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Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners: Promising Practices and Considerations for Teaching and Learning

July 2017. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the promising practices and trends in personalized learning and competency-based education for English language learner (ELL) students. This paper shares case studies and examples from schools and programs that are currently creating personalized, competency-based learning environments for ELL students. This paper is designed for practitioners, including educators and education…


Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-based Education Systems and other Deeper Learning Efforts

June 2017. Assessment literacy has traditionally evoked measurement principles such as validity and reliability accompanied by complex equations, statistical terms, and images of normal curves, ogives, and error bands. We have to come to recognize that assessment literacy is better conceptualized as the knowledge and skills associated with designing, selecting, interpreting, and using high-quality assessments to improve…


Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

June 2017. The purpose of this paper is to explore and reflect on the ideas that state policy needs to address in the long term to support a transformation to competency-based education systems designed to ensure equity so all students can be truly ready for success. We explore threshold concepts (“core concepts, that once understood, are needed…


In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System

June 2017. This paper seeks to identify what makes up the structures of a competency-based system and launches an exploration of what we might ask or see in a competency-based district and school that would be identified as high quality. This paper explores three questions related to defining what high quality means in a competency-based district or…


An Introduction to the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education

June 2017. This paper provides an overview of the goals of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, the four papers that form the basis of discussion at the Summit, and a glossary of terms used in the four papers. CompetencyWorks is hosting the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education in Denver, Colorado on June 21-23, 2017.…


Meeting Students Where They Are

June 2017. This paper, written by a team from reDesign, provides school and district leaders with an in-depth exploration of the relational, pedagogical, and structural dimensions of meeting students where they are in personalized, competency-based systems of education. It is organized around three driving questions: 1. How do we know where students are? 2. What do we…


In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Personalized, Competency-Based Education

June 2017. This paper seeks to unpack the concept of equity, review key equity strategies that have been developed to serve historically underserved students, and offer an initial framework to launch discussion at the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education. In this paper, three important concepts are introduced: 1.  A definition of educational equity to guide the…


Quill

May 2017. Quill.org provides free online tools to help low-income students become sharp writers. Their mission is to help the 30 million low-income K-12 students in the United States who struggle with writing. Quill currently provides four writing tools that enable students to build writing, grammar, and proofreading skills. In 2011, a Department of Education study found that 76%…

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Teaching with a Growth Mindset

May 2017. Colorado’s District 51 is in its first year of implementing a performance-based (or competency-based) system. They are intentionally building a thriving culture rooted in growth mindset. According to Carol Dweck, “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work — brains and talent are just the…


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) & Accessibility in K-12 Education: Designing Learning to Serve All Students

May 2017. Digital accessibility is essential to provide educational opportunities for all students, including students with disabilities. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve teaching and learning based on learning sciences and the creative uses of digital technologies. UDL creates learning environments that are designed to be open and accessible to all students, helps…