Competency-Based Education implies leaving behind the A-F grading scale and designing instruction that includes explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives to empower students with specificity in their learning and at its best, enables them to move at their own pace (often coupled with personalized learning). It also emphasizes the same departure of other modern pedagogy in that students create knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge going forward. This topic impacts credentialing, mastery and assessment.
After observing the camp, America Succeeds created a case study sharing the four-day summer camp experience and their verdict on if it truly supports learners in creating and building Durable Skills that will serve them in high school and beyond.
The iterative process of launching a microschool is challenging, but continuously engaging student voice in the process can elevate student learning and create shared ownership in a vision for learning.