Professional Development

iNACOL To Host Free Competency-Ed Webinar

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a free webinar next month exploring competency education through foundational elements and public school models.

"The co-founders of CompetencyWorks, Susan Patrick, iNACOL president and CEO, and Chris Sturgis, MetisNet, will share competency education's design elements and structural underpinnings," according to a news release. "To understand how these elements are implemented by educators in districts and schools, this webinar will highlight emerging competency education models."

Other presenters will include Kirsten Brittingham, director of personalized learning at Charleston County School District; Building 21's Sydney Schaef and Virgel Hammonds, chief learning officer for KnowledgeWorks.

"By focusing on empowering educators to personalize instruction for each student's needs, students advancing on competency-based progressions are experiencing powerful learning experiences," said Patrick in a prepared statement. "Districts and schools throughout the United States and around the world are fundamentally transforming K-12 education by designing new, powerful personalized learning models, structured within competency education systems to ensure all students master core learning objectives. By redesigning the education system around actual student learning and building educator capacity, we will work together to effectively prepare each student for college and career in an increasingly global and competitive economy."

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