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“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

Stories and Ecosystems at #Aurora23

January 9, 2024

Gary Chapin

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

A Student Experience in a Personalized, Career-Focused Competency-Based Model

January 4, 2024

Christopher Vargas Ibarra

Issue(s): Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

Celebrating 10 Years of Flexible Pathways Legislation in Vermont

December 21, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Using My Voice to Shape My High School

December 19, 2023

London Gray

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

Acknowledging the Indigenous Connections in CBE and Student-Centered Learning

December 14, 2023

Briana Medina, Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Commit to Equity, Design for Educational Equity

Science of Learning: The Engine that Powers Competency-Based Schools

December 12, 2023

Natalie Young

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

Reflections from reDesign's Youth-Led Session at #Aurora23

December 7, 2023

Rohan Menon

Issue(s): Aurora Institute Symposium, Activate Student Agency

Rekindling Our Commitment with Inspiration from the Aurora Institute Symposium 2023

November 30, 2023

Nikolaus Namba

Issue(s): Aurora Institute Symposium, Issues in Practice, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

Together We Shine Brighter: A Teacher’s Insights from #Aurora23

November 17, 2023

Dylan Shelofsky

Issue(s): Aurora Institute Symposium, Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

CBE's Equity Principle: Culturally Responsive Teaching as the Foundation

November 15, 2023

Briana Medina, Khamiah Alderman

Issue(s): Commit to Equity, Design for Educational Equity, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

School Site Visits: A Powerful Lever in School Transformation

November 10, 2023

Laurie Gagnon, Carisa Corrow

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

Flashback Friday Inspired by #Aurora23

November 3, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Aurora Institute Symposium, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Learn Lessons from the Field

Student Vlogs: A New Way to Elevate Student Voice in CBE

October 27, 2023

Riley Chong, Briana Medina

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

A Learner's CBE Journey

October 16, 2023

Jay Jay Pina

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

Flexible, Competency-Based Learning in Action at COA

October 12, 2023

Laurie Gagnon, Adam Aronson

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

Connecting the CBE Design Principles with a Defensible Body of Evidence

October 10, 2023

Karin Hess

Issue(s): Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

The Evolution of a Competency-Based Academic Model at Chelsea Opportunity Academy

October 5, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency, Design for Educational Equity

A New Framework to IMPACT Building a Defensible Body of Evidence

October 3, 2023

Karin Hess

Issue(s): Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Activate Student Agency

Chelsea Opportunity Academy: Relationships, Flexibility, and Competency-Based from the Start

September 28, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community