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Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. This paper describes effective district implementation strategies to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students’ needs. This paper highlights strategies to engage, motivate, and teach all students to proficiency and mastery; depicts shifts in instruction toward deeper learning and meaningful assessments for learning; while exploring models of distributed…


CompetencyWorks: Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

June 2015. On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, iNACOL hosted a Leadership Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed their recently co-authored CompetencyWorks report titled, Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts. In May 2014, twenty-three technical assistance providers convened to discuss the implementation of…


CompetencyWorks—Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. On Thursday, June 25, iNACOL hosted a Special Edition Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed the recent CompetencyWorks report titled, Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders. Over the past five years, Chris visited competency-based schools and districts throughout the country…


Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015. This report includes information on implementing blended, competency-based education. It discusses the implications of personalized learning as a main pillar of school design, structured around ensuring equity and quality. To assist school and district leaders in their efforts, the report emphasizes five fundamental conditions that are required to shift to personalized learning models: Leadership: Updating the…


Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education

January 2014. The purpose of this report is to explore how to redesign grading systems to best help students gain the skills necessary to be successful. This report explains the weaknesses of traditional grading systems, and how to redesign grading along the 6 elements of competency-based grading. It highlights lessons learned from the field, such as transparency, community…


Competency Works: The Learning Edge: Supporting Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment

April 2013. Learning in a competency-based environment means pushing students and adults to the edge of their comfort zone and competence—the learning edge. View this webinar to hear directly from the authors of The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment about emerging practices that ensure adequate supports are in place to help students…


Competency Works: The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment

March 2013. The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment delves into the fourth element of the definition of competency education: students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs. Understanding how to structure supports is important because learning in a competency-based environment means that students and adults are often on the edge…


Necessary for Success: A State Policymaker’s Guide to Competency Education

February 2013. Necessary for Success provides insights from state leaders on how to re-engineer policies and practices of our K-12 system. The authors introduce the main concepts behind competency-based learning, and they study important initial steps taken by states in developing this emerging model. Read this report and discover how state leaders create a culture of competency…


The Art and Science of Designing Competencies

July 2012. The Art and Sciences of Designing Competencies paper discusses how innovators in competency education develop competencies. Often this is referred to as a tuning process or reengineering process – mapping from what we want students to know and be able to do all the way backwards to the choices for curricular tasks and assessments. This…


It’s Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Summit

July 2011. From Anchorage, Alaska, to Orlando, Florida, and from Gray, Maine, to Yuma, Arizona, one hundred competency-based innovators gathered at the Competency-based Learning Summit in March 2011. Because pockets of innovation were operating in isolation, these leaders set out to expedite capacity-building to meet the growing demand for competency-based approaches. This paper highlights the following three…