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Competency-Based Education Ignited

A Transformational Systemwide Approach for Leaders

Competency-Based Education Ignited is a call to action for transformation, shifting the traditional time-based educational system to a student-centered learning model. Gain a deep understanding of a competency-based education (CBE) system along with critical steps for implementation that provide your students with the tools and processes to be empowered learners.


  • Understand student and teacher perspectives in a successful competency-based learning system.
  • Take advantage of CBE implementation knowledge rooted in decades of experience.
  • Examine essential questions to guide understanding in each chapter.
  • Gain insight into the fundamental shift from covering material to facilitating true mastery of content and skills.
  • Discover how a CBE system boosts student engagement and helps students create, deploy, and navigate their own learning.

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Introduction: Creating a New Vision for Student-Centered Schools
Chapter 1: The Reality That Educators Face
Chapter 2: A Revolutionary Future for Learning
Chapter 3: Student Perspective
Chapter 4: Teacher Perspective
Chapter 5: Principal Perspective
Chapter 6: Superintendent Perspective
Chapter 7: A Vision for a New Future
Appendix A: List of CBE Implemented Locations
Appendix B: Glossary of Terms


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