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Competency-Based Education

CBE is often a next step for districts implementing personalized learning, but much easier with a partner who has done it before

It is a big shift to focus on mastery-based progression, but designing schools around what students have learned, instead of how much time has passed, leads to better outcomes.

What Do You Need to Do to Shift to CBE?

Surveying the Competency-Based Education landscape, it can be difficult to know where to start. For many, CBE involves rethinking many of the fundamental structures in school districts, from assessment schedules to grade levels and teacher roles. Education Elements can help you plan for CBE, from initial steps at a few pilot schools to strategic planning for district-wide transformation.We'll help structure the choices you need to make so you can feel confident bringing CBE to your district.

Shift to CBE

How Can Ed Elements Support CBE?

  • We work with your district and school teams to determine where you've already laid the groundwork for CBE and where your existing policies and priorities may need to be adjusted.
  • We design and lead your teams through a series of workshops designed to address stakeholder engagement, instructional models, curriculum and assessments, and the policies and organizational structures that are critical for CBE implementation. We know that districts have made different levels of investment in CBE, so we might go deep on professional learning with your staff or spend more time thinking through how to adjust assessment schedules to accommodate flexible learning.
  • Through it all, we seek to build the capacity of your district and school teams to build a comprehensive approach to CBE implementation.


Competency-Based Education Framework

What is Competency-Based Education? Hint: it's about more than just mastery. Check out our framework to see the many components.

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Competency-Based Education Toolkit [Education Elements and Digital Promise]

The CBE toolkit includes lessons learned in and around CBE implementation - from assessment practices to network infrastructure.

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Creating a Culture of Relearning in Your CBE Classroom

How do you ensure your transition to a competency-based classroom results in an emphasis on learning and re-learning rather than testing and retesting?

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Framework for collaborative learning

Complex problems require that students collaborate, so we have developed a framework that helps facilitate student collaboration in the classroom.


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