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Lessons from COVID-19: How Competency-Based Education Provided for Continuity of Learning in Three North Carolina Schools and Is Shaping the Path Forward


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Many schools and districts struggled to shift to online learning during the COVID-19 crisis in early 2020. Key issues included equitable access to technology and overall student engagement. Similar to other competency-based schools across the country, competency-based education helped three North Carolina schools rapidly shift to online learning for all students with a high level of engagement. Join us to hear from K-12 students and school leaders about lessons learned and what’s next as they look to the future.

Learning Outcomes:

    1. Learn how specific aspects of competency-based education and personalized learning provide for flexibility in how instruction is delivered by teachers and experienced by students.
    2. Discuss and share ideas for transitions to online and distance learning focused on personalization and student engagement.
    3. Understand the role of equity in implementation and in adaptation to instructional practices for personalized learning and competency-based education.


  • Laura Knapp, Alliance Manager, REL SE, Regional Education Lab Southeast | @REL_SE
  • Kelley Johnson, Lead Learner/Principal, Innovation Academy at South Campus, Johnston County Public Schools | @kelleydjohnson
  • Alissa Cheek, Principal, Tri-County Early College High School | @tcec1
  • Deborah Brown, Associate Director, Middle School, The Exploris School | @DeborahBrownNC