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Student Agency in Action

June 20, 2024

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

The Wyoming Future of Learning Pilot: Student-Centered and Competency-Based

June 13, 2024

Amy Starzynski

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Learn Lessons from the Field

The Culmination of Mastery and Community: Senior Exhibitions at the Parker School

June 6, 2024

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

Getting Started With Real-World Learning at a Comprehensive High School

May 30, 2024

Chiara Wegener

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

Empowering ELL Students and Myself: One New Hampshire Teacher’s Micro-Credential Experience

May 3, 2024

Caitlin Lomando

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

Shifting to PCBL with Intentionality at a Large High School

April 25, 2024

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Support Professional Learning, Learn Lessons from the Field

The Drive Towards Student Agency: Empowering Students to Make Choices on Their Learning Pathway 

April 18, 2024

Morgan Seely

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

Elevating Student Voice: Reflections From Across the U.S.

April 12, 2024

Briana Medina

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Activate Student Agency

Illustrating the Competency-Based Education Definition

April 4, 2024

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity

A Handbook for Change: Empowering Learner Agency at TYWLS of Astoria

March 28, 2024

Greg Zimdahl

Issue(s): Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

Grounding in Community: The Aurora Team Visits EQA Schools in NOLA 

March 21, 2024

Laurie Gagnon, Chiara Wegener

Issue(s): Aurora Institute Symposium, Commit to Equity, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Finding My Future: My Big Picture Learning Experience

March 14, 2024

Izaiah Jones

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Educator Micro-Credentials: Better for My Learning and Better for Students

March 12, 2024

Jessica Mazo

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Rethinking Learning Through Educator Micro-Credentials

March 5, 2024

Michaela McCaughey

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Beyond Packaging: Manifesting Mastery-Based Learning in the Classroom at TYWLS of Astoria

February 29, 2024

Greg Zimdahl

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Mindsets and Resources for Unleashing Learner Agency

February 22, 2024

Derek Wenmoth, Marsha Jones

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency

“Ins” and “Outs” of CBE in 2024

February 15, 2024

Laurie Gagnon, Briana Medina

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Engage Community

There’s A Google Doc For That! One School’s Journey Creating a Comprehensive “Mastery Handbook”

February 8, 2024

Greg Zimdahl

Issue(s): How to Get Started, Learn Lessons from the Field

Metaphors for Change from Timpanogos High School

February 1, 2024

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Learn Lessons from the Field

You’re Here Because You Belong Here

January 25, 2024

Carissa Duran

Issue(s): Aurora Institute Symposium, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

The ACE CBE Model: Rethinking Curriculum for Depth and Engagement

January 18, 2024

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Commit to Equity, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Top Ten CompetencyWorks Authors of 2023

January 12, 2024

Laurie Gagnon, Briana Medina