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Working collaboratively with experts in the field, we publish reports and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next-generation learning models.
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Agency by Design: Making Learning Engaging

October 2021

Derek Wenmoth, Marsha Jones, Joseph DiMartino

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

Report

Aurora Institute’s Federal Policy Priorities: Charting a New Path for America’s Learners

October 2021

Fred Jones, Alexis Chambers, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Leverage Career and Technical Education, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

CompetencyWorks, Report

Habits of Success: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for Learning, Work, and Life

October 2021

Eliot Levine

Issue(s): How to Get Started, Commit to Equity, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

CompetencyWorks, Issue Brief

A Mastery-Based Math Teacher’s Journey

September 2021

Ashley Ferrara

Issue(s): How to Get Started, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field, Activate Student Agency

Issue Brief

Innovation Zones: Policy Flexibility to Reimagine and Modernize K-12 Education Post-COVID-19

June 2021

Fred Jones, Alexis Chambers

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Harness Opportunities in ESSA

Issue Brief

Mere Engagement: Reflections about the Connections Between Online Learning, Student Agency, and Student Engagement

January 2021

Laureen Avery, Marsha Jones, Sara Marr, Derek Wenmoth,

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community, Design for Educational Equity, Develop Educator Capacity, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

CompetencyWorks, Issue Brief

Strengthening Local Assessment Systems for Personalized, Proficiency-Based Education: Strategies and Tools for Professional Learning

October 2020

Pat Fitzsimmons

Issue(s): State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Book

A Promise for Equitable Futures: Enabling Systems Change to Scale Educational and Economic Mobility Pathways

October 2020

Katherine Casey, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Fund Innovation, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

Report

Education Policy Issues for the COVID-19 Era: Policy Actions and Responses to Leverage the Moment for Future Readiness

August 2020

Alexis Chambers, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Increase Access to Broadband, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Future Focused State Policy Actions to Transform K-12 Education

April 2020

Susan Patrick, Natalie Truong, Alexis Chambers

Issue(s): State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Federal Policy Priorities to Accelerate Education Innovation

April 2020

Susan Patrick, Natalie Truong, Alexis Chambers

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

Report

How Systems of Assessments Aligned with Competency-Based Education Can Support Equity

January 2020

Carla Evans, Maria Worthen, Scott Marion

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity

Issue Brief

Transforming Teaching: What University Presidents and Deans of Colleges of Education Need to Know about Modernizing the K-12 Educator Workforce

December 2019

Katherine Casey

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Modernize HEA, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

CompetencyWorks, Report

What Is Competency-Based Education? An Updated Definition

November 2019

Eliot Levine, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency

Report

Aligning Education Policy with the Science of Learning and Development

October 2019

Natalie Truong

Issue(s): Federal Policy, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Issue Brief

Modernizing the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education: State Policy Recommendations

July 2019

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Katherine Casey

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

Issue Brief

Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce: Federal Policy Recommendations for Professional Learning and Supporting Future-Focused, Competency-Based Education Systems

March 2019

Maria Worthen, Katherine Casey

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Issue Brief

iNACOL 2019 State Policy Priorities

January 2019

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement

Issue Brief

iNACOL 2019 Federal Policy Priorities

January 2019

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Leverage Career and Technical Education, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

CompetencyWorks, Report

Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

November 2018

Katherine Casey

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning

Book, CompetencyWorks

Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

October 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Evaluate Quality, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

Issue Brief

2019 State and Federal Policy Priorities

September 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Leverage Career and Technical Education, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

Report

Executive Summary: Current to Future State-Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

September 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Competency-Based Personalized Learning (updated August 2018)

August 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones

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Over the last two decades, the Aurora Institute has driven the transformation toward student-centered, next-generation learning for K-12 education. During that time, the Aurora Institute published more than 200 reports and webinars in support of these efforts.