wrote in August about the Eastern Carver County Schools, a district of 10,000
students near Minneapolis. The series begins with district leaders sharing strategies
to shift the whole district toward competency-based education since
A visit to Eastern Carver’s competency-based
alternative arts high school describes a deeply personalized approach to
embedding visual arts, culinary arts, horticulture, and textile design into
core academic subjects. The school tailors
standards to students’ interests and shares evidence of mastery
transparently in close collaboration with the district.
The competency-based transformation in Pioneer Ridge Middle School
offers lessons learned about successful
scale-up, scheduling, software, and assessment strategies. Two
final posts about Eastern Carver share strategies
to build student ownership of their learning and the district’s framework
for lifelong learning skills, including how behaviors such as interacting collaboratively
with peers are promoted and assessed.
featured two terrific posts from other blogs:
Last, iNACOL recently released the policy brief Modernizing
the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented
Education: State Policy Recommendations. The policy brief recommends steps
that state policymakers can take to advance a new vision for the teaching
Wishing you well as the new school year begins.
Eliot Levine,Susan Patrick, Ashley JonesiNACOL CompetencyWorks