SmithMaribeth D. Smith, Senior Project Director, Professional Development, Curriculum and Instruction, is one the leading practitioners and evaluators of student learning objectives nationally and has guided design team efforts in Denver, Austin, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg. She serves as lead evaluator and technical assistance provider within CTAC initiatives in educator evaluation systems, systemic reform, and performance-based compensation. She previously served as Associate Superintendent for Educational Planning and Development in Fremont Union High School District (CA). She has provided assistance at the school, district, state, union and board levels throughout the country. She was the co-lead author of It’s More Than Money; Tying Earning to Learning: The Link Between Teacher Compensation and Student Learning Objectives; Focus on Literacy: Professional Development Audit; Catalyst for Change (the summative Denver report on performance-based compensation); and New Directions in Christina (the summative report on systemic reform in Delaware’s largest district). She is one of the nation’s leading experts on school reform and redesign, pedagogy and evaluation, and instructional strategies to improve the student achievement of high needs learners. She was honored as Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year in California.