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Breaking With Tradition: The Shift to Competency-Based Learning in PLCs at Work™

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Shifting to competency-based learning allows educators to replace traditional, ineffective systems with a personalized, student-centered approach. Throughout the resource, the authors explore how the components of PLCs promote the principles of competency-based education and share real-world examples from practitioners who have made the transition. Each chapter ends with reflection questions readers can answer to apply their learning.

In Breaking With Tradition: The Shift to Competency-Based Learning in PLCs at WorkTM,  authors Brian M. Stack and Jonathan G. Vander Els assert that K–12 education has concentrated too much on system-centered, not learning-centered, approaches to education. As a result, society has lost focus on the true purpose of schooling: learning for all. Stack and Vader Els present K–12 administrators, school leaders, and teacher leaders with a new model of learning, which replaces traditional ineffective school systems with a competency-based model that sets learning at the center of schooling and supports teachers in fostering a personalized and student-centered environment. Using this model to modernize curricular, instructional and assessment frameworks, educators can improve their student’s engagement in and ownership of learning, leading to greater college and career readiness.  
K–12 administrators, school leaders and teacher leaders will:  
  • Evaluate the qualities of true competency-based schools and the flaws in traditional schooling
  • Consider the foundational role that the PLC at Work process has in establishing competency-based schools
  • Gain tips for successfully implementing competency-based learning, grading, and assessment practices
  • Explore real school experiences that highlight the processes and challenges involved in moving from traditional to competency–based school structures
  • Access reproducible school design rubrics appropriate for the five design principles of competency-based learning
  • Jonathan G. Vander Els

    Jonathan G. Vander Els

  • Brian M. Stack

    Brian M. Stack

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ISBN 9781760565770
Publish date 08/02/2018
ascd video No