Sara Monaco is the assistant superintendent for Smithfield Public Schools in Rhode Island. The Office of Curriculum and Instruction oversees curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning in Smithfield. The assistant superintendent, in collaboration with principals and educators, leads the district’s curriculum development in alignment with the state’s approved standards. An important piece of the curriculum development cycle is the adoption of high-quality instructional materials and programs that are aligned to standards and encourage best practices in instruction. Once these programs are adopted, this office ensures that teachers and staff receive ongoing professional learning focused on implementation in order to impact student learning. In addition, this office is responsible for the development and maintenance of a comprehensive assessment system that allows educators to closely monitor students’ progress.