About Us and Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission: 
Make teaching and learning explicit, transparent, and accessible for ALL students.

We founded SmartEd Systems because we're passionate about student learning, and  want to improve education for all kids. By providing students ongoing feedback as to what is expected, what they can do to meet expectations, and showing them the criteria needed to be successful, students become more engaged in their own learning.  

Our professional learning team coaches teachers and administrators on how to write rubrics that are clear, specific, and aligned with the standards they are addressing.  Our team has successfully implemented proficiency-based scoring in their own schools and has a proven method to make it successful in yours!

Our Team

Our team consists of educators and administrators who have experience in the classroom, as administrators, as school board members, and union representatives. They know how to navigate the challenging education environment when it comes to changing culture to better teaching and learning.

Jim Westrick

CEO and Founder

Katherine Holden


Steve Retzlaff


Richard Westrick