Meet Dr. Crumley. Over twenty years ago, he was at the cutting edge of a transformational change effort in Chugach, Alaska. Now in his final year as Superintendent of the Chugach School District, he shares his change leadership story that is sure to challenge and inspire you. Click on the symbol to start listening, or find the 21-minute podcast here: Story of Chugach.

To learn more about the Chugach School District’s transition to competency-based or “performance-based” learning, check out these additional resources from our friends at CompetencyWorks and EdSurge:

“Creativity follows mastery.” These are the words of Benjamin Bloom, who believed that learners are capable of incredible things if they have access to powerful learning environments. This is why we’ve chosen the name “Bloom” for our knowledge-sharing initiative. Bloom is all about our stake in helping to build the capacity of practitioners and leaders who work with our most marginalized youth to reimagine, recreate, redesign our models for learning–within schools and beyond. For us, this is fundamentally a matter of social justice. Reach out if you’d like to submit a guest post, or sign up for our monthly newsletter: [email protected].

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Dr. Sydney Schaef, Ed.D., M.BA., is an educator, entrepreneur, and learning design consultant. She serves as Lead Designer at reDesign. Prior to joining reDesign, Sydney served in the Office of New School Models at the School District of Philadelphia to support school design and startup in Philadelphia. Sydney also served as the co-founder and Executive Director of a 501c3 nonprofit organization that led innovative education and youth development programs in East Africa, and was awarded the Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of her work. Sydney started her education career as a middle school science teacher in Los Angeles, CA, not far from her home town in Ventura. She currently resides in Lancaster, PA with her family. Follow Sydney on Twitter at @sydneyschaef.