Laurie Robinson Sammons

Laurie Robinson Sammons

Laurie Robinson Sammons uses her expertise to help K–12 schools develop and implement sustainable best practices for a variety of topics and initiatives, including PLCs, curriculum design, assessment, instructional practice, intervention, and differentiation.

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Laurie Robinson Sammons

Laurie Robinson Sammons uses her expertise to help K–12 schools develop and implement sustainable best practices for a variety of topics and initiatives, including PLCs, curriculum design, assessment, instructional practice, intervention, and differentiation.

Laurie has served as an outreach specialist and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota and has partnered with hundreds of school districts in the United States and Canada to develop accurate and dependable summative and formative assessments aligned to instruction. In addition, she facilitates strategic planning for business communities, school districts, and universities to align their mission, vision, values, and SMART goals to 21st century preparation.

She specializes in the development of common assessments created around essential learning outcomes, leading to standards-based reporting and specific student-feedback tools. Laurie is former district curriculum coordinator of Grand Forks Public Schools in North Dakota. The leadership she provided in this position is the culmination of 35 successful years as a student-focused educator.

Laurie’s career has taken her inside the classroom as a K–9 teacher and middle school reading specialist. Additionally, she has trained teachers nationally in Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies, Understanding by Design, Robert J. Marzano’s instructional strategies, the 6+1 Trait© Writing framework, and differentiated instruction. She was named Teacher of the Year by her colleagues, and in 2002, she received a Fulbright Teacher Scholarship to participate in an exchange program in Japan focusing on educational reform. As an active community member, Laurie has served on many educational foundations, which annually grant thousands of dollars to needs-based educational programs.

Assessment Center

Assessment Center experts have proven success in developing and implementing sustainable assessment practices that garner hope through achievement. Work with them to create assessment systems that provide accurate, meaningful, and actionable information to drive student learning.

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Common Core

Common Core experts will work with you to ensure you have the capacity and know-how to embed the standards throughout your practice. Work with them to unpack standards and align instruction and assessment practices to the Common Core standards across content areas.

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PLC at Work™

Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad, and Tim Brown, the champions of PLC at Work™, are among the foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools. They consult with state departments, professional organizations, and school districts worldwide on strategies for improving schools.

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RTI at Work™

RTI at Work™ experts focus on learning for all students and will empower you to build your own timely, targeted, and systematic intervention program. Work with them to implement a results-driven program that provides targeted instruction at all tiers of intervention.

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Unstoppable Learning

Unstoppable Learning experts have deep expertise in instructional practices that lead to student achievement. Work with them on topics like academic vocabulary, close reading, gradual release of responsibility, and other practices that directly increase teacher effectiveness in the classroom.

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Presentation titles by Laurie Robinson Sammons

  • The Dynamic Duo: PLC and Assessment
  • Differentiating With a Laser Focus: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Developing Meaningful Feedback
  • Creating Common Formative and Summative Assessments
  • Building Collaborative Cultures With Crucial Conversations
  • 5 Keys to Accurate and Dependable Assessment
  • Get Started and Then Get Better! Basic Tenets of Highly Collaborative Teams
  • Standards-Based Reporting and 21st Century Grading Practices
  • Assessing Students Responsively Through Differentiation
  • Planning With the Future in Mind: Mission, Vision, Values, and Smart Goals

“Very engaging style, research based, but not overwhelming. Interactive training worked well. You are one of the best presenters ever.”

Stephanie Cross, head of science, Lawrence Family Development Charter School, Massachusetts

“Informative and presented in an interesting fashion—great sense of humor and totally engaging!”

Elizabeth Barrett, teacher, Rye Elementary School, New Hampshire