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Breaking With Tradition Book Study

This book study will prepare educators to better meet the needs of all learners in their district, building, or classroom—replacing traditional, ineffective practices with a new model that fosters personalized, student-centered learning.

Mondays beginning July 13 through August 10, Fridays August 21 & 28


Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

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Drive personalized, student-centered change in your school or district

Forty-nine of 50 states currently have policies around moving their state to a competency-based system of learning, recognizing the need to adequately prepare learners for a changing world. Competency is the ability to apply or transfer learning, rather than just the rote memorization of facts. Critical, innovative thinking and problem-solving are crucial components to a strong education, and a focus on capturing evidence of learning anywhere, anytime is crucial—whether in school with teachers or at home, learning can happen. Join Jonathan Vander Els and Brian Stack for a reflective, personalized, and guided book study on their book, Breaking With Tradition: The Shift to Competency-Based Learning in PLCs at Work®, to learn more about how you can facilitate the move to better meeting the needs of ALL learners in your district, building, or classroom.

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Number of sessions: 6


  • Monday, July 13 | Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview of the Design Principles
  • Monday, July 20 | Chapters 2 and 3: PLCs at Work, and Developing Competencies and Essential Standards
  • Monday, July 27 | Chapters 4 and 5: Competency-based grading, and a balanced assessment system
  • Monday, August 10 | Chapters 6 and 7: Supporting all learners (intervention and extension), and supporting the change process
  • Friday, August 21 | Chapter 8: Design Rubrics
  • Friday, August 28 | Next steps (readers should self-assess using the revised school design rubric tool)

Additional Information

Product Code: EWP141

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I will not be able to attend the live webinar. Will I be able to watch the webinar at a later date?
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Do you offer certification or proof of attendance?
Yes, certificates are emailed to all attendees approximately one week after the webinar.

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Book Study FAQ

Will the book study be recorded?
The book studies will not be recorded.

Can I join if I have missed a session?
Yes, you can join a book study at any time during its live broadcast.

Will a copy of the book be provided to participants?
No, a copy of the book will not be provided. You may order the book at any time. We encourage you to have a copy of the book to more closely follow along with the presenter, but having a copy of the book is not required.

Do you offer certification or proof of attendance?
Yes, certificates are emailed to all attendees approximately one week after the end of the book study.

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