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Deeper Competency-Based Learning

Deeper Competency-Based Learning
Making Equitable, Student-Centered, Sustainable Shifts

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August 2020 | 248 pages | Corwin

The roadmap for your school’s CBE journey!  
The one-size-fits-all instructional and assessment practices of the past no longer equitably meet the needs of all students. Competency-based education (CBE) has emerged not only as an innovation in education, but as a true transformation of the approaches to how we traditionally “do” school. 

In Deeper Competency-Based Learning, the authors share best practices from their experiences implementing CBE across states, districts, and schools. Leaving no stone unturned, readers are guided step-by-step through CBE implementation and validation phases, beginning with defining your WHY and collaborative development of the competencies describing deeper learning. The CBE readiness tools and reflections inside will help your team:

  • Build the foundation for organizational shifts by examining policies, leadership, culture, and professional learning
  • Dig in to shifts in teaching and learning structures by addressing rigorous learning goals, competency-based assessment, evidence-based grading, and body of evidence validation
  • Take a deep dive into the shift to student-centered classrooms through personalized instructional strategies that change mindsets regarding teacher-student roles, responsibilities, and classroom culture

Discover how your students can demonstrate deeper learning of academic content and develop personal success skills by maximizing time, place, and pace of learning with this roadmap for your CBE journey. 

List of Figures and Tables
About the Authors
Chapter 1: The WHAT, the WHY, and the HOW of CBE
1.1 A Historical Look at the WHAT and WHY of Competency-Based Education

1.2 Considering the HOW that Connects With Your School’s WHY

1.3 Start by Examining the Traditional Education Framework

1.4 Shifts in Moving From Traditional Education to CBE

1.5 Getting Started on Your CBE Journey

Chapter 2: Making Organizational Shifts
2.1 Organizational Shift 1: Policy

2.2 Organizational Shift 2: Leadership

2.3 Organizational Shift 3: Professional Culture

2.4 Organizational Shift 4: Professional Learning

2.5 Developing CBE Assessment Policies and Practices

Chapter 3: Making Shifts in Teaching and Learning Structures
3.1 Establishing Rigorous Goals for Learning: Competencies

3.2 A Range of Performance Assessment Types

3.3 Evidence-Based Grading in CBE Systems

3.4 Evidence-Based Grading and the Body of Evidence (BOE)

3.5 CBE Development and Validation Tools and Processes

Chapter 4: Making the Shift to Student-Centered Classrooms
4.1 Changing Mindsets: Roles, Responsibilities, and Classroom Culture

4.2 Integrating Personalized Core Instruction With Competencies of Deeper Learning

4.3 Applying Instructional Practices to CBE Learning Cycles

4.4 Promoting Intrinsic Motivation and Engagement Through Assessments and Timely Feedback

Appendix A: CBE Tools 1–12
Appendix B: Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrices #1–#5D
Appendix C: Recommended Resources to Support CBE Implementation
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ISBN: 9781544397061