- Learn and apply a research-based methodology for developing engaging, competency-based units of study
Develop an engaging, competency-based, problem-based unit of study
Interested in checking out an exemplar unit of study designed using this particular methodology? Click below to explore a student-facing unit of study that we call an "Exploration." Explorations are problem-based units of study that combine engaging real-world issues, a highly scaffolded investigation of diverse learning resources and learning activities, and meaningful opportunities to build and apply target competencies.
The artifacts showcased in the Google Slide above are shared to give you a sense of the design outcomes for this reDesign Institute: a unit of study ("Exploration)" constructed around a research-based learning cycle, designed to foster a metacognitive, student-driven approach to learning.
This Instititute is part of reDesign's spring and summer series of Competency-based Education (CBE) Institutes, which also includes: Leading the Way: Designing Competency-based Systems (for school and district leaders) and Meeting Students Where They Are: Competency-based Instruction in Action . Each Institute will model CBE best practice, with multiple entry points, on-demand small group mini-lessons and feedback support, one-on-one coaching, and self-pacing.
Sydney Schaef, M.B.A., M.Ed., is a designer and consultant at reDesign. Sydney has 12+ years of experience, both domestic and international, as a teacher, school designer, and education nonprofit leader. She brings an organizational development lens, a knack for visual thinking, and lots of positive energy to the work. Sydney is the author of Five Key Lessons of Mastery Learning Startup. She lives in Lancaster, PA with her family.
John Altbergs, MAT, is a designer and knowledge-builder at reDesign. Jon has 30+ years of experience as a teacher, school leader, and designer. He is wicked smart, wonderfully pragmatic, and endlessly creative. He truly has the mind and skillset of a designer, making powerful, synergistic connections that lay the groundwork for awesome and energizing learning experiences. Jon hangs with his family in New Hampshire.