Making the Portrait of a Graduate Real: Personalizing Assessment and the Classroom


March 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grappone Center
Constitution Ave
Jan Yost, Executive Director

Schools across New Hampshire have created a vision for their students. Each district’s set of competencies and “portrait of a graduate” describes the skills, knowledge and habits that we want each student to achieve. But how do we help each student to meet that vision – while recognizing who they are as individuals?

Our workshop will focus on strategies to help you both personalize learning and meet the competencies. During this day-long session, we’ll have sessions on:

  • Personalizing Assessment. How can we personalize assessments to allow student “voice and choice” while still obtaining the assessment evidence we need? We’ll discuss a set of strategies, including digital badges and portfolios, project-based learning and task development that can let individual student achievement shine through. You will see how these strategies build on the assessments you already have in place.
  • Personalization in the Classroom. How can we manage personalization without going crazy? Stemming from the assessment techniques, we’ll discuss classroom practices that focus on competencies but also allow students to show their personal growth. In particular, we’ll look at “deep and joyful” techniques for student collaboration, fostering independence (self-management) and engaging students in social and emotional growth.
  • Demonstrations of the Whole Child. Part of our session will include conversations with school teams that are putting these ideas into action. You’ll hear from multiple schools that will describe what personalization means to them, and see how students fulfill the portrait of a graduate in their own way.

Please join us!




David Niguidula, Ed.D., has worked on issues of educational technology and school change for over three decades. He is the founder of Ideas Consulting, an edtech firm based in Providence, RI and the developer of the Richer Picture® platform. David has worked with schools around the world to successfully implement of digital badges and portfolios, to support initiatives including Extended Learning Opportunities, Individual Learning Plans, and Competency-Based Learning.  His latest book, Demonstrating Student Mastery with Digital Badges and Portfolios, was published in 2019 by ASCD.





Lori McEwen. Ph.D., is a change agent committed to the belief that all students can learn deeply and joyfully. Lori has served educators, students and families as a leader in urban, suburban and charter environments and as a teacher, researcher and consultant.  Prior to her current consulting work, she was Assistant Superintendent for the North Attleborough (MA) Public Schools, Chief of Instruction, Leadership and equity for the Providence (RI) Public Schools and Assistant Principal in Portsmouth, RI and Derry, NH. Some of her proudest achievements include providing leadership, vision and strategic direction for meaningful change–including the creation of personalized, mastery-focused high schools.



Registration Fees:  $195.00 for NHASCD Members; $245 for non-members

Early Bird Registration:  Must register on or before 12/1/20:  Members:  $145; Non-Members:  $195


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