Today, CompetencyWorks released an introductory paper and four new draft reports on key issues in competency education in advance of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education:
In addition to the introductory report that provides an overview of the Summit, these four reports tackle the following complex issues that are challenging the field:
- Designing for Equity: How should we frame equity and the strategies to improve equity within a personalized, competency-based system?
- Developing Long-Term Views on Policy: How do we build understanding of the long-term systemic changes needed on core threshold concepts for transforming to a fully-developed competency-based education system? How do we begin to address the issues that need tackling in policy over a sustained period of time versus short-term approaches?
- Meeting Students Where They Are (managed by reDesign): As we shift from the traditional system with its focus on delivery of grade-level curriculum within a time-based model designed to sort students, to one that uses a learner-centered approach to ensure every student is reaching proficiency, what do we need to do differently to ensure that we are meeting the needs of students based on where they are?
- The Systems and Structures Necessary for Quality Implementation: How should we think about quality that can guide implementation while still allowing for variation of models and innovation?
About the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education
CompetencyWorks is hosting the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education in Denver, Colorado on June 21-23, 2017. The Summit is invitation-only and will convene 100 leading innovators and experts to move the field of competency-based education through the next generation of ideas and actionable outcomes, with a with a strong focus on equity.
Across the country, there are thousands of educators who have valuable expertise in competency education. Leading up to the Summit, CompetencyWorks designed a participatory process to engage a wider network of experts and ensure we’re tapping into the collective knowledge of the field through Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs).Through the TAG process, organizations, schools, and leaders engaged in deep conversations around these issues and shared their collective insights, which we incorporated into these reports. We are grateful for the dedication of these leaders in openly sharing their feedback and lessons learned to advance K-12 education.
During the Summit, attendees will discuss these key issues, collaborate on the field’s challenges, and brainstorm solutions and best practices to advance K-12 competency-based education, using these reports to guide discussions. After the Summit, we will revise these reports based on the attendees’ input.
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For more information about CompetencyWorks, a project of iNACOL dedicated to advancing K-12 competency education, please visit CompetencyWorks.org.
CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to providing information and knowledge about competency education in the K-12 education system. Drawing on lessons learned by innovators and early adopters, CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. CompetencyWorks also offers a blog on competency education in higher education so that the sectors can learn from each other and begin to align systems across K-12, higher education and the workplace.Visit the website and follow CompetencyWorks on Twitter: @CompetencyWorks.
The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website,like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.