Educational Technology

June 30, 2017

Distinctly Equitable: How This Chicago School Makes Competency-Based Learning Work

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By Colleen Collins, EdSurge

Count Connie Scalzetti, a middle-school teacher at CICS West Belden in Chicago, among the believers. As she puts it, competency-based learning “gives students the chance. Equity isn’t everyone getting the same thing. It’s everyone getting what they need. Allowing students to move on when they’re ready—or revisit something when they need support—is giving everyone a fair chance at being successful.” At CICS West Belden, part of the Distinctive Schools network, we have been on a journey implementing personalized learning that takes a competency based approach. In this model, students learn at their level and move on to concepts when they have demonstrated mastery. This differs from traditional classrooms where the pacing is driven by the teacher and a new lesson is taught whether or not the student truly grasped the concept.

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