Publications and Podcasts

You can listen to Chris on a number of podcasts:

Recent Publications

Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education by Chris Sturgis and Katherine Casey, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks,October 2018. This paper includes a primer on competency-based education.

Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems by Katherine Casey and Chris Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, May 2018.

Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed by Chris Sturgis and Katherine Casey, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, April 2018.

Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education by Nina Lopez, Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, October 2017.  

The Shift from Cohorts to Competency by John Bailey, Karla Phillips, Carri Schneider, Chris Sturgis and Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart, re-released Summer 2015.

Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England
by Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, October 2016. (Please note that the sections on Maine do not include its policy change in 2018 to run dual diploma systems or New Hampshire’s continued expansion of the PACE initiative.)

Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System by Chris Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, March 2016.

Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders by Chris Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, June 2015. (Please note that only one implementation strategy is described. Other entry points are developing as schools build upon efforts to introduce blended learning or other instructional initiatives.)

The following papers are beginning to be out-of-date. They are offered here for those of you who are interested in how the ideas of competency-based education developed over time.

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts by Patrick and Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, March 2015.

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education by Chris Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, January 2014.

Necessary for Success: Building Mastery of World-Class Skills – A State Policymakers Guide to Competency Education by by Patrick and Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, February 2013.

The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment by Laura Shubilla and Chris Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, December 2012.

The Art and Science of Designing Competencies by Chris Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, August 2012.

Clearing the Path: Creating Innovation Space for Serving Over-age, Under-credited Students in Competency-based Pathways by Sturgis, Rath, Weisstein and Patrick, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, December 2010.

These three papers document the beginning of the field of competency education. They are offered here to help you understand how the field of competency education emerged and was launched.

It’s Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Summit by Sturgis, Patrick and Pittenger, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, July 2011.

Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning by Patrick and Sturgis, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, July 2011.  

When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-based Pathways for Next Generation Learning by Sturgis and Patrick, iNACOL/CompetencyWorks, November 2010.