reDesign Blog

May 1, 2019

Driving Instruction with Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: CRP and the Competency-based Learning Cycle

In an October blog post, Everything I’ve Ever Needed to Know About Teaching, I Learned From Black Women: A Recommended Reading List, Akosua Lesesne highlighted the groundbreaking works of ten Black women education theorists whose works have for...

April 15, 2019

Which Summative Assessment Formats are Critical to Competency-based or Mastery-based Learning?

What types of summative assessments should be a part of our Competency-based or Mastery-based assessment model? Do traditional assessments go away? What about in math class, specifically? Is it really feasible to do multi-week projects all of the...

March 1, 2019

Design It Like It's Hot: Creating a High-Quality Inquiry Frame for a Unit of Study

Though strong in theory, Essential Questions often wander off into drab and uninspiring standards-land when writing them for a unit. How do we frame learning, right from the start, in a way that maximizes student interest? How can we keep ...

February 19, 2019

Creatively Communicating Metacognition and Meaning Making: The Art of Visual Journaling for Learning

Back in July, Jon Altbergs wrote a post: 6 Ways to Use Drawing to Make Meaning. In it, he wrote about some simple activities that teachers across content areas could use to help students develop their visualization skills and make meaning of content...

January 10, 2019

A Friendly Introduction to the Competency-based Learning Cycle

Can you imagine walking into a library, in search of a particular book, to find the library has no classification system in place? Or what about arriving at the airport, passing through security, and discovering there are no flight information...

December 3, 2018

Organizing for a Learning-Centered Culture

Does your school, network or district recognize that Learning is Learning is Learning? When I first began working with reDesign’s Framework for Effective Instruction as a building-level administrator, it was a revelation. It was as though I...