Our Schools? TED talk by Dr. Tae about why we can't grade practice. Excellent, short video for teachers or students.
It's All about the Relationships: blog post by a math teacher about the importance of relationships and community in SBL
Practice and Summatives: Excellent soccer video (2 min) that shows the relationship between practice and the "big game." The metaphor transfers to teaching so clearly here.
Practice and feedback: another soccer article about the importance of planning--can help teachers see the importance of practice and feedback in the classroom.
Late Work Policy: one teacher's policy that supports learning while maintaining sanity.
CVULearns Instruction and Assessment Page
ADL Habits of Learning Rubric
Reporting: Progress Reports, Report Cards, and Transcripts
Sample Spreadsheet Gradebook
Link to JumpRope Gradebook
ADL Grade 8 Report
ADL Grade 7 Report
ADL Grade 6 Report
Talking to Students, Parents, and Community Members
Rick Wormeli response to a parent of a high-achieving student with concerns about grading changes
Redefining Accountability: great chapter from Rick Wormeli's new collection of essays.
Changing the Metaphor of Grading: From Compensation to Communication
Blog Post to parents about the new report format in a class
Work Ethic and Preparation for College: how SBL prepares students for learning in college
College and Career Resources
Grades Pointless? USA Today article about colleges and GPAs
MIT Freshman Grading Policy: MIT gets rid of grades for freshmen
New England Colleges and Universities Endorse SBL
Standards-based grading in introductory university physics: research study
The Art of Changing the Brain by James Zull
Fair Isn't Always Equal by Rick Wormeli
The Collected Writings (So Far) of Rick Wormeli
A Repair Kit for Grading by Ken O'Connor
Switch by Dan and Chip Heath
Making Standards Useful in the Classroom by Robert Marzano
Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen
Differentiating Instruction by Carol Ann Tomlinson
Differentiation by Rick Wormeli
How People Learn by National Research Council
Drive by Daniel Pink
Blogs and Twitter
Here are some helpful blogs and Twitter accounts if you are just getting started with SBL. Please email me if you have others you would like me to add (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Blogs: We'll keep adding.
CVU Learns: One School's Journey to SBL
Garnet Hillman: Thoughts from the Trenches
Frank Noschese: Reflections on the Dynamics of Teaching
JumpRope: SBG Gradebook Blog
Grant Wiggins: Granted...thoughts on education
Open College's InformEd Blog
SBL Twitter Folks: Just a short list to get you started--then follow the folks they follow.
@CVULearns (Rinkema and Williams)
@compclass (Allison Zmuda)
@rhlearning (Bill Rich)
SBL Chat: if you tweet, join the weekly #sblchat. Wednesday nights at 9 EST. In addition, you can find out what is going on around the country by going to #sblchat at any time. And then follow all the educators whom you find there!
Professional Development Opportunities
Please let me know of other opportunities in or out of Vermont and I will post them!
Using Neuroscience to Make Standards Work: brought to you by the Vermont Higher Ed Collaborative, this series of 4 workshops can be taken individually or together as a 3-credit course.
Red House Learning: local educator and presenter Bill Rich provides a variety opportunities, from consulting to workshops to sustained professional development.
Vermont ASCD: The purposeful classroom