Meeting Students Where They Are: Competency-based Instruction in Action

WHEN: August 16-18, 2017

WHERE: Philadelphia, PA

COST: $450 (Early bird: $395 by April 10)


What does competency-based, self-paced learning actually look like? And how do I implement it in my classroom? Learn the skills, structures, and tools for implementing individualized learning in ways that foster high engagement, collaboration, and self-regulation. Consider immersing yourself in a summer of competency-based teaching and learning by registering for Competency-based Curriculum Design Part 1 and Part 2 - Virtual Charrettes.


In this series of intensives, you'll have the opportunity to learn, practice, and apply the skills, structures, and practices of powerful competency-based instruction. Learn about a set of teacher modalities and instructional interventions aimed at optimizing blended and self-paced learning environments. For a quick look into the "teacher modalities" that support self-paced and learner-centered instruction, check out this brief video of Bronx Arena High School co-founder Sam Sherwood, or see learner-centered instruction in action through this Bronx Arena Monograph.




Registration is a two-step process. First, complete the short application so that we can learn about your goals, your plans, and your context. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a 72-hour turnaround. If your application is approved, you will be notified by e-mail and receive a link to registration and payment options.



We are glad you are asking! If this sounds like you, the answer is yes:

  • I am ready to rethink how I organize time, space, and teacher and student roles in my classroom
  • I really want all of my students to take more and more ownership of their learning, but how do I help them get there?
  • One of my toughest challenges is figuring out how to keep my struggling students from falling through the cracks



We're excited to hear from you. Reach out to Lena for questions or more information:


facilitated by:

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.



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