Graduation isn’t the end of learning, and a foundation of personalized competency-based learning prepares today’s students to become lifelong learners.
This is especially important in today’s increasingly dynamic workforce, where a learner’s ability and drive to pursue new ideas and approach problems with creativity and a growth mindset is more critical than ever.
Demand is growing for comprehensive, relevant and rigorous learning environments that empower students to reason, to analyze and to create and collaborate with others to develop solutions and apply what they are learning in a real-world context. Students must be creative, strategic thinkers who can relate and compete on a global scale – and shape their own futures in a time of exponential change.
More than anything, and regardless of what they do after graduation, students must have the capacity and the desire to continue learning. Personalized, competency-based learning empowers learners to do just that, by providing educators with the flexibility and necessary opportunities to understand each learner’s needs, strengths and challenges.
From Vision to Reality: Personalized, Competency-Based Learning for All Kids is designed to help school districts take steps toward personalized, competency-based learning, and equip leaders with the following support to do this critical work:
- Rationale for making the case for personalized, competency-based learning, including what it means and resources to support conversations in a learning community
- Guidance on crafting a future-focused vision and why it’s important
- Essential considerations for educators, students and all stakeholders to ensure implementation of personalized, competency-based learning is successful
- Resources on how flexible state and federal education policies can support personalized learning
To prepare every student for success, leaders must look beyond their own district and this moment in time and think about more than this year’s group of incoming students, this year’s graduating class. Students need a strong foundation, and that foundation is strongest when we consider the future, leverage policy innovation and grow the capacity of our educators.