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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.


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: 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…


Pain-Free Blogging Webinar for Competency Education Innovators: How to (Quickly) Turn Your Passion into Words

May 2012. This webinar is designed to introduce practitioners, educational leadership, and community members to the basics of blogging with a special focus on effective strategies for sharing your knowledge. Jami Bernard of Barncat Publishing provides an overview for getting started, a number of tips to help you dodge common mistakes, and how to have fun blogging.…

Author: Jami Bernard

Organization: CompetencyWorks


NACSA Viewpoint: Authorizing Online Learning

August 2011. Online learning is growing by 40% annually and creating new full- and part-time options for students and families. However, most charter school legislation, drafted in the early 1990s, is not inclusive to online learning opportunities. This paper addresses 3 key questions that state policymakers and authorizers need to answer: Who will operate and authorize online…


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…


Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

July 2011. Leaders and innovators in competency education convened at the 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit to explore how state policy can loosen its regulatory handcuffs from educators attempting to move toward competency-based learning models. This paper is designed to answer the following 4 questions: What is performance-based learning? What are states doing to advance performance-based learning? What…


Clearing the Path: Creating Innovation Space for Serving Over-Age, Under-Credited Students in Competency-Based Pathways

December 2010. This report provides guidance on creating competency-based approaches for over-age, under-credited students that have fallen off the track toward graduation. Drawing on a wide range of expertise, this paper explores how states can create space for innovation, including design principles, minimum policy conditions and options for moving forward. Read this report and learn how competency-based…