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Implementing and Sustaining a Standards-Based Learning System: Structures, Systems and Strategies (Post Pandemic)


Erma Anderson

OCTOBER 5, 2020 - FEBRUARY 22, 2021

WITH a culminating DISCIPLINARY LITERACY Summit MARCH 5-6, 2021


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Series Overview

COVID-19 has created numerous challenges for schools, but it has also demonstrated what we have always known: that international educators are creative and resourceful in continuation of their goal to provide equitable, rigorous learning opportunities—regardless of learning environment—for ALL students. As schools are reopening and adjusting to the new normal, sustaining a Standards-Based Learning System (SBLS) is critical, and will not happen by chance. It requires a plan.

This NESA Networked Learning Series on SBLS is an opportunity for school teams to learn, reflect, and share strategies. The emphasis will be on curriculum, instruction, assessment, and reporting. Since it will be delivered virtually, the program allows large school teams in their school locales to work together.

This offering is not a repeat of the January 2020 SBLS Summit in Muscat, Oman. It is an important extension of that conversation that will help teams dig deeper, reflect on the current context, and work together to sustain their SBLS.

Participants will earn a NESA Certificate of Completion.


The components of an SBLS will be addressed in 5 modules across 10 sessions.

Each module will contain:

  • An overview of the component
  • Continuum for team reflection
  • Questions for guiding team reflection and discussion
  • Readings and Research

Each module will span two sessions. The first session will be a 1-hour overview of the research underlying each component. Each team will then reflect and discuss using the guiding questions and continuum provided. The second 1-hour session will be for sharing and discussion across schools.

Spring Summit

The Series will culminate with a Disciplinary Literacy Summit MARCH 5-6, 2021.

Target Audience

School Teams (Applicable to: Directors, Principals, Directors of Teaching and Learning, Department Heads, Instructional Coaches)

Session Times

All sessions: 3:00-4:00pm GMT+2 (Athens, Greece time)

Session Dates

October 5, 2020
October 19, 2020
November 2, 2020
November 16, 2020
November 30, 2020
December 14, 2020
January 11, 2021
January 25, 2021
February 8, 2021
February 22, 2021
March 5-6, 2021: Disciplinary Literacy Summit








Learning Progressions: Linking Curriculum Instruction & Assessment

How are we using learning progressions to maximize the instructional value of our formative data?


Assessing / Reporting

Reporting: Making Data Informed Decisions

What data is used to measure and report student progress?


Professional Development

Professional Development with the Student In Mind

What data is used in the evaluation of the effectiveness of professional learning efforts?


Monitoring & Program Evaluation / Leadership

Monitoring & Measuring Program Impact on Student Learning

What data is used to monitor and measure impact of programs on student learning?


Vision / Stakeholders

Engaging Stakeholders with Your Vision

How effective are we in engaging stakeholders in our vision of SBL?

Steve Barkley

Erma Anderson

Science & Mathematics Consultant, including with the U.S. State Department's Office of Overseas Schools



Erma Anderson is a former high school physics and mathematics teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow in the US Senate. She was a Senior Program Officer with the National Research Council assisting in the development of the National Science Education Standards and a Christa McAuliffe Fellow with the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education.

She has worked with the National Science Teachers Association on several projects including the Mentoring Initiative e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS), development of sciLINKS (, and Project Manager of Scope, Sequence and Coordination of Secondary School Science.

Registration Fees

All fees quoted are in US Dollars (USD), are per school, and include unlimited educator attendance.

An invoice will be sent following registration.

  • NESA Member School Team: $1000/school
  • NESA Affiliate School Team: $1000/school
  • Non-Member School Team: $1500/school

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