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It’s Elementary: What Mastery-Based Learning Looks Like in the Early Years

by Chris Sturgis

Much of the mastery-based approach can be found in elementary schools, especially meeting students where they are. However, there are still practices in elementary schools that are more aligned with compliance than agency. 

In one of the opening break out sessions during the Washington Mastery-Based Learning Collaborative Fall Gathering a teacher in an elementary school said they were nervous about shifting classroom management around so that students were taking more responsibility…… Read More

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How Do States Launch Efforts for Competency-Based Education

by Chris Sturgis

Over the past 15 years there have multiple efforts by states to launch initiatives to modernize schools using the research on learning. Some introduce social-emotional learning. Some focus on personalization based on self-determination theory and others introducing more technology (which may or may not consider the research on learning in how it is used)…… Read More

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The traditional education system is getting in our way. We can do better. It’s time we update our schools to be based on what we know is best for students and for learning. Modern schools start with students being active, engaged and motivated learners.

Founded by Chris Sturgis, co-founder of CompetencyWorks and a leader in competency education, LearningEdge can help you on the path towards modernizing your school. You don’t have to be confused by all those terms — mastery, personalized, competency-based education, project-based learning and student-centered. What’s important is to build a shared vision and a shared understanding of how schools and learning experiences need to be designed for students to become lifelong learners with the know-how to apply academic knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems. LearningEdge can help.