A couple years ago, I wrote about a really innovative school district where, “learning takes place twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and is delivered at work, in the community, at home, and in school using a comprehensive, standards-based system.” That district was Chugach School District in Alaska. At the time, I didn’t know what competency education was; I was interested in the district’s resiliency as it related to the 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning. Now, as the picture from CompetencyWorks to the left shows, over half of the states have made some sort of move towards competency.
What I didn’t know when I wrote about Chugach is that it was the birth place of the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC). RISC is a, “nonprofit foundation established to transform education systems around the world and produce dramatically improved learning environments and achievement results for all children.” RISC’s approach to schooling is dramatically shifting the education process. The chart below, borrowed from their website, does a great job of transposing a traditional classroom against a RISC classroom:
Working in almost 10 states including some states that are very forward thinking in the way of competency education, including Maine and Colorado, it is clear that RISC is shifting the education process in the United States.
What are some of the other innovative, competency education providers we should be talking about?