Des Moines Public Schools and Drake University are co-sponsoring the conference "Transforming Systems through Standards-Based Learning" on June 22. 

The conference will have an emphasis on secondary buildings and educators and will consist of a keynote in the morning, two breakouts in the morning, lunch on-site, teacher highlight speakers over lunch and two afternoon breakouts. The breakouts will be facilitated largely by DMPS teachers and leaders, as they lead learning on how DMPS has implemented standards-referenced learning, including grading and reporting, at a large district. However, outside-of-DMPS presenters will be there as well.

Conference organizers hope to draw in Iowa educators who are looking at how to start authentic standards-based learning (including grading and reporting), help teachers who are trying things on their own and support secondary educators who are looking for new ideas to try. Registration is now open; this link offers details and specifics about the conference.

For questions about the conference, contact Becca Lindahl at Becca is a Heartland AEA consultant supporting Des Moines Public Schools in their K-12 implementation of standards-based learning, including grading and reporting.