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Unpacking the Competency-Based Classroom

Equitable, Individualized Learning in a PLC at Work®

Explore a variety of perspectives and examples from educators who have shifted to competency-based education in their classrooms with great results.

Benefits

  • Discover how to make the transition to competency-based education to promote learning for all students.
  • Learn the role PLC practices and structures play in establishing competency-based classrooms and schools.
  • Study real-world experiences and insights from educators from various schools and districts that have transitioned to competency-based systems.
  • Reflect with end-of-chapter questions to enhance your understanding of the material.
  • Receive reproducible templates you can easily use and adapt to fit your needs.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: The Seven Components of the Competency-Based Classroom
Chapter 2: Collaborative Teams: The Structures That Support Competency-Based Learning
Chapter 3: Competencies, Essential Standards, Learning Targets, and Learning Progressions
Chapter 4: Meaningful, Balanced Assessment
Chapter 5: Structures and Systems to Support Instruction
Chapter 6: Structures for Feedback
Chapter 7: The Design Rubric
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Chapter 5

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