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

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

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

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

How Competency-Based is New Zealand?

This is the final article in the series Baskets of Knowledge from Aotearoa New Zealand, which highlights insights from a totally different education system about what is possible in transforming our education system. Read the first article here…… Read More

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Locations: New Zealand

Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand: Key Competencies

This is the tenth article in the series Baskets of Knowledge from Aotearoa New Zealand, which highlights insights from a totally different education system about what is possible in transforming our education system. Read the first article here.

Aotearoa New Zealand offers so many insights and inspirations in our work to forge a personalized,….. Read More

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Locations: New Zealand