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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…


An Introduction to Competency-Based Education

April 2015. On Friday, April 3, iNACOL hosted a Special Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Sandra Dop of the Iowa Department of Education. The concept is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery, rather than how much time is spent in a classroom. Competency-based education is a fundamental shift toward…


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…


Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

October 2014. This report provides an overview of how competency-based learning can provide the skills and training necessary to develop a next generation workforce. The paper discusses the new skills that educators will need, policy shifts that will need to occur, pre-service and credentialing, professional development, and evaluation. They provide case studies, including Western Governors University Teachers…


An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014. An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad seeks to highlight components of competency education in international practice, to inform US policymakers and decision makers seeking to implement high-quality competency pathways at the state or local level. Other countries are studying our innovations, and we are studying theirs. This report first reviews the definition…


Aligning K-12 State Policy with Competency Education

September 2014. This CompetencyWorks brief provides an introduction to competency education with a snapshot of states’ policies regarding competency education. The report notes how states are advancing competency-based learning, and it describes eight ways that states can upgrade their policies.


Aligning K-12 Federal Policy with Competency Education

September 2014. This CompetencyWorks brief provides an introduction to competency education and insight into how federal policy can remove barriers and catalyze competency education. The report provides a snapshot of competency-based state policy throughout the U.S., and it explains what individual states are doing to advance competency education.


CCSSO Innovation Lab Network: Transforming Systems Through Policy, Practice and Structure (Number 1 of 3)

April 2014. This webinar highlights how the ILN program has provided transformational system supports in Kentucky and Wisconsin. Educational leaders from each state will share implementation strategies, sustainability opportunities and promising practices. The ideas shared in this webinar can be applied to any educational system. CCSSO and iNACOL are partnering to present a series of three webinars…


A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change

February 2014. This report discusses a student-centered federal policy framework designed to advance the growth of competency education. The authors argue that the current traditional system fails students, and it is time to reframe quality, accountability, and access. The traditional education system is often reinforced by federal, state, and local governments through outdated compliance requirements and funding…