General statements that describe the combination of skills, knowledge, characteristics, aptitudes, and traits which contribute to high performance. A competency is something one can do often, in many situations and with strong results. The key to competencies is that they require students to have mastered standards at a deep enough level that they can apply their learning to challenging performance tasks.
"One key consideration is in determining how will you communicate and reinforce learning expectations for students in engaging ways throughout the learning cycle. Are learning expectations posted on a classroom wall? Presented in a slideshow? Conveyed in a video? Shared in a student handbook? Are they celebrated through school rituals? Spoken about with consistent language among teachers? Positively framed?
In collaboration with your teaching team and student leaders, find creative and engaging ways to turn Learning Expectations into inspirational milestones that prepare young people for life after school, while using connections to the world to reinforce meaning and purpose."
Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line
If you like Asia Society's global vision and mission, it is very strong and adoption-ready. If not, we suggest you don't begin with competencies. It takes years to design a fully-developed system, and the technology doesn't support it yet. Begin with other elements of the system and layer in competencies over time.