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Competency-Based Education Ignited

A Transformational Systemwide Approach for Leaders

By: Richard A. DeLorenzo, Roxanne L. Mourant

Foreword by: Robert J. Marzano

CBE 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 CBE system along with critical steps for implementation that provide your students with the tools and processes to be empowered learners.

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A critical road map for implementing competency-based learning

The traditional system of education is failing our students. Evidence shows competency-based education (CBE) develops empowered learners who succeed, but effective implementation requires a systemwide, coordinated approach. Competency-Based Education Ignited offers school and district leaders a road map for successfully transitioning to CBE that involves actionable stages and a plan for creating a student-centered learning environment.

This book will help K–12 school and district leaders:

  • 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

Related Topics

InstructionLeadershipSchool Improvement


Additional Information

Product Code: BKG166, EKF710

ISBN: 9781960574022

Published By: Solution Tree

“What an energizing work by two of the most innovative educational thought leaders in the world. Steeped in research, the great power of this book is in the practical steps leaders can take to help guide educational programs through the challenges of the deep, systemic evolution that is required to fully implement a new model of schooling. This is the right work, and the real-world examples are powerful and inspirational.”

Mike Ruyle, author, The School Wellness Wheel; president, Humanize Education

“Based on their 30+ years of experience implementing CBE in a variety of settings, DeLorenzo and Mourant provide a clear road map for a step-by-step transition from traditional schools to schools designed for lifelong learners. Specific CBE strategies for district leaders, site administrators, teachers, students, parents, and state and national leaders are highlighted, along with a number of CBE systemic success stories.”

J. Kelly Tonsmeire, founder, Alaska Staff Development Network

“Through their impressive and amazing experience, visionaries Roxanne and Richard answer challenging questions facing our current school system, taking perspectives of every role that influences the minds that shape our schools, from the principals to the students. For those passionate about learning and the future of education: this is a must-read that you will not be able to put down.”

Angela Maiers, founder, Choose2Matter

“‘All kids can learn. Each learns differently, and each possesses unique strengths and challenges.’ I couldn’t agree more! As we look to reinvent our schools and impact students’ lives, our focus needs to be on creating meaningful paths that students, teachers, administrators can actually follow. Competency-Based Education Ignited outlines an actionable framework to achieve this end, underpinned by decades of experience.”

Ben Newsome, managing director, Fizzics Education, Australia

“I had the privilege to witness CBE firsthand, both in Chugach School District where Rich DeLorenzo was the superintendent and also at Highland Tech in the Anchorage School District, where Roxanne Mourant was an administrator. As a lifelong educator and learner, I know this pedagogy provides success for students to own their learning, to compete in a global society, and to thrive in their learning journey and not just survive their K–12 school experience. The authors of this book provide the leadership and knowledge to change the learning journey for all students.”

Pam Lloyd, strategic educational leader; founder and CEO, Pam Lloyd Consulting

Competency-Based Education Ignited is a unique book in that it includes examples of classroom, school-based, and districtwide strategies that stakeholders can use to enhance and measure learning competency for each student. Chapters designed specifically for each role in the stakeholder process demonstrate how each is vital in the systemwide transformation via the CBE Ignited process. The examples of incremental victories that those who have utilized the CBE Ignited process have experienced are helpful for education systems just getting started with this process.”

William Sullivan, board president, Educating for Leadership

“CBE is the exemplary model for how to take a systems approach to providing quality education to all students through highly engaging, hands-on, relevant, place-based education. Competency-Based Education Ignited is a must-have blueprint for educators and district leaders who dare to embark on the journey of changing their system to meet the needs of all learners.”

Daniel Walker, retired superintendent, Lower Kuskokwim School District, Alaska

“Richard has always been a pioneer in education. Competency-based learning should no longer be considered just a good idea but rather something that all school administrators, policymakers, and parents should embrace right away . . . and as hard as it is, they just need to start.”

Andrew Ko

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