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Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching

Jobs for the Future and the Council of Chief State School Officers

August 2015

This document serves as a first step in identifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that educators need in order to create and thrive in effective personalized, learner-centered environments.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Personalization

Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

Chris Sturgis

June 2015

This paper describes effective strategies to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students' needs.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Curriculum and Instruction, personalization

Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

April 2015

A series of studies commissioned by Nellie Mae examine how to ensure that all students – especially those who are underserved – get an opportunity to reach college and career readiness.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College and Career Readiness, Curriculum and Instruction, Equity, Personalization, Technology

Blended Instruction

EDUCATION CONNECTION and Education Development Center (EDC)

April 2015

A student-centered approach to blended instruction can have a positive impact on achievement and 21st century skills, and may narrow the achievement gap for underserved populations.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, Curriculum and Instruction, Equity, Learning Time, Personalization, Technology

Online Courses for Credit Recovery: Promising Practices for High School Teachers

University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

March 2015

This brief highlights findings from a study of 12 Massachusetts high schools with high dropout rates that developed online credit recovery programs as part of the "MassGrad" initiative.

Tags: Assessment, Competency-Based Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Time, Technology

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis

March 2015

Blended learning can be a powerful tool in a competency-based curriculum, allowing for deeper, more personalized student learning.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Personalization