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It’s Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Summit

Author(s): Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis, Linda Pittenger

Organization(s): iNACOL, CCSSO

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation

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From Anchorage, Alaska, to Orlando, Florida, and from Gray, Maine, to Yuma, Arizona, one hundred competency-based innovators gathered at the Competency-based Learning Summit in March 2011. Because pockets of innovation were operating in isolation, these leaders set out to expedite capacity-building to meet the growing demand for competency-based approaches. This paper highlights the following three goals of the Summit:

  • Sharing expertise across and among innovators and policy leaders.
  • Building a common working definition of competency-based learning.
  • Enhancing the strategies and skills for advancing the establishment of competency-based education.

Through the thoughtful generation of ideas, these leaders provided the building blocks to expedite competency-based approaches to education.