Near East South Asia - Council of Overseas Schools

Utilities Container

Search Trigger (Container)

Mobile Menu Trigger (Container)

Off-Canvas Container

Standards-Based Learning System Summit

Introducing an all-new 3-Day Summit

Implementing a Standards-Based Learning System:
Structures, Systems, and Strategies

Developed in partnership between

Project AERO & the NESA Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC)

January 23-25, 2020

The American International School of Muscat, Oman

In Conjunction with the NESA 2020 Winter Training Institute

In this 3-day summit, we will explore practical systems, structures, and strategies that support the implementation of a Standards-Based Learning System (SBLS). Come with your team to dig deeper into an SBLS. Standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment must be aligned in order for us to assess and report in a meaningful way. We will share our successes and challenges, and examine the pedagogical shifts essential to making student learning the goal in your classrooms. Your team will leave with new ideas on how to adapt and implement an SBLS within your school setting.

FACILITATORS: Project AERO Faculty and Members of NESA's PDAC


Any school engaged in a Standards-Based Learning System is encouraged to send a representative team of 3 to 5, including teachers and at least one administrator.

Register teams over three, and get the fourth registration free!

Why this Summit?

The premise of Standards-Based Learning is that every student can reach higher levels of achievement if certain criteria are met. To this end, an SBLS integrates teaching, learning, assessing, and reporting in an ongoing teaching/learning cycle that guides students towards meeting grade-level learning targets. Learning is the focus: a well-implemented SBLS creates a culture where learners and teachers view teaching as a means to achieving proficiency, rather than points or grades.

Transforming your school to a standards-based culture of learning can be messy. To succeed on the journey, two elements are required: Standards Literacy (a deep understanding of the structure of the standards) and Standards Alignment (curriculum, instruction, and assessment are in alignment).

Professional development in this area and the successful implementation of an SBLS is the foundation for providing more opportunities for student learning. It will open the door to healthy dialogue about student learning between students, parents and educators.

Expectations & Outcomes

  • Become familiar with the research and history behind the standards-based learning system movement.

  • Examine and reflect on the structures and strategies which must be in place to effectively implement a Standards-Based Learning System.

  • Learn how participating schools have implemented various components of an SBLS.

  • Reflect on your school’s journey to date; share successes and challenges with colleagues.

  • Leave with new ideas on structures and strategies to refine and strengthen an SBLS in your school setting.
Change is messy and never easy. Change with a purpose though can be beneficial. When that change is for the betterment of our students and their learning it cannot be underestimated.
— Abe Rodemeyer