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Let’s Just Say It Out Loud: There Isn’t Enough Time To Cover All the Standards

June 16, 2021

Jon Altbergs, Laurie Gagnon

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Roundtable Highlights Ties Between Project-Based Learning and Competency-Based Education, Explores New Research

June 9, 2021

Kristin De Vivo

Issues: Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality, Rethink Instruction

Empowering Students Through the Lens of Adaptive Competencies

June 3, 2021

Tonya Howell

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

What’s New in K-12 Competency-Based Education?

May 26, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issues: Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

101 Practice Suggestions from the Aurora Institute Annual Survey

May 19, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issues: Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

Strategies for Shifting to Student-Centered Learning from the Aurora Institute Annual Survey

May 12, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Support Professional Learning, Learn Lessons from the Field

Five Big Ideas for Learner-Centered Competency Framework Design

May 5, 2021

Sydney Schaef

Issues: Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Engage Community

Competency-Based Education Needs Deeper Evaluation of Educational Equity Outcomes

April 22, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issues: Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality

Springpoint’s Phased Approach to Implementing Competency-Based Education, Phase Three: School Schedule and Student Learning Progression

April 15, 2021

Elina Alayeva, Christy Kingham

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency

Springpoint’s Phased Approach to Implementing Competency-Based Education, Phase Two: Scaling Key Practices and Building Core Systems

April 12, 2021

Elina Alayeva, Christy Kingham

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction

Springpoint’s Phased Approach to Implementing Competency-Based Education, Phase One: Establishing a Solid Foundation

April 7, 2021

Elina Alayeva, Christy Kingham

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction

Creating a Safe, Supportive, and Collaborative Culture at Kenowa Hills

March 31, 2021

Mike Burde

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

Resources from the Strategic Reflection on the Field of Competency-Based Education

March 24, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issues: State Policy, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

A Cornucopia of Competency-Based Education Resources from Vermont

March 18, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction

Personalizing Professional Learning to Strengthen Personalized Learning for Students

March 11, 2021

Beth Holland, Ling Zhang

Issues: Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning, Learn Lessons from the Field

Personalizing Professional Learning to Increase Student Growth: Lessons from Lindsay Unified School District

March 9, 2021

Beth Holland, Ling Zhang

Issues: Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning, Learn Lessons from the Field

Structuring Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment at Vancouver iTech

March 3, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

A Mastery-Based Math Teacher’s Journey, Part 4 – Embracing Problem-Solving and Further Refining Mastery Skills

February 24, 2021

Ashley Ferrara

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

A Mastery-Based Math Teacher’s Journey, Part 3 – Moving Away From “Covering” Everything

February 19, 2021

Ashley Ferrara

Issues: Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Learn Lessons from the Field

A Mastery-Based Math Teacher’s Journey, Part 2 – Refining Mastery Skills and Assessment Strategies

February 16, 2021

Ashley Ferrara

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Learn Lessons from the Field

A Mastery-Based Math Teacher’s Journey, Part 1 – Initial (mis)Steps and the “Aha!” Moment

February 11, 2021

Ashley Ferrara

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

New Educational Equity Resources to Transform Schools and Systems

February 8, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Engage Community

What’s New in K-12 Competency-Based Education?

January 27, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issues: State Policy, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Activate Student Agency

What Do We Know About the Implementation and Outcomes of Personalized, Competency-Based Learning? A Synthesis of Research from 2000 to 2019

January 20, 2021

Carla M. Evans, Erika Landl, and Jeri Thompson

Issues: Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

Grading for Equity: A Teacher’s Reflections

January 14, 2021

Kristen Brown

Issues: Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Learn Lessons from the Field