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What Is Competency-Based Education? An Updated Definition

November 2019. This report updates the field's 2011 working definition of competency-based education, which helped to build the field and create common understandings of key elements in competency-based systems among stakeholders. Competency-based education is being implemented at deeper levels in more schools every year. It is a major shift in school culture, structures, and pedagogy focused on…


Aligning Education Policy with the Science of Learning and Development

October 2019. This report analyzes recent learning sciences research and provides nine recommendations to address a critical need: how can education policy support and align with the science of learning and development? Research on how students learn and develop is providing teachers, practitioners, and policymakers with insights on how to help students learn and grow academically and…


A Strategic Reflection on the Field of Competency-Based Education

October 2019. Schools and districts across the United States are realizing the promise of competency-based education – transforming the culture and structure of the traditional time-based system into one that is designed to help every student succeed. View this archived webinar to hear Susan Patrick and Eliot Levine reflect on the current state of competency-based education. Gain…


Supporting Educators Transitioning to a Competency-Based and Personalized Learning System

September 2019. The journey to competency-based education (CBE) is often filled with lessons, challenges, detours, setbacks, and successes. Though there are many on-ramps to future-focused student-centered learning models, the shift typically begins with a question: how can we do better on behalf of our young learners to adequately prepare them for life after K-12 education? This webinar…


Modernizing the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education: State Policy Recommendations

July 2019. This issue brief highlights state policy opportunities to create a shared vision to modernize professional learning for educators in a K-12, competency-based education system. Educators will be prepared for a future-focused profession that better meets the 21st-century demands of student learning and workforce needs. In it, we make five recommendations to leverage the unique role…


An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

May 2019. Competency-based education, also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based or performance-based education, is a system of education designed to equitably ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career and life. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what…


Reimagining Credentialing in Partnership with Higher Ed

May 2019. The webinar will begin by setting some policy context about key trends in educator credentialing, before delving into a specific case study of an innovative new Master’s program developed in partnership between online learning leader Southern New Hampshire University and education design lab 2Revolutions. Participants will explore how this program seeks to ensure educators experience…


Implementing the Future of Educator Learning

April 2019. This archived webinar begins with participants defining their vision for the future of professional learning. They consider the shifts associated with a transformed professional learning model and explore a free toolbox of professional learning resources that can be used to promote personalized, competency-based learning for educators. Finally, participants asked questions from a panel of schools,…


Envisioning the Future of Educator Learning

April 2019. For students to experience the future of learning, we need to transform educator learning. This webinar is the first in a three-part series focused on envisioning and realizing the future of educator learning. Participants are invited to attend all or part of this series. In this first webinar of the series, we investigate the current…


Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce: Federal Policy Recommendations for Professional Learning and Supporting Future-Focused, Competency-Based Education Systems

March 2019. This issue brief highlights federal policy opportunities to improve and modernize professional learning and development for educators for competency-based education systems. Three policy recommendations are identified: diversifying pathways into the teaching profession, catalyzing innovation to redesign teacher preparation, and developing meaningful systems of assessments and evaluation. The brief also articulates specific policy actions for each…