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

February 11, 2021

Ashley Ferrara

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

New Educational Equity Resources to Transform Schools and Systems

February 8, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

Grading for Equity: A Teacher’s Reflections

January 14, 2021

Kristen Brown

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

Improving Communication of K-12 Personalized Learning Research

January 7, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality, Learn Lessons from the Field, Engage Community

Top 10 CompetencyWorks Blog Posts of 2020

January 1, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

National Research Convening on Building the Evidence Base for K-12 Personalized Learning: Overview and Session Materials

December 23, 2020

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

Scheduling for Personalized Competency-Based Education: Book Review and Reflections on Equity

December 17, 2020

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction

Competency-Based Education in Harrisburg, South Dakota

December 9, 2020

Travis Lape

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

Lessons from Tracking Student Flex Time in a Competency-Based High School

November 23, 2020

Eliot Levine

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

Flex-Mod Scheduling to Enable Competency-Based Learning

November 16, 2020

Eliot Levine

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

How Will Your Research Narrate Our History?

November 4, 2020

Jilliam Joe

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality

CompetencyWorks Releases Report on Professional Learning Strategies to Strengthen Local Assessment Systems for Proficiency-Based Education

October 27, 2020

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

How Standards-Based Grading Led Us to Empower, Part 2: The Power of Evidence

October 23, 2020

Adam Watson

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

How Standards-Based Grading Led Us to Empower, Part 1: The Tyranny of 82%

October 21, 2020

Adam Watson

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Competency-Based Education Sessions at the 2020 Aurora Institute Symposium

October 14, 2020

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

PowerMyLearning: Tools for Culturally Responsive Partnering with Families During Hybrid/Remote Learning and Beyond

October 7, 2020

Elisabeth Stock

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency

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

September 30, 2020

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

Elevating Student Experience to Build Equitable Learning Environments, Engagement, and Agency

September 23, 2020

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency

Summative vs. Formative Assessment: From Binary Choice to Continuum

September 16, 2020

Don Weafer

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

Do Less, Do More: Strategies for Equitable Community Engagement

September 9, 2020

Moises Nuñez, Glennys Sánchez

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Engage Community

College and Career Acceleration Opportunities and Competency-Based Education

September 2, 2020

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Rethink Instruction

Equity-Based Educational Research: Emerging Lessons from City Year’s Work

August 26, 2020

Jade Eckels, Jessica Proett

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