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Laying the Foundation for Competency Education with Culture and Climate

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As they transition to a competency-based learning model, Mesa County Valley School District 51 is also focusing on creating a robust, empowered culture of learning with growth mindset, social and emotional learning and Habits of Mind at its very core.
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Holacracy: Organizing For Change At District 51

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Holacracy is a system for self-organizing, so that as context changes, so can the organization. Here is more on how Mesa Valley County School District 51 is implementing this model internally as they shift to a competency-based education system.

Growing Into The Framework: A District’s CBE Implementation Strategy

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In its journey to shift to a competency-based learning model, Mesa County Valley School District 51 leadership is working to ensure there is strong support in place for all of its 44 schools as they grow into this new framework.

The Vision of Performance-Based Education at District 51

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During my visit to District 51 in Colorado to observe its shift to competency-based education, I learned more about how leadership is shaping the overall vision to create a culture that includes growth mindset and social & emotional learning.

Building Community Consensus for District Change

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I visited Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Colorado for a week to observe its shift to competency-based education. Here are highlights on how leadership is building consensus and shaping community engagement for input on changes.

Catalyzing Mastery-Based Learning: NYC’s Mastery Collaborative

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As part of my NYC Mastering Mastery-Based Learning tour series, this blog discusses how the NYC Department of Education created the Mastery Collaborative to support schools ready to take on the new frontier of mastery-based learning.

Part 2: What Does it REALLY Mean to Do Standards-Based Grading?

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The second blog in a two part series exploring how a district can implement high quality standards-based grading, and when it is the right time to do so.

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