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Drawing on lessons learned by innovators and early adopters, this blog shares original research, knowledge, and a variety of perspectives from across the field of K-12 competency-based education.

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How Being in a Competency-Based Learning Environment Prepared Me for College

May 26, 2023

Briana Medina

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

From Good to Great, Initial to Ideal: A Way to Improve Exhibitions and Other Performance Assessments

May 15, 2023

Adam Watson

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

The Shift In Action: Five Takeaways From Our Journey Towards A Competency-Based System

May 5, 2023

Dr. Melissa Olson, Joey Lee

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

Student Reflections on the Competency-Based Tier System at Brooklyn Collaborative

April 25, 2023

Miariam Khalil

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

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

April 17, 2023

Laurie Gagnon, Alyssa Weaver, Chiara Wegener

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

Implementation with Integrity

April 11, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

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

Advice from the Field: Initiating, Sustaining, and Scaling Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

April 7, 2023

Maegan Bowersox

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

Equitable Grading Anchors NYC’s New Grading Policy Toolkit

March 30, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Learn Lessons from the Field

From Memorizing for Tests to Learning for Life

March 16, 2023

Jose Guzman Jr.

Issue(s): How to Get Started, Rethink Instruction

An Introduction to Competency-Based Education with Students and School Leaders

March 9, 2023

Alyssa Weaver

Issue(s): How to Get Started, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

CBE Starter Pack 7: Establish Rigorous, Common Expectations with Meaningful Competencies

February 28, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Educator Support in Competency-Based Learning Schools

February 23, 2023

Brian M. Stack and Jonathan G. Vander Els

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Support Professional Learning

Culture is the Foundation: Building Relationships and Community at ACE

February 16, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

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

Top Ten CompetencyWorks Blog Posts of 2022

February 14, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

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

4 Keys to Building Deeper Critical and Creative Thinking in Your Classroom

February 7, 2023

Karin Hess

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Rethink Instruction, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Activate Student Agency

CBE Starter Pack 6: Equity Strategies Drive Culture, Structures, and Pedagogy

January 31, 2023

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Diving into a Deep Blue(grass) Sea of Innovation, Part Two: Early Lessons Learned When Implementing Multi-District Deeper Learning in Kentucky

January 25, 2023

Adam Watson

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Support Professional Learning, Develop Educator Capacity

Diving into a Deep Blue (grass) Sea of Innovation, Part One: How Educational Cooperatives and Deeper Learning Teams are Poised to Help Transform Kentucky Education

January 19, 2023

Adam Watson

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

Building a Competency-Based Teacher Education Program: The High Meadows Experience, Part 2

January 10, 2023

Peter Laipson

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning, Learn Lessons from the Field, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

Personalized Learning Plans at Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax, Vermont

January 3, 2023

Jensen Welch

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

CBE Starter Pack 5: Learn Actively With Varied Pathways and Pacing

December 20, 2022

Laurie Gagnon

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

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Fake-quity: A Powerful Learning Moment from the 2022 Symposium

December 15, 2022

Laurie Gagnon, Maisha Maliha

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Learn Lessons from the Field, Engage Community

Building a Competency-Based Teacher Education Program: The High Meadows Experience, Part 1

December 13, 2022

Peter Laipson

Issue(s): Develop Educator Capacity, Support Professional Learning, Learn Lessons from the Field

When Students and Adults Work Together Toward Change

December 8, 2022

Jensen Welch

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

Why PD Must Be Learner-Centered, Too

December 1, 2022

Diana Lebeaux

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning