Competency-based education (CBE) is not inherently responsive and sustaining to students’ racial, cultural, and social identities. It’s up to *us* to make it that way. Schools and districts across New York City are making shifts in practice based on Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings’s groundbreaking 1990s work on culturally relevant pedagogy. Dr. Ladson-Billings’s 3 pillars (Academic Success, Cultural Competence, Critical Consciousness) are at the heart of today’s feld of culturally responsive-sustaining education (CRSE). Join this session for insights from a recent study of Competency Collaborative schools by NYU Metro Center. Learn how Dr. Ladson-Billings’s 3 pillars support us in responding to and sustaining learners’ racial, cultural, social identities (CRSE) as we use CBE shifts. This work changes how we learn/unlearn, plan/prep, build/deepen racial literacy, and collaborate to serve students and families more effectively. Time allowing, we’ll create learning outcomes for the 3 pillars. Let’s work together to move the field of CBE to a new place.