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Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education

February 2013. This report analyzes the components of effective competency-based information systems. Based on interviews and research, the ideas portrayed reflect lessons learned, best practices, and emerging opportunities. Read this paper to find role-specific strategies to make informed decisions, support new competency-based learning models, and to catalyze change in education.


Competency Works: Spanning the Grades: A District Perspective on Implementing Competency Education

February 2013. This webinar provides practitioners, advocates and policymakers with the opportunity to hear directly from leaders at MSAD 15. Located in Gray-New Gloucester, Maine, these innovators began transforming their district to a student-centered, proficiency-based model. This webinar addresses the following questions: Why did MSAD 15 decide to embrace a proficiency-based model? What was the pre-implementation process?…


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…


Competency Works: Re-Engineering for Competency Education: Information Technology Design Considerations

February 2013. This Competency Works Webinar is #5 in a Series of 6. Competency-based learning is fundamental to design of new learning models that are student-centered and personalized. While competency-based learning has been an important concept for student-centered learning for decades, not until now did the capability for intelligent information systems — content management systems, learning management…


Competency Works: Student Experience: Pacing and Personalization

February 2013. This webinar provides practitioners, advocates and policymakers a chance to hear directly from practitioners about their experiences. The discussion centers on two very different models structured on the concept of progress upon mastery: Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy (MPTPA) and Schools for the Future (SFF). You will be able to learn about the following:…


CompetencyWorks: Creating a Transparent Master and Assessment System: Creating Systems of Assessments

February 2013. This CompetencyWorks webinar describes how competency-based schools develop dynamic systems of assessments. During the webinar, you will learn about specific schools that have developed proficiency-based learning models and associated assessment tools. View this webinar to learn how to design performance tasks, as well as the implications for school capacity building.


Federal and State Policy: What Is Needed for Digital Learning?

February 2013. Two of the nation’s leading experts on digital education policy at both the federal and state level will provide an overview, recommendations and strategies for taking action in online and blended learning. Federal and state education policies play an important role in removing barriers and enabling new models of competency-based, online and blended learning. Learn…


Competency Works: Aligning Competencies with the Common Core

January 2013. This webinar provides practitioners, advocates and policymakers a chance to hear from Boston Day and Evening Academy leadership on the process they use to design competencies, ensure alignment with the Common Core State Standards, and respond to the needs of their students. Review this webinar to learn about how Boston Day and Evening Academy, a…


Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education

November 2012. Authors of this work highlight 10 schools participating in the Proficiency-Based Pathways Project (PBP), in order to understand mastery-based approaches on a deeper level. Participating schools are located in rural, suburban, and inner-city regions of New England. The report examines the following issues based on the collective experiences of the schools: The creation of a…


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…