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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…


Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

January 2019. iNACOL’s new publication, Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education, re-envisions professional practice, learning and development for educators in competency-based education. As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. Moving Toward Mastery describes a teaching profession…


Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

December 2018. Authors of the report, Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education, Chris Sturgis and Katherine Casey share an overview of the 16 Quality Design Principles to guide the development of competency-based learning with the goal of creating a system in which every student succeeds. As states, districts and schools re-design education systems, the 16 Quality Design Principles…


Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

November 2018. This publication re-envisions professional practice, learning and development for educators in competency-based education. As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. Moving Toward Mastery describes a teaching profession that is equity-oriented, learning-centered and lifelong; it recommends 15 strategies…


Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

October 2018. This book, developed with input involving practitioners as part of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, offers 16 Quality Design Principles to guide the development of competency-based learning with the goal of creating a system in which every student succeeds. While producing high-quality schools certainly requires attention to the structure, policy and operations, it…


Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

July 2018. The role of public education has never been more important – it is the bedrock of democracy. Competency-based education holds promise as a uniquely powerful model for fostering equity, but only if equity is an intentional design feature embedded in the culture, structure and pedagogy. In a recent report titled, Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based…


Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality K-12 Competency-Based Education Systems

June 2018. Competency-based education is gaining momentum and visibility nationally. To advance the field with quality and fidelity, CompetencyWorks developed a logic model defining key elements and levers of high-quality competency-based systems to accelerate research and advance the implementation of high-quality models. In a recent report titled, Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and…


Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems

May 2018. Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems, uses logic model frameworks to convey relationships between essential levers (outcomes, drivers and mediating factors) that inform the design of competency-based education systems and critical components of competency-based practice at four interdependent levels (student experience, professional practice of educators, district…


Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

April 2018. This publication offers equity strategies for personalized, competency-based education to ensure a more equitable K-12 education system. Districts and schools can use the equity principles within this report to develop an equity agenda within their personalized, competency-based systems. Competency-based education systems, designed to ensure all students achieve success, holds promise as a uniquely powerful model…