This past week’s chat was an opportunity to revisit the discussion about Competency-based learning and achievement in schools. The concept is rather simple, and follows along the lines of standards-based assessment and performance-based achievement. Learners focus on becoming competent at skills, at progress only when they’ve mastered that particular skill. It helps move teachers into facilitator roles, as students become much more independent when it comes to learning, and time-based constraints become less important.

The concept has been applied to many schools around the country recently, including some in Michigan, and we wanted to take a peak back at the progress some teachers and schools have made with the model. The model for learning is far different than how we teach currently in time-based scope and sequences, so we were very glad to have Dr. David Richards, Superintendent of Fraser Schools, lead us through a conversation about how to make competency-based learning a successful reality in your classroom or school.

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