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How Teachers Can Create Powerful, Personalized, Productive Learning Experiences

January 2018. Teachers around the globe are implementing innovative practices and creating breakthrough learning models that dramatically improve student learning. There are rapid changes occurring in how teachers teach and how students learn, based on learning sciences research and youth development theory. How can teachers provide students with learning experiences where each student’s unique needs are addressed…


What Learners Need to Thrive in a Changing World: Building Richer Definitions of Student Success

January 2018. How can educators prepare the students of today for a challenging, unpredictable tomorrow? Education leaders and educators across the country are reframing and transforming K-12 education in America to ensure that students are building the skills they’ll need to succeed in the complex society of the future. They are working with their communities to develop…


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

January 2018. This paper explores and reflects on the issues state policy needs to address in the long-term to support a transformation of K-12 education systems. Personalized learning and competency-based education systems, designed to ensure equity, hold promise to prepare all students for success in college, career and civic life. This report shares strategies for policy to…


Rethinking State Accountability to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning in K-12 Education

December 2017. This issue brief shares state policy recommendations and resources for policymakers who are ready to rethink state accountability systems to support student-centered learning.  With the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states gain considerably more authority and autonomy over the design of school accountability systems. This shift in responsibility creates the opportunity…


Strategies for Teachers to Develop Students as Global Citizens

December 2017. In personalized learning models across the country, teachers are providing students with real-world learning opportunities, interconnected with the community, to develop important skills and dispositions that prepare them for a lifetime of success. Lincoln-West School of Global Studies (a high school within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District) is implementing a personalized, competency-based system with the…


Empowering Leaders and Teachers to Scale Personalized Learning

December 2017. Schools and districts across the country are transitioning toward personalized learning to provide opportunities for each student to succeed. Building capacity for leaders and teachers to thrive in personalized learning environments is an essential component of sustaining the transition to personalized learning and meeting the needs of all students. View this archived webinar to learn…


Redefining Student Success: Profile of a Graduate

November 2017. This policy issue brief provides recommendations for state policymakers to generate a shared vision for student success that prepares all students for college, career and civic life. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with an unprecedented opportunity to transform K-12 education systems with new flexibility. The new law makes it possible for state leaders…


How Teachers Can Spark Student Agency

November 2017. Creating educational opportunities for students to develop agency, voice and choice are critical to helping students develop the skills and dispositions to be successful in college, career and life. According to the World Economic Forum, the top-sought skills for employees in 2020 are predicted to include complex problem solving, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, and…


Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning

November 2017. This issue brief explores opportunities for states under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to rethink systems of assessments, and provides recommendations for state policymakers who are ready to support student-centered teaching and learning. Assessment is essential for understanding what students have learned and for providing transparency and fairness when it comes to certifying mastery…

Type: Issue Brief

Topics: Policy


Charting the Course for the Next Phase of K-12 Competency-Based Education

November 2017. K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a turning point. The steady march towards equality and justice within our country has changed the context for our education system. At the same time, rapid and unpredictable changes in society and culture have created new expectations for education, changing what we need…