Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a webinar hosted by CompetencyWorks about what states are doing to advance the practice of competency education.Presenters included Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL; Jason Glass, Director of the Iowa Department of Education; and Don Siviski, Superintendent of Instruction at the Maine Department of Education.
Unlike Maine, the competency conversation is rather new in Iowa.Last year, the Iowa Senate established a task force to examine competency education and what it might look like in the state.The task force released a preliminary report in January of this year and will release further recommendations to the Iowa Legislature in November 2013.The task force’s preliminary recommendations include:
Developing common language and vision for competency education;
Conducting a review of current policies, administrative rules, and education and para-educational practices that may block optimal implementation of competency education;
Establishing a research partnership with an institution of higher education to monitor and evaluate the work and to share findings.
I’ll end this post with one of my biggest take-aways, a reading list provided by Don Siviski, for those making the shift, or thinking about making the shift, to competency education.