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Group to Host Webinar for Educators to Learn Competency-Based Strategies

Group to Host Webinar for Educators to Learn Competency-Based Strategies

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the same group behind a recent report detailing successful competency-based strategies in K-12 systems, is hosting a free webinar later this month for educators looking to learn more about these strategies.

"The webinar will investigate effective district implementation strategies, informed by local education leaders, to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students' needs," according to the Association's press release.

The webinar will be ran in part by author of the report Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders, Chris Sturgis, who has spent the past five years investigating competency-based school districts across the country.

In his report, Sturgis found four key steps to successfully implementing competency-based strategies which will be discussed in the webinar. These steps, he said, are the key from moving away from a one-size-fits-all system to a learning-based system that benefits everyone involved.

The report details how schools can best gear up for transformation and move away from the traditional learning system in place, design the infrastructure of the new competency-based system, move to the new system and then remain innovative and open to continuous improvement after implementation. Undoubtedly, the webinar will touch on all four of these steps.

"Leaders and educators must understand the research on teaching and how students learn. They will need to redesign their instruction and practices based on these understandings, placing students at the center," Sturgis said in the conclusion of his report.

Educators can get insight into the best ways to do this on the June 25th webinar. To learn more and to register, read here.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

06/10/2015

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