Posts by: Chris Sturgis

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

Redesign at Pittsfield School District (Part 1)

This article was originally published on CompetencyWorks in 2014.

It was a delight to visit Pittsfield School District (PSD) to learn about the redesign of the district starting with the Pittsfield Middle High School. It’s a comprehensive design:  Keep “students at the center” using personalized learning strategies that build upon a competency-based infrastructure to ensure students master twenty-first century skills and demonstrate academic content and skills…… Read More

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Locations: New Hampshire

Pittsfield Rethinks Adult Roles (Part 3)

(This is the third part of a series on Pittsfield. The article was originally published at CompetencyWorks in 2014.)

One of the big questions that we have barely begun to tackle is how do districts have to be transformed within a personalized, competency-based environment?

In preparing to transform the Pittsfield Middle and High School to a personalized,….. Read More

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Locations: New Hampshire

Implementation Insights from Pittsfield School District (Part 4)

(This is the last of a four-part series on Pittsfield.The original article was published on CompetencyWorks in 2014.)

That’s a constant refrain when talking to districts converting from traditional curriculum/time-based systems to student-centered systems.  Below are a handful of insights shared by the Pittsfield School District leadership team about their redesign process and the challenges they are encountering…… Read More

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Locations: New Hampshire