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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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Issue Brief

State Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation

June 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States

June 2018

Susan Patrick, Betheny Gross, Sivan Tuchman

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Rethink Instruction, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems

May 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

Report, CompetencyWorks

Meeting Students Where They Are

April 2018

Antonia Rudenstine, Dixie Bacallao, Sarah Hakani, Sydney Schaef

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Report, CompetencyWorks

Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

April 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Issue Brief

State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

February 2018

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity

Report

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

January 2018

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): 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

Report, CompetencyWorks

Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

January 2018

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

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

Rethinking State Accountability to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning in K-12 Education

December 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments

Issue Brief

Redefining Student Success: Profile of a Graduate

November 2017

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Redefine Student Success

Issue Brief

Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning

November 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Report, CompetencyWorks

Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education

October 2017

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis, Nina Lopez

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality

Issue Brief

State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education

August 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen

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

Report, CompetencyWorks

An Introduction to the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education

June 2017

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report, CompetencyWorks

Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education (DRAFT June 2017)

June 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

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

Report, CompetencyWorks

In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System

June 2017

Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

Report, CompetencyWorks

In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Personalized, Competency-Based Education

June 2017

Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Report

What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities

February 2017

Bruce Friend, Susan Patrick, Carri Schneider, Tom Vander Ark

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Engage Community

Report, CompetencyWorks

Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England

October 2016

Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

Meeting The Every Student Succeeds Act’s Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning

October 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

Issue Brief

Promising State Policies to Advance Personalized Learning

September 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

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

Report

Student-Centered Learning: Functional Requirements for Integrated Systems to Optimize Learning

May 2016

Elizabeth Glowa, Jim Goodell

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning

May 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Personalized Learning

March 2016

Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

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.