Understanding Competency-Based Education

imagesJoin us October 8, 2015 for a one-day workshop in Denver that outlines the basics of competency-based education and examples of schools that have implemented competency-based systems. Discover the benefits of allowing students to move through levels of content at their own pace, and learn practical strategies for making this system work. The presenters address change management, proficiency scales, report cards, and other topics related to implementing competency-based education.

Participants will:


Rick M. Schreiber and Wendy Battino are the cofounders of Reinventing Schools…now a division of Marzano Research.

Mr. Schreiber has guided and facilitated systemic school reform as a head teacher, staff and curriculum developer, consultant, principal, and executive. Ms. Battino has experience in standards-based instruction and assessment, school improvement planning, and curriculum design at the classroom, school, and district levels.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Marzano Research Training Center
Centennial, CO 80111


8:30–9:00 a.m.    Registration/Welcome
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.    Introduction to Designing a Competency-Based System
12:00–1:00 p.m.    Lunch
1:00–2:30 p.m.    Developing a Shared Vision
2:30–4:00 p.m.    Gap Analysis and Next Steps

Price: $259.00/attendee

For more information contact Sean Duncan, Business Development Manager, Marzano Research
303-766-9199 x334,  sean.duncan@marzanoresearch.com

What Is Competency – Based Education?

Personal Mastery at Fuller Elementary School in Michigan

Personal Mastery in the hallways of Fuller Street Elementary, Maple Valley Schools, Michigan

Competency-Based Education refers to an education system where students are placed in developmentally appropriate levels, and receive instruction on the competencies required to move to the next level. Organizations define the number of levels required for graduation.

Instruction ranges from skills-based to real-life applications. Progress is based upon students’ demonstration of mastery on internal assessments…not seat time or the age/grade level of student.

At RISC, we use the term Personal Mastery System. This is a learner-centered educational approach that leads to each student mastering learning in a personalized manner to ensure students gain the academic and lifelong learning skills they need to be successful in the 21st century.

For a complete Glossary click here.


The RISC staff is available to work with teachers, schools, and entire districts to assist in any aspect of understanding and transitioning to the RISC approach. We can do this through onsite visits to your organization, our webinars and online courses. Use the pull down menu under Services or click choices below to learn more. Our Corporate Capabilities document will allow you to read what we have accomplished, where we have worked and how we can help your organization.

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