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Educators and researchers will share their experiences developing and integrating self-direction instruction and assessment into New Hampshire’s statewide performance assessment for competency-based education (PACE) system and how self-direction was a key learning support for students during COVID-19 school closures. Presenters will share their work translating the research-informed skill of self-direction into practical tools and processes for teachers and students across all grades.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Summarize both the research supporting and the applied use of BEST’s self-direction rubric and evidence collection tools.
  2. Examine the self-direction rubric and tools and articulate how this might inform changes in the design and delivery of instruction in participants’ classrooms.
  3. Discuss the opportunities and challenges of instruction and assessment of self-direction for teachers, schools, and districts in both “in-person” and remote learning.


  • Karin Hess, President, Educational Research in Action | DrKarinHess
  • Wendy Surr, Senior Research Consultant, Surr Consulting | @WendySurr
  • Elizabeth Gouzoules-Walton, Social Studies Teacher, Rochester Middle School | @RMS_NH
  • Jessica Tremblay, Social Studies Teacher, Souhegan High School | @SouheganHS
  • Kathleen White, Director of Innovative Projects, New Hampshire Learning Initiative | @nhlearningin
  • Nicole Woulfe, Social Studies Teacher, Sanborn Regional Middle School
  • Tony Doucet, Teacher, Souhegan High School | @tonyd1982
  • Cathy Baylus, Teacher, Laconia Middle School | @LMSachems
  • Donna Moseley-Harvey, Teacher, Sanborn Regional School District | @MrsMoseley116