Competency-Based Education

Competency-Based Education A New Architecture for K-12 Schooling

Rose L. Colby
paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-100-6
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Pub. Date: October 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-102-0

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Competency-Based Education introduces educators to a new model for anytime, anywhere schooling and provides tools and curriculum resources for redesigning the traditional structures of K–12 schools.


Rose Colby’s book is a masterpiece offering a comprehensive resource and in-depth analysis on the transformation of learning possible with competency-based education. She provides a beacon for educators designing the future of education and offers new hope that our industrial-age education system can be remodeled based on a future-focused vision—one where all children can learn, grow and succeed. — Susan Patrick, president, iNACOL, and cofounder, CompetencyWorks

Rose Colby has provided us with a definitive framework to guide our implementation of competency-based education. This book does a masterful job of offering an overview of the vision for CBE, but more importantly, provides a practitioner’s view of the needed steps to transform our school districts. With this work, Colby has offered a guided tour to any educational leader focused on student mastery. — David M. Richards, superintendent, Fraser Public Schools, Fraser, Michigan

Competency-Based Education offers an extensive and thoughtful collection of samples, examples, and case studies that can serve as a very useful guide to implementing CBE. Educators driven to engage each and every student should use this for creating a culture of CBE in their community. — Joe DiMartino, president, Center for Secondary School Redesign

Colby provides a blueprint for educators who seek to become the architects of the future of education and explains how to evolve and redesign current school structures in different types of schools and communities. — John Schembari, NEXUS

She provides a compelling case as to how competency-based learning systems can support today’s unique learners in becoming successful in school and beyond. — Sarah Kiefer, Teachers College Record

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About the Author

Rose L. Colby is currently a competency-based learning and assessment specialist, assisting schools in designing high-quality competency, assessment, and grading reform systems in many states. She is a Talent Cloud Fellow for 2Revolutions, an education design firm. She is a member of the national Advisory Board Company and a contributor to Competency Works, the national clearinghouse and resource for innovative practices in competency-based education. She has served as competency education consultant for the New Hampshire Department of Education for several years, providing outreach to New Hampshire schools districts in developing competency education as well as supporting districts in the development of the New Hampshire Performance Assessment for Competency Education (NH PACE).

Ms. Colby is a motivational speaker and presenter in the areas of competency-based learning, digital learning, differentiation, and school leadership. She has been a partner in the Nellie Mae Education Foundation–funded project centered on student success through extended learning opportunities in partnership with the QED Foundation, the nonprofit Plus Time NH, and the New Hampshire Department of Education.

Prior to 2006, Ms. Colby was the principal of Mountain View Middle School, which was awarded the New Hampshire Department of Education Excellence Award (School of the Year) in 1996 and 2001. While on sabbatical in 2002, she served as principal in residence for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s New Hampshire School Administrators Leading with Technology project.

Ms. Colby currently teaches in the Educational Leadership Program at Plymouth State University. She is the recipient of the university’s 2015 Dennise Maslakowski Memorial Award in Education.

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