This monthly newsletter shares the latest CompetencyWorks blog posts and Aurora Institute publications—providing thought leadership and practical lessons learned from the field to support transformation toward personalized, competency-based K-12 schools and systems.
A CompetencyWorks blog series about Del Lago Academy in California begins by describing their innovations that enable strong interdisciplinary learning, as well as the school’s competency-based assessment philosophy and corresponding practices.
Teachers at Del Lago have developed 11 science and engineering competencies that students work toward with increasing depth throughout high school. They have also created digital badges (micro-credentials) in biotechnology and other subject areas.
Learn more about daily teacher circles, restorative practices, advisories with multiple grade levels, and other strategies Del Lago uses to build a personalized, positive school culture.
The series wraps up with Del Lago’s thought-provoking explanation of why they call their students “scholars” – a term that signals deep respect, promotes a #GrowthMindset, and predicts promising futures.
CompetencyWorks provides brief reviews of new resources, research, and Aurora Institute news and publications.
|CompetencyWorks Website Transition|
CompetencyWorks is an initiative of the Aurora Institute. It has maintained a separate website since its founding but will be integrated under our new brand. When the new Aurora Institute website goes live this spring, CompetencyWorks.org will become part of it. All CompetencyWorks blog posts and reports will be available in the new location. More information will be provided when the new site is launched. Questions? Email Ashley Jones at [email protected].
In January the Aurora Institute and the Center for Assessment released How Systems of Assessments Aligned with Competency-Based Education Can Support Equity. The report offers guidance for designing balanced assessment systems to support competency-based education’s equity goals.
About CompetencyWorksCompetencyWorks is an initiative that provides information and knowledge about competency-based education in the K-12 education system. Drawing on lessons learned by innovators and early adopters, CompetencyWorks is an online resource for sharing knowledge, original research and policy advances, and a variety of field perspectives. CompetencyWorks provides an informative blog with practitioner knowledge on key topics and papers on emerging issues, with resources curated from across the field of K-12 competency-based education.