Competency-Based Learning: From Theory to Practice

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GOA is thrilled to announce a new online program for educators: “Competency-Based Learning: From Theory to Practice,” to debut in Summer 2020. Be the first to receive updates on program launch, syllabus, and registration information.

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"Competency-Based Learning: From Theory to Practice," an online CBL program for educators

GOA is excited to announce a new online program, "Competency-Based Learning: From Theory to Practice," which will certify teachers in competency-based learning design, a system that prioritizes mastery and personalization over high-stakes testing and seat time. This unique 4 week online program takes a competency-based approach to understanding competency-based learning. Participants are matched with an expert coach who will help them create a personalized learning pathway through the 5 shifts of CBL implementation. Participants will leverage relevant research, voices from experts in the field, and GOA’s CBL Toolkit to design the competencies, learning experiences, and feedback plans needed to reimagine student learning.

This intensive 4-week program kicks off with an orientation where participants will meet with a GOA coach to set goals and create a personalized pathway. Each week participants will conduct a deep dive into learning science research, explore the current state of competency-based learning at their schools, and design curriculum materials informed by research. Coaches will support participants by providing synchronous and asynchronous feedback on their design work. At the end of each week, participants will be meet as a small cohort on Zoom to to exchange feedback and articulate next steps.

Participants can expect 6-8 hours a week of work, including a weekly, 90-minute synchronous video call with a coach and teammates. During the 4 weeks of the program, participants will have unlimited access to a coach for feedback on any curriculum materials developed. After the 4-week program concludes, the course will remain open for the full school-year so that participants can continue to access the resources.

All participants receive a free CBL Toolkit.

Who is this program for?

This program is for classroom teachers who want to adopt competency-based learning in their day-to-day work. You do not need to work at a competency or mastery-based school in order to participate. While we will learn about and discuss the implications of schoolwide adoption of competency-based learning, the bulk of content and activities are focused on classroom implementation for teachers.

When is the program?

The online program will take place in the summer of 2020. We’ll post the exact dates of the program in early November 2019.


The program will be open for registration in early November 2019. Stay informed and be the first to know when registration opens by completing this short contact form.

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