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Authors: Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started


From Maine Ctr for Best Practices
From Maine Ctr for Best Practices

I’ve been getting increased requests from districts and schools looking for consultants or resources to help them get started in the transformation from a time-based to competency-based system.  So I’ve put together a short list of some of the resources that are available to help folks get started (and I’ll keep adding to the wiki as more resources become available). One thing to pay attention to — all the districts that I know about that are getting results were participating with the Reinventing Schools Coalition at some point.

Strategic and Action Plans

  • Lindsay Unified School District (and RTT winner) has their Strategic Design on their website. (you will need to scroll down about ¾)
  • Maine’s RSU 2 has a Standards-Based, Learner-Centered plan that gives a sense of all the types of questions districts and schools will need to rethink. They also have developed a rubric using a competency based framework (developing, performing and advanced) for best practices.  Read about their journey to competency education.
  • Maine’s Center for Best Practices has prepared three case studies to help you think ahead about the issues you might run up against. 

 Explanatory Resources

In the Classroom

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