Educator Courses

CBL: From Time-Based to Performance-Based

  • Dates

    February 22 - 26, 2021
  • Cost for members

  • Cost for non-members


    About the Course

    One of the core elements of competency-based learning is that “students advance upon demonstrated mastery, not seat time.” Underlying this element is the essential promise of CBL to fight systemic inequities by meeting students where they are. In a CBL system, all students are truly known and provided the support they need to meet high expectations. Teachers don’t need to focus on coverage and moving students along in lockstep; instead, CBL frees teachers up to address the various learning needs of the diverse students they have.

    The shift from “time-based” to “performance-based” fundamentally entails rethinking time so that students can advance based on mastery of a skill rather than seat time. How might you design opportunities for reassessment and differentiation? How might you create more opportunities for student practice and self-reflection?

    In this course, you will:

    • Dig into research around designing for equity and its implications for pace, performance, and progress in the classroom.
    • Reflect and connect to break down the time it takes to learn something new through an exercise designed to help you empathize with your students.
    • Create an assessment storyboard or a nonlinear curriculum to provide for reassessment and differentiation.
    Images of six badges for GOA's competency-based learning series.

    GOA has articulated five shifts for educators who want to adopt competency-based learning. Our Competency-Based Learning Series covers those five essential shifts and offers badges to certify teachers.

    Earn Digital Badges

    Participants will be awarded a digital badge upon the successful completion of this course. The badge is a digital artifact that demonstrates accomplishment and can be shared in many places – across social media, in an email signature, or even on a web-based resume. More details on GOA badges in competency-based learning will be announced during each course. Completion of all five courses in our series makes participants eligible to receive our Competency-Based Learning series badge.

    About the Competency-Based Learning Series

    For nearly a decade, GOA has been developing high-quality, passion-based online courses. In 2016, we adopted competency-based learning (CBL) because we realized that, when taken together, online learning and CBL add up to something even stronger: a vision for learning that ensures students do cognitively complex work that matters to them, wherever and whenever that learning might happen.

    The purpose of the Competency-Based Learning series is to guide educators in translating the theoretical underpinnings of CBL into sustainable classroom practices. Each course will prepare educators for the shifts that occur in competency-based learning classrooms and schools.

    Although this is designed for educators who may be in schools that have already embraced competency-based learning, the courses in this series are designed to be applicable to any CBL-inspired classrooms and curriculum. You do not need to be an educator in a “CBL school” to join these courses.

    Following a discover, explore, and apply framework, each course is one week long and will have participants learning alongside colleagues from other schools. Participants will leave with practical, tangible work products that can be applied directly to their practice, whether teaching in online, in-person, or in hybrid learning environments this year.

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