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Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England

January 2017. Competency education is expanding across the country as a means to ensure all students are mastering the skills and knowledge to be successful in college, career and civic life. This webinar draws on lessons learned and insights from leaders and policymakers in New England and is intended for district leadership and policymakers seeking to introduce…


Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England

October 2016. This paper explores K-12 competency-based education policy and practice across six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. This paper explores the core concepts of competency education, detailing the limitations of the traditional system, and how competency education is designed explicitly for equity and student success. Author Chris Sturgis then dives…


A Reflection on the Field of K-12 Competency-Based Education and Emerging Issues

September 2016. States, districts and schools across the United States are realizing the shortcomings of the traditional seat-time based K-12 system and demanding more for their students. As a result, many leaders and practitioners are making the shift to competency-based education and designing new, personalized learning opportunities to better prepare students for college and 21st-century careers. As…


What Is Competency-Based Education?

April 2016. Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. The concept behind competency education is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery of learning targets, rather than the number of hours spent in a classroom. By redesigning the education system around actual student learning, we will effectively…


Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016. This paper explores how an Alaskan school district shifted from a traditional K-12 education system to a personalized, competency-based system, embedded in the culture of the community, which led to increased student achievement. Chugach School District (CSD) first implemented competency education over twenty years ago, paving the way in developing a system founded on student…


Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. This paper describes effective district implementation strategies to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students’ needs. This paper highlights strategies to engage, motivate, and teach all students to proficiency and mastery; depicts shifts in instruction toward deeper learning and meaningful assessments for learning; while exploring models of distributed…


CompetencyWorks: Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

June 2015. On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, iNACOL hosted a Leadership Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed their recently co-authored CompetencyWorks report titled, Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts. In May 2014, twenty-three technical assistance providers convened to discuss the implementation of…


CompetencyWorks—Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. On Thursday, June 25, iNACOL hosted a Special Edition Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed the recent CompetencyWorks report titled, Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders. Over the past five years, Chris visited competency-based schools and districts throughout the country…


Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015. This report includes information on implementing blended, competency-based education. It discusses the implications of personalized learning as a main pillar of school design, structured around ensuring equity and quality. To assist school and district leaders in their efforts, the report emphasizes five fundamental conditions that are required to shift to personalized learning models: Leadership: Updating the…


Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education

January 2014. The purpose of this report is to explore how to redesign grading systems to best help students gain the skills necessary to be successful. This report explains the weaknesses of traditional grading systems, and how to redesign grading along the 6 elements of competency-based grading. It highlights lessons learned from the field, such as transparency, community…