iNACOL has released a new report, Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education. The publication re-envisions professional practice, learning and development for educators in competency-based education.
As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it is critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. Moving Toward Mastery describes a teaching profession that is equity-oriented, learning-centered and lifelong; it recommends 15 strategies that can help school districts successfully make this paradigm shift.
Strategies include the following:
- Elevate learners, educators and communities as partners.
- Mitigate individual and institutional barriers to equity.
- Develop cultures of inclusion and learning
- Promote culturally responsive instruction.
- Increase flexibility for learner centered practice.
- Articulate competency-based professional pathways.
- Facilitate professional learning that improves practice.
- Develop meaningful systems of assessments and evaluation.
- Establish structures for distributed leadership and collaboration.
- Innovate with focused experimentation and learning.
- Diversify pathways into the profession.
- Redesign educator preparation.
- Diversify pathways through the profession.
- Redesign credentialing and certification.
- Redesign accountability for reciprocity and improvement.
Building off examples of effective teaching, professional development and practice across the nation, the new report explores how communities can work together to prompt and sustain complex systems change of moving both students and teachers from a one-size-fits-all approach to education to one in which all students and all teachers can succeed.