From It's Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Learning Summit
Those state and district leaders that had substantial experience in creating competency-based systems constantly reminded us that we had to engage the communities early and often. The true cost of community engagement is rarely budgeted, placing it at risk of being less than adequate.
Engaging parents and the broader community in thinking through what they want for their children was an important step. Participants agreed that there needed to be high levels of “buy-in” by schools and teachers before moving forward. Adams County 50 postponed implementation for a year until they had 80% of their teachers in support of the transition to standards-based learning.
Sustainability will always be an issue with competency-based learning, as it is in any education reform. Thus, constant leadership development will be necessary to ensure that elected officials continue their support. Participants agreed that it was important to explore ways to work together to create greater political commitment and political cover. In addition, participants wanted to learn how to communicate competency-based learning and the other elements of next generation learning to the broader community without causing confusion.
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