Posts by: Chris Sturgis

16 Quality Principles to Guide Implementation to Competency-Based Education

If you are just starting out or are midway in your process of making the transition to personalized, mastery learning, it might help you to read Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education. If you are in planning stages, be sure to read the first section, which is a primer on competency-based education including the flaws in the traditional system…… Read More

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Where’s the Research?

by Chris Sturgis

Where’s the beef?

Are you old enough to remember the Wendy’s slogan? It’s now a more general question about the value of any idea. Although I am an advocate for personalized, competency-based education, I also think we should be asking Where’s the beef? .  We need feedback to know if we are designing a system that is benefiting students…… Read More

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Ten Flaws in the Traditional System

The traditional system is simply not designed to produce the goals we have set for it, or that our children, communities and nation so desperately need and deserve. There are 10 primary flaws in the traditional system that perpetuate inequity and low achievement. They can be corrected by redesigning the system for success in which all students achieve mastery…… Read More

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Ten Distinguishing Features of Competency-Based Education

Across the country, schools, districts and states are replacing the traditional, time-based structure with one that is designed to help each student reach proficiency. Competency-based education is a system designed for equitable student achievement to ensure all learners master academic knowledge, develop the expertise to apply it to real-world problems and build the skills to be lifelong learners for future success…… Read More

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