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Saturday, June 06, 2015

CompetencyWorks Report Outlines Successful Competency Ed Implementation Framework

"CompetencyWorks has unveiled a new report, "Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders," designed to help districts move from traditional educational models to personalized and competency-based environments in an effort to meet individual student needs." according to Joshua Bolkan, multimedia editor for Campus Technology and THE Journal.

ImplementingCompetency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders (PDF)

"The traditional, time-based education system is failing students. Competency education creates a system-wide infrastructure that creates the necessary feedback loops to ensure that students are learning," said Chris Sturgis, author of the report and principal at MetisNet, in a prepared statement. "The transition toward competency education is not easy, yet the strategic recommendations from cutting-edge leaders presented in this paper provide strategies to both ease and accelerate this transition."

While almost 9 in 10 states have "created some room for competency-based innovations," according to the report, districts are the driving force behind the movement as they must authorize c schools implementing competency-based approaches to exercise some autonomy on assessments, teacher evaluation, grading, promotion, budgeting and more.

Culled from interviews and site visits at competency-based schools conducted over five years, the report finds that there are four stages to implementing the model and the first three tend to take a minimum of five years.

The first stage, ramping up for transformation, includes investing in shared leadership, constructing a shared journey of inquiry and creating a shared vision and ownership.

"The emphasis on sharing denotes that these approaches differ from those commonly used in traditional systems," according to the report. "These are collaborative approaches that generate respect and trust. They contribute to the formation of a different type of school culture — one that is student-centered rather than system-centered, empowering rather than compliance-oriented, cooperative rather than dependent on individual leadership and motivated by learning rather than by carrots or sticks."
Download a full copy of Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders, please visit
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iNACOL will host a Special Edition Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discuss the recent 
CompetencyWorks report titled, Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders.  
Date and Time
June 25, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

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Source: T.H.E. Journal and iNACO

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