Posts by: Chris Sturgis

A Conversation on the Why, What, and How of Mastery Learning

The following is the presentation and facilitated activities at a Mastery Transcript Consortium meeting held on May 6, 2019

This is the beginning of a conversation about the why, what, and how of Mastery Learning. The activities are designed so that you can take them home to your school and your team…… Read More

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Insights from the K12 CBE Experience for Higher Education

I had the opportunity to join a discussion regarding efforts in higher education to create meaningful credentials, establish competencies as currency and streamline the intersection of education-workforce development-employer. As I listened to the conversation I started thinking about ways that K-12 can inform the efforts in higher education. Or the broader question: What are the lessons learned and opportunities that could advance a stronger human development system (the term human capital makes me uncomfortable) that would overcome historical patterns of inequity?….. Read More

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Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand: Credentialing Learning

One of the key features of a competency-based system is a transparent framework of learning. Every school making the transition takes the time at some point in their transition process to build shared understanding of either a competency framework or the state standards. (Please note: Many schools do this right a way which can be helpful but it also leaves room to think that competencies are just a different word for standards…… Read More

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Locations: New Zealand

A Primer on the NZ Education System

There are lots of reasons to go to New Zealand. The beauty of the country is well known. Their national effort to create a multi-cultural nation that fully respects and embraces the Maori community as well as Pasifika and others is inspirational. And their system of education, as well as their boldness in revamping it over the past 30 years,….. Read More

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Locations: New Zealand

UMPI: Eliminating Remediation

This post part of a series on the University of Maine at Presque Isle originally posted at CompetencyWorks in 2016. 

One of the most fascinating discussions that was woven throughout my day at the University of Maine at Presque Isle was about the potential (and issues) of deeper alignment with high schools…… Read More

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Locations: Maine

KAPPA International: The Story of Angelica

Story of Angelica

Angelica was a model student at KAPPA International. She had a good attitude, did her homework, always went for the extra credit, participated in class, and had a 90 in all of her classes. But then she failed the Earth Science Regents Exam…… Read More

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Locations: New York

R5 High School: Abuzz with Learning

This article is part of a series Designing Performance-Based Learning at D51 series originally published at ComepetencyWorks in March 2017. A reminder: D51 uses the phrase performance-based learning or P-BL.

One of the reasons I believe D51 is going to be successful in implementing performance-based learning is that they already have a 100 percent strategy in place,….. Read More

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Locations: Colorado