This week is Mastery
Communications Week, hosted by Springpoint and partner organizations, which is
a week dedicated to digital sharing and online collaboration focused on
communications for competency education. Learn more by visiting
their website or viewing the Mastery Week schedule, and join the conversation using #masteryweek. Chris Sturgis
will be hosting a Twitter chat on Wednesday, August 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET on
equity and mastery, so mark your calendars and weigh in using #masteryweek.
Attendee registration is open for the iNACOL Symposium on October 23-25 in
Orlando. The Symposium features the best strand of sessions and workshops
relating to competency education. You can register
There are three great
Pre-Conference Workshop opportunities offered on October 23 to engage in deeper
learning around competency education:
- Building a Personalized Learning System: Transparency,
Culture and Courage (8:00-11:00 a.m.
ET) — This is an in-depth learning opportunity for practitioners looking to get
started in building a personalized, competency-based system, led by District
51’s Rebecca Midles, Ken Haptonstall and Leigh Grasso.
- Using Student Data to Drive Unit Design and
Scheduling in a Personalized, Competency-Based System (8:00-11:00 a.m. ET) — Hosted by Doug Finn and Bill Zima, this workshop offers a tremendous
opportunity to engage deeply around using student data to get students more
engaged in the learning process by challenging them at their appropriate
- Building Understanding of Competency Education
and Changing Grading Practices (1:00-4:00 p.m. ET) — Led by Thomas Gaffey, Sandra
Moumoutjis and Sydney Schaef, this workshop explores grading practices and
assessments in competency-based systems.
View all pre-conference
workshops and register here.
Below are #inacol17 sessions and
workshops within the Competency Education track, broken down into various
Equity and Competency Education
Education + Culturally Responsive Education = More Equitable and Effective
Schools for All Learners with Jeremy Kraushar.
- Equity and Engagement
in Action: What Does a Competency-Based Classroom Look Like that Truly Meets
All Students Right Where They Are? with Sydney Schaef, Antonia
Rudenstine and Dixie Bacallao.
- Are Performance Tasks
Really For Everyone? Designing Rigorous Tasks for Equity and Engagement,
Ensuring Every Student Crosses the Finish Line with Antonia
Rudenstine, Dixie Bacallao and Sydney Schaef.
- Performance Assessment
as a Vehicle for Transformation with Christine Landwehrle and
District and School Conversion
- Competency as the
Leverage Point in School Redesign: Sustaining the Work through Coherence and
Alignment with Mark Kostin, Moises Nunez and Katie Thompson.
- How to Transition to a
Personalized Competency-Based Education System with Doug
Finn and Jennifer S. Norford.
- Pop Up Problems of
Practice in Competency Education with Chris Sturgis, Susan Patrick and Virgel Hammonds.
- What It Takes to
Transition to Competency Education with Josie Jordan.
- Building the Consensus
for Personalized Learning and Competency-Based Education with Karla
Phillips and Kelly Brady.
- Preparing Each Student
for College, Career and Life with Rose Colby and Barbara Bray.
- What Is Competency-Based
Education? with Jeremy Kraushar and Joy Nolan.
- Engaging Educators in
Personalized, Competency-Based Learning: Are You Walking the Talk? Learn How
Micro-Credentials and Other Strategies Pave the Way with Patricia
Deklotz and Theresa Ewald.
- The Rise, Risks and
Rewards of Competency Education and New Credentials Across the Education
Pipeline with Stephanie Krauss.
- Where Do We Go From
Here: Reflections on Future Directions of Competency Education with Chris
Sturgis and Susan Patrick.
on the Learning: Simple Ideas that Can Change Everything with Kelly Young,
Virgel Hammonds and Connie Yowell.
- Fostering Leadership Capacity to Support
Competency-Based Learning Systems in Schools: Voices from the Field with Brian
Stack, Rose Colby and Kyle Repucci.
- Leading a Competency-Based System from Board of
Education Perspective with Dr. Pamela Swanson, Larry Dean Valente, Ryan
McCoy and Max Math.
- StorySLAM: Teaching
and Learning in New Ways with Victoria Crispin.
- An Open Source
Competency-Based Model V3.0 with Thomas Gaffey and Sydney Schaef.
- It's Not about Pace:
Using Competency to Deepen Learning with Angela Hardy, David Ruff
and Reed Dyer.
- Learning from the
Practices of 3 Leading-Edge Schools to Support Competency-Based School Change
that Leads to Deeper, Student-Driven Learning with Joe
DiMartino and Don Siviski.
- Building a Foundation
for Competency-Based Education – State by State with Karla
Phillips and Matt Williams.
Education Grading Policy with Julianna Charles Brown and Jeremy Kraushar.
Conversations: An Interactive Discussion about an Approach to Supporting State
Educational Agencies Engaged in Advancing Competency-Based Education with Wendy
Blumenthal and Janet Twyman.
- Policy for
Practitioners: Making the Shift to Competency Education with David
Ruff and Erin Dukeshire.
Culture and Practices
- FIP-ing Your
Competencies: Mapping Learning Targets to Competencies with Renee
Owen and Jennifer McCrary.
- Peeking Under the
Hood: Taking a Close Look at the Tricky Details That Make the Mastery-Based
Learning Engine Work with Scott Ellis, Rui Bao and Maquita Alexander.
Competency-Based Learning Practices with Positive Youth Development with Sam
- What Does Competency
Education Look Like in the Classroom? Using Survey Tools to Measure Teacher
Practices and Student Experiences Related to Competency-Based Education with David
Blumenthal and Wendy Surr.
Below are helpful links to
learn more about the Symposium:
is hosting a webinar on developments across the field of K-12 competency-based education on
Tuesday, August 22 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Join this webinar to hear CompetencyWorks co-founders Susan
Patrick and Chris Sturgis reflect on the current state of
competency-based education. Register here and share this opportunity with your networks on Twitter:
- Register for
@CompetencyWorks #webinar on developments of #CompetencyEd field & emerging
issues http://ow.ly/2cRr30dLon1 #CBE
Chris Sturgis, MetisNet
Susan Patrick, iNACOL
Natalie Abel, iNACOL