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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…


Meeting Students Where They Are

November 2018. Meeting Students Where They Are, written by Antonia Rudenstine, Sydney Schaef, Dixie Bacallao and Sarah Hakani of 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 K-12 competency-based education systems. Competency-based education models, designed to ensure equity for all students, are gaining…


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

August 2018. To build a vision for coherent, student-centered systems — and to encourage all stakeholders to take ownership of education innovation — we must take the long view in our approach to state policy. The work begins with unpacking brave new ideas about education, piece by piece, so that policymakers understand each issue that must be…


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…


A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States

June 2018. K-12 education is at the beginning of what many hope will be a systemic transformation toward high-quality, personalized learning for every student. Across the United States, personalized learning environments are being created in partnership with teachers. Personalized learning provides teachers with the tools to better meet each student’s needs and provide instructional models geared toward…


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…


An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

June 2018. 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…


Strategies for Teachers to Drive Student Agency through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning

May 2018. Research on motivation and engagement has established that creating opportunities for students to shape their educational experiences (i.e., student agency) is an essential ingredient for improving academic achievement. View this archived webinar to learn strategies to design learning experiences that drive student agency through inquiry-based, authentic learning in K-12 education. In inquiry-based learning, a question,…


The Science of Learning and Development and Its Implications for Transforming K-12 Education

May 2018. Learning and development science explains that social, emotional and cognitive domains are deeply intertwined in the learning process. Supporting the full integration of these dimensions within a positive school climate can dramatically improve K-12 student learning outcomes. To explore the learning sciences’ potential in K-12 education systems, iNACOL will host a webinar in conjunction with…


An Introduction to Student Exhibition Nights

April 2018. Educators across the nation are co-creating with students authentic, real-world personalized learning opportunities to promote deeper learning and prepare all students for success. Some schools are implementing student exhibition nights as a means for students to showcase projects, celebrate learning, and engage in interactive learning opportunities with their families, community members, and special guests. Exhibition…