Competency-Based Education: Definition and Examples

In this blog, we will define Competency-Based Education (CBE) and discuss how the essential components of CBE work together to transform learning in K12 schools and districts. We will also examine some of the specific benefits CBE brings to learners, teachers, and communities. Finally, we will present two CBE classroom scenarios with examples. The first…

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Let the Revolution Begin!

We’re excited to announce that our partner, the Cohasset (MA) Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), was recently awarded a NOAA education grant that will help “build the bridge” between hands-on summertime learning and school-year programs. CSCR engages “Varsity Research” teams of middle and high school students in authentic, community-driven inquiries throughout the watershed, from…

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4 Ways to Make Your Portrait of a Graduate System a Success

Portrait of a Graduate

By David Lipkin A Portrait (or Profile) of a Graduate process is a wonderful way for school communities to build consensus about what matters most. The Portrait of a Graduate process is an opportunity to grow community, listen to diverse voices, affirm shared values, and take an honest look at how well our systems support…

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The Gift of Curiosity

By Joey Lee When visiting with family for Thanksgiving, I found myself rummaging through old pictures and childhood artifacts. I came across a book that I had written at the age of 8. While unimpressed with the story, I found myself rather pleased with the ‘about the author.’ The brief and detailed biography closed with…

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Creating Connection in a Digital Space

While we may be physically distanced, we don’t have to feel socially distant. By Joey Lee I remember my first online course.  It was the fall of 2014 and I was a bit late to the game as online courses were already quite common. I remember sitting in my home in coastal NH reading the…

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10 Step Primer for Competency-based Learning Design

10 Step Primer for Competency-based Learning Design

By Josie Jordan As an educator on the design team of the Pathways program at Mt. Abraham Union High School, I got pretty good at designing and scaffolding personalized, competency-based projects for individual students. Back in the regular classroom, it was a challenge to transfer those same, powerful practices to larger groups of learners without…

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