Rethinking Accountability in Education Explored in Webinar From Pearson

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Panel of Education Thought Leaders to Discuss Leveraging Authentic Assessment for Student-Centered Teaching and Learning

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As our nation’s more than 50 million K-12 students head back to school, best practices for student-centered learning is a hot topic among educators and policy makers. To spark that conversation, Pearson is hosting a free webinar, Accountability and Assessments to Support Student-Centered Teaching and Learning, featuring education thought leaders around the country.

Moderated by Susan Patrick, president and CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the online panel will explore accountability for the future and how authentic systems of assessments can tie accountability to student-centered teaching and learning while ensuring essential educational equity. In addition to iNACOL, the webinar features panelists from KnowledgeWorks, a non-profit social enterprise that works to foster meaningful personalized learning that enables every student to thrive in college, career and civic life.

In this webinar, education leaders will pose questions to the policy thought leaders and explore crucial questions, such as:

What kinds of assessment systems best support student-centered learning?
How can authentic assessments fit into an accountability framework?
What are the essential design elements to ensure equity when developing new forms of accountability?
How do competency education approaches change the conversation around assessments and accountability?

Free Webinar, Accountability and Assessments to Support Student-Centered Teaching and Learning

Moderator: Susan Patrick, president and CEO, iNACOL
Patrick is the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, she worked for Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull as legislative liaison on technology policy issues. Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.

Virgel Hammonds, chief learning officer, KnowledgeWorks
Hammonds partners with national policymakers and local learning communities throughout the country to redesign learning structures to become more learner-centered and based on proficiency, rather than seat time. He previously served as superintendent of Regional School Unit 2 in Maine, where he collaborated with five communities to develop and implement a curriculum designed to ensure mastery of standards by all students. Before serving as superintendent, Hammonds was a high school principal at Lindsay Unified School District in California. He earned his bachelor of arts from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and his master of education from Fresno Pacific University.

Lillian Pace, senior director of national policy, KnowledgeWorks
Pace works to bridge the divide between Washington and the education system by providing policymakers and national leaders with insight into successful education reform. She came to KnowledgeWorks after directing the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Dale Kildee (Mich.). Pace was Legislative Director for Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.) during his tenure on the House Education and Labor Committee. She received her master’s of public policy degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a focus in urban policy and her bachelor of arts degree in public policy and journalism from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

Maria Worthern, vice president for federal and state policy, iNACOL
Prior to joining iNACOL, Worthern served as education policy advisor to the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa). She also worked at the U.S. Department of Education, serving as Congressional liaison in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, program officer in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Presidential management fellow in the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in government and Italian; language and literature from Smith College and a master’s in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Education Leaders:
Mary Graham, 8th grade language arts teacher, Creston Middle School, Indianapolis
John Marschhausen, Ph.D., superintendent, Hilliard City School District, Columbus, Ohio
WHEN: 4 pm EST, Thursday, August 27

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About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

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