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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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Competencies Help Bridge the Gap Between Traditional and Project-Based Learning

June 28, 2022

Tommy Wolfe

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

Using Competency Performance Levels as Predictors of College Persistence in Competency-Based Schools

June 22, 2022

Sandra Moumoutjis

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Hello From the New CompetencyWorks Program Director

June 16, 2022

Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Strategies for Responsive Pacing at the Success Center

June 2, 2022

Eliot Levine

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

The Primary Person Model and Transformative Learning Experiences at Opportunity Academy

May 26, 2022

Eliot Levine

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

Summing up the Competency-Based Education Journey

May 10, 2022

Sandra Moumoutjis

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

Let Educators Drive: Gradual Release to Learner-Centered Design

May 3, 2022

Andrea Stewart

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

Designing Data-Driven Personalized Pathways for Professional Learning

April 26, 2022

Andrea Stewart

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

A Roadmap for Personalized, Competency-Based Professional Learning

April 20, 2022

Andrea Stewart

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

Transparently Tracking and Communicating Progress and Growth in Competency-Based Schools

April 11, 2022

Sandra Moumoutjis

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

Pairing Competency-Based Education with Project-Based Learning Makes for a Powerful Learning Experience

April 5, 2022

Kristin De Vivo

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

Rethinking the Master Schedule in Competency-Based Schools

March 9, 2022

Sandra Moumoutjis

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

Pandemic Pods, Personalized Learning, and the Future of Education

March 2, 2022

Jennifer Poon

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

Whose Standards Are We Privileging? Collaboration and Consultation with Indigenous Leaders

February 25, 2022

Jerad Koepp and Michael Smith

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

A Primer to Indigenous Education: A Case for Tribal Competency Crediting

February 22, 2022

Jerad Koepp and Michael Smith

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Engage Community

Replacing the Grammar of Schooling with Competency-Based Innovations

February 8, 2022

Sandra Moumoutjis

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

Building 21’s Studio Model: Designing Learning Experiences for Engagement and Impact

January 27, 2022

Sandra Moumoutjis

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

Synthesizing the Learning of the Idaho Mastery Education Network

January 20, 2022

Aaron McKinnon, Laurie Gagnon

Issue(s): State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Building 21’s Leadership Competencies to Facilitate Competency-Based Learning

January 10, 2022

Sandra Moumoutjis

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

Top 10 CompetencyWorks Blog Posts of 2021

December 16, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Building 21’s Teacher Competencies to Facilitate Competency-Based Learning

December 9, 2021

Sandra Moumoutjis

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

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

December 2, 2021

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, 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

A District-wide Personalized Professional Learning System to Advance Competency-Based Education

November 4, 2021

Eliot Levine

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

Preparing for Your Competency-Based Education Journey: A Process for Success

October 26, 2021

Sandra Moumoutjis

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

Why Should Schools Transition to Competency-Based Education?

October 14, 2021

Sandra Moumoutjis

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