As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. To support growing transformation efforts, we recently published Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education. In it, we recommend 15 strategies that can help school districts successfully make this paradigm shift.
Building off examples of effective teaching, professional development and practice across the nation, the new report explores how communities can work together to prompt and sustain complex systems change of moving both students and teachers from a one-size-fits-all approach to education to one in which all students and all teachers can succeed.
Importantly, the new report explores the system-level change needed to create a profession that is:
- Equity-oriented: Designed to promote success for all students, foster inclusion and cultural responsiveness for students and adults and disrupt systemic inequities;
- Learning-centered: Designed to continuously develop educators’ knowledge, skill and personal mastery, sustain authentic collaboration and promote innovation; and
- Lifelong: Designed to authentically engage, develop, motivate and sustain educators over the course of their careers, including preparation, certification and advancement.
Scaling competency-based education with consistent quality presents a dual challenge: increasing the number of educators who have the knowledge and skill to be competency-based practitioners and simultaneously improving the quality of teaching. Moving Toward Mastery is not a report that describes what educators must do differently to improve learning and teaching. Rather, it helps leaders and teams at all levels of the system address the question, “What can I do to support teachers and improve teaching, and where do my actions fit in the larger picture of systems change?” You can download a full copy here.