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Chris Sturgis

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.

Five Things for Big Districts to Think About

After speaking with district leaders, here are five thoughts on how big districts can move forward toward personalized, competency-based education.

Multiple Pathways to Competency-Based Education?

Competency education is a paradigm shift – it is a change in the underlying assumptions. This means there has to be a way to shake off the old assumptions, which is tricky to do when all of us have grown up in the traditional education system.

A Reflection on the Field of Competency Education

By: Chris Sturgis. In perhaps the year's best blog on competency education, we examine the expansion of CompetencyEd, progress by leading organizations, the greatest weakness currently in the field and current Issues going forward.

Doing It Yourself: From Independent Learning Plans to Organizing Your Instructional Path

By: Chris Sturgis. Through competency-based models students take responsibility and ownership of their journey to a career of their choosing. This is what GenDIY is all about, students creating, designing, and owning their education.

Preparing for Conversations with Parents

Designing conversations with parents about their student's academic levels, pace, and progress in competency-based education and helping parents and their students appreciate the value of personalized learning.emphasis on personalized learning based on where students are in their learning

Optimizing Personalized, Blended, Competency-based Schools

Wouldn’t teachers start to have those “what if” moments at lunch or walking in from the parking lot about how they could combine different elements of the different strands of innovation. Wouldn’t students start to bring ideas between classrooms about how their project-based learning could really benefit from having access to some of the resources on-line or how they might be able to create more deeper learning projects if once a week there was a three-hour open period to work on projects so they could get o they could get 4′s not just 3′s for “grades”?

Takeaways and New Questions from EAA School Visits

I encourage you to take the time to put a team together or even a cross-district or cross-state team to go visit Nolan Elementary, Phoenix Multicultural, Brenda Scott Academy for Theatre Arts, and Southeastern Technical High School sooner than later. Michigan and Detroit have a lot of volatile political dynamics (i.e things change), and I’d hate for people to miss the chance to see what can happen when you integrate personalized, mastery-based, and blended into a “student-centered” model of learning.