Understanding Competency-Based Education

imagesJoin us July 10, 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 co-founders of Re-Inventing Schools Coalition.

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.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Marzano Research Training Center
Centennial, CO 80111


8:30–9:30 a.m.    Registration/Welcome
9:30 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.

Implementing a Competency-Based High School System

imagesThis 2-day conference held July 13 and 14, 2015 in Denver, will clarify the pathway towards a competency-based system, discuss potential challenges to proactively plan for and facilitate discussions for problem solving and planning next steps. The first day will be, primarily, whole group discussions, facilitated by Dr. Robert Marzano and RISC staff. Day two will include small group, facilitated table talks and/or work sessions of choice. Topics of choice will include: competency-based recording and reporting strategies, scheduling, transcripts, eligibility, community engagement and more. These small-group work sessions will be facilitated by a combination of Marzano Research team, RISC staff and Coalition Leaders and lead toward participant develop of processes, procedures or policy revisions to support implementation at his/her site. Opportunities to build peer relationships will be an intentional part of all interactions. Discussions and interactions will focus upon the critical question: How might high schools successfully implement a standards-driven, competency-based educational system, built upon a foundation of shared leadership and a learner-centered culture, to improve the quality of today’s education?

Participants will leave the workshop knowing:

Who should attend?

RISC Coalition District and High School Leaders, Non-RISC District and High School leaders with a foundational understanding of, and experience with, competency-based systems.


Bob Marzano, CEO, Marzano Research
Doug Finn, Education Specialist, RISC Division- Marzano Research

Price: $400/attendee

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

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