Don Smith has 15 years of professional experience in public schools. Don is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School District of Waupaca, in Wisconsin. He also works in a curriculum role with the Winneconne School District and Mayville School Districts, assisting the Directors of Curriculum in those respective districts. Prior to his current role, Don was the principal at Fond du Lac STEM Academy and Fond du Lac STEM Institute, as well as the the District Assessment Coordinator for the Fond du Lac Area School District (WI). Don continually leads professional development sessions centered on research based practices in instruction and assessment. His primary areas of expertise and support with FIRST include: professional learning communities, assessment and grading, culture, and evidence-based decision making.