June – once the gateway to summertime fun, now a time for planning, professional development and thinking about school design. School design is becoming a critical skill for principals, districts and state policymakers. There are so many design choices involved in competency-based models, where does one start? Below are a few resources that can help you start thinking about how you want your school to operate:
- The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment (a CompetencyWorks Issue Brief)
- The Shift from Cohorts to Competency (published by Digital Learning Now!)
- Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education (published by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation)
- Opportunity by Design – 10 School Design Principles (Carnegie Corporation of New York)
- To Dream the Impossible Dream and Think Swiss Cheese (to get you thinking about how to design for students with differentiated skills)
Do you prefer to learn through video? Get a big glass of lemonade and treat yourself to Maine’s videos about personalized, proficiency-based learning. Or sit back and catch up on CompetencyWorks webinars on YouTube. Creating Systems of Assessments and Student Experience: Pacing and Personalization are especially helpful to think about school design.