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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

#Aurora23: Next Gen Credentials, Work-Based Learning, and More

September 26, 2023

Laurie Gagnon, Briana Medina

Issue(s): Aurora Institute Symposium, State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Learn Lessons from the Field

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Competency-Based Education (CBE), According to an AI Language Model

September 21, 2023

Alyssa Weaver, ChatGPT

Issue(s): Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction

Develop a Practice of Learning Partnership Conversations to Center Student Voice in Professional Learning

September 19, 2023

Nina Portugal

Issue(s): Support Professional Learning, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

NCAA Initial Eligibility and Student-Centered Learning

September 14, 2023

Sarah Overpeck

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Healing and Building Community in the Classroom: Restorative Justice in Competency-Based Education

September 8, 2023

Khamiah Alderman

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

It's Time to Level the Post-Secondary Playing Field: Six Principles for Building a Career Pathways Program

September 1, 2023

Melissa Olson

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

Five Takeaways from the Digital Credential Adoption Convening

August 28, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

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

Portrait of a Graduate: A Gateway to Competency-Based Learning

August 24, 2023

Briana Medina, Khamiah Alderman

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

Expanding our Equity Toolkits: Strengthening the Connections between CBE and Equity

August 17, 2023

Khamiah Alderman

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

Learning in a Supportive Community at Clark Street Community School

August 10, 2023

Briana Medina

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

A (Self) Portrait of a Graduate

August 2, 2023

Courtney Williams

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

The X3 Internship Program Models a Vision for Work-Based Learning

July 24, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

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

Best Practices for High-Quality Work-Based Learning

July 20, 2023

Khamiah Alderman

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Leverage Career and Technical Education

The Power of Work-Based Learning in Competency-Based Education

July 18, 2023

Khamiah Alderman

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Activate Student Agency, Leverage Career and Technical Education

Contributive Learning: Learning to Add to the World

July 13, 2023

Beth Hamilton

Issue(s): Rethink Instruction, Engage Community

Showcase, Share, Inspire: Performance-Based Assessment and Competency-Based Learning in Chicago Public Schools

July 6, 2023

Briana Medina

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

Equitable Grading at Sunnyside

June 27, 2023

Laurie Gagnon, Gary Chapin

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Commit to Equity, Learn Lessons from the Field

Reinventing the Traditional HS Diploma: Mastery Transcript Consortium ®

June 22, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

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

Reinventing the Traditional HS Diploma: New Zealand

June 20, 2023

Alyssa Weaver

Issue(s): Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction

Reinventing the Traditional HS Diploma: International Big Picture Learning Credential

June 15, 2023

Alyssa Weaver

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction

Rethinking the High School Transcript for the Future of Learning

June 13, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Base Learning on Mastery Not Seat Time, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Empowering Community Progress: Integrating Open Principles in Education

June 12, 2023

Landon Mascare├▒az and Doannie Tran

Issue(s): Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Engage Community

Reflections from the 2023 Competency-Based Education Field Coordination Call

June 7, 2023

Laurie Gagnon, Briana Medina, Alyssa Weaver

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Design for Educational Equity