Professional Development

Exemplars offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for performance-based assessment and instruction.

By creating a hands-on experience where participants learn by doing, Exemplars professional development workshops and Institutes demonstrate how to use performance tasks to guide instruction, improve student learning outcomes, and meet today's standards.

Sessions focus on integrating authentic math problem solving, inquiry-based science, and student communication in the classroom.


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For more than two decades, Exemplars has helped thousands of educators bridge the gap between the written standards and classroom application.

Our full-day workshops for Math (K–12), Science (K–8), and Writing (K–8) are designed to assist schools and districts as they work toward professional development that generates immediate and sustained results.

Sessions are geared for audiences at all levels of leadership allowing for system-wide success through a shared vision and common goals.

Workshops for Teachers, Coaches, and Specialists

Workshops for Districts and School Leaders


New! Exemplars offers free "how to" webinars meant to provide ideas, inspiration, and support for educators interested in exploring rich performance-based instruction and assessment using our tasks, rubrics, and resource materials. Presenters feature educational experts, top-notch teachers, and Exemplars staff.

Take your teaching to the next level and join us for an upcoming session or watch an archived webinar on-demand.

Watch Webinars Live or On-Demand
Help Your Child Learn Math At Home: Strategies for Parents and Caregivers - September 30th at 7:00 ET
How To Do Rich Math Tasks Remotely - Watch On-Demand
How To Use 15 Technologies To Do Rich Tasks, Grades 3–5 - Watch On-Demand
How To Use 15 Technologies To Do Rich Tasks, Grades K–2 - Watch On-Demand


Throughout the year, Exemplars offers open-enrollment Institutes that are hosted by us. 

In these sessions, educators from around the nation join us in exploring performance-based instruction and assessment using our tasks, rubrics, and resource materials.

Whether your school/district is just getting started with Exemplars, you are an experienced user, or considering implementation of the program, our Institutes provide an environment to help you meet your goals.

2020 Sessions - On hold
K–5 Math Session, Litchfield, CT - On hold
K–5 Math Session, Brooklyn, NY - On hold

Planning for Services

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your school or district, Exemplars will work with you to meet your specific needs. Learn more »

Meet Our Instructors

With extensive backgrounds in assessment, curriculum development, classroom teaching, higher education, and technology, our professional development consultants are knowledgeable about state, national, and Common Core standards as well as performance assessment, portfolios, and using assessment information to improve student performance and classroom instruction.

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Jay Meadows

Math, Middle Grades

In addition to his role as Chief Education Officer, Jay is one of Exemplars primary task writers and professional development consultants for the middle level in mathematics and science.

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Suzanne Hood

Math, K - 5

Suzanne has been a professional mathematics educator for more than 22 years. She has also conducted a longitudinal study using Exemplars tasks.

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Robin Moore

Math, K - 8

Robin has been a math educator for more than 20 years. She has experience as a classroom elementary teacher, a K-8 Math Coordinator, and a K-12 STEM Coordinator.

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