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Aurora Institute

Competency-based education depends on equitable partnerships among schools, families, and communities to develop a shared educational vision and mutually supportive relationships and systems to ensure student success.


Districts and schools transitioning to competency-based education renew the social contract between schools and communities by engaging students, families, and community members in developing a vision for graduates. This process deepens a sense of shared ownership and mutual responsibility based on understanding their interdependence in reaching the vision. It lays the groundwork for change as community members contribute valuable perspectives and the school builds trust with members who have historically been left out. Communities are also essential partners in out-of-school learning opportunities, service learning and work-based learning, authentic assessments with community panelists, and providing social services.