Provide educators with the skills they need to design differentiated learning progressions that create routines for student autonomy and help all students succeed.
Using competency-based learning practices to create student-centered classrooms requires district-wide buy-in, differentiated support for educators at every level, and a clear path to success. Our learning plans include four distinct phases to enact these changes across your district.
The BL Lab is the central hub of your professional learning program. Teachers use the BL Lab to find new strategies, engage with their coach, and track both their progress and confidence in their ability to enact new practices in the classroom.
Instructional leaders can use a large library of online courses to provide educators with ongoing professional learning through their PLCs. They can also support new teachers with access to research-backed strategies and lesson plans that provide differentiated support when it’s needed the most.
Administrators have a complete view of their professional learning programs and easy access to learning progress across multiple cohorts.
Teachers work with an instructional coach, matched to their specifications, in order to plan lessons, try strategies, and measure the impact for students. Using the Try-Measure-Learn approach, coaches provide personalized support to help teachers begin using competency-based learning practices in the classroom and achieve measurable outcomes for students.
1-1 Job Embedded Coaching | Virtual
Educators work with a coach to create sustained shifts in practice aligned to target outcomes using our Try-Measure-Learn approach.
Understand how to measure the success of new teaching practices, support educators to achieve their goals, and build a professional learning plan that focuses on continuous improvement. Learning Walks are a non-evaluative tool that helps instructional leaders use data and trend analysis to make decisions about the next steps for the professional learning plan.
Learning Walk Cycle | In-Person
Leaders can identify evidence of the target outcomes in the classroom and in student learning.
Provide collaborative learning experiences that are tied to the competency-based learning outcomes you want to see in classrooms. Virtual Workshops offer job-embedded learning in a collaborative environment where teachers have the opportunity to make goals, identify manageable implementation steps, and create a plan to reflect on results for an ongoing change in practice.
Equitable Grading Practices to Personalize Learning | Virtual
I design equitable competency-based grading models that allow students to demonstrate mastery in a variety of ways.
Student Goal Setting for Student Agency | Virtual
I implement student goal setting and reflection strategies to build student autonomy.
Provide Targeted Supports During Self-Paced Learning | Virtual
I design learning progressions that support students to independently progress toward mastery.
Create Routines to Support Self-Paced Learning | Virtual
I create systems and routines to support students as they self-pace through a learning progression.
The typical timeline to implement meaningful changes in competency-based learning practices can be one to three years, depending on your district’s goals and size. Our comprehensive learning plans incorporate in-person, virtual, group, and self-directed learning experiences throughout the full school year to align with how adult learners actually learn. Our team of educators will create a research-backed professional learning plan that’s personalized based on your district’s strategic plan and is focused on measurable outcomes.
Outcomes are the connecting thread for all of our learning experiences. Each experience is tied to an outcome that makes the change in practice tangible and impactful for students and teachers. For competency-based learning, we focus on helping educators achieve the below outcomes.
Outcome: I design equitable competency-based grading models that allow students to demonstrate mastery in a variety of ways.
Outcome: I implement student goal setting and reflection strategies to build student autonomy.
Outcome: I create competency frameworks to guide my students’ development of proficiency in content and skills.
Outcome: I design learning progressions that support students to independently progress toward mastery.
Outcome: I create systems and routines to support students as they self-pace through a learning progression.
Outcome: I design structures to provide targeted support to students in a competency-based model.
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Learn how to identify and celebrate strengths to equip students to effectively adopt a growth mindset and set learning goals.
Design an active agreement for student success by creating a learning contract.
Ensure equity in your grading practices and analyze the effect of those practices on your students.
Learn more about areas of agreement and explore examples of the ways learning progressions are being used in classrooms today.Learn More
Read strategies for measuring student growth over the course of a school year.Read Strategy
This rubric assists educators in reflecting on current practices for the four components of the learning progression process.Read Guide
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