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Chris Sturgis was the co-founder of CompetencyWorks, the go-to source about competency education. Her knowledge of modern education models have developed by visiting over 100 schools that are leading the way in the U.S. and New Zealand. In 2018, she was awarded Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning Award by iNACOL (now Aurora Institute). You can find more articles about personalized, mastery learning approaches at LearningEdge.
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Mastery Learning in Action

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Mastery Learning in Action, a paper recently published by the Mastery Transcript Consortium, offers a comparative structure based on visits and interview from five of its member schools.

Shining the Competency Education Light on Education in the Time of COVID-19

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COVID-19 has created the conditions for a radical transformation in our schools. Chris discusses how personalized, mastery-based, competency, and proficiency-based approaches help teachers and schools.
February: Exploring Agility in Learning

How the Research on Learning Can Drive Change

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Chris talks about concepts that research has uncovered about how we learn and how those can be used to drive change.

Holacracy: Organizing for Change at D51

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Holacracy is a system for agile self-organizing. At District 51 change management was and is being facilitated by a holacratic structure.

The Best Academic Schools in Tennessee Feature the Best Character Program in the Country

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Valor Collegiate Academies has been in the top 5 percent of Tennessee schools on growth and achievement every year since it started in 2014. But we visited Valor (seven miles south of the Country Music Hall of Fame in suburban southeast Nashville) because of the well-regarded Valor Compass, a holistic human-development program.

Supporting Teachers with Professional Learning at District 51

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As Mesa County Valley School District 51 continues its shift to a competency-based education model, it is also shifting its focus on professional development to professional learning for educators.

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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