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Student Experience: Pacing and Personalization

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Student Experience: Pacing and Personalization 

A Making Mastery Work Webinar

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Join CompetencyWorks and iNACOL for a webinar looking at how competency-based schools create personalized learning experiences that allow students to take the time they need to become proficient.



In 2011, the Proficiency-based Pathways project was launched with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.. The findings from Proficiency-based Pathways are shared in the report Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Educationpublished by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.



This webinar will look at two very different models structured around the concept of progress upon mastery. The Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy (MPTPA) in Hartford, Connecticut is part of the National Center for Education and the Economy’s Excellence for All network. In this initiative, students must demonstrate qualifying scores on examinations that are aligned with research-based college readiness standards. Once students have achieved qualifying exam scores, they can move on to a range of possible pathways.  We will hear insights from MPTPA about what needs to be in place to support students within this structure.


We will then hear from Schools for the Future (SFF) about their self-paced model designed for 8th graders that have been retained and with significant skill gaps, accelerating their learning so that they are fully college and career ready.  SFF has four performance levels to graduation, modularized curriculum, and blended learning instructional delivery model.



This webinar provides practitioners, advocates and policymakers a chance to hear directly from practitioners about their experiences.   You will be able to learn about the following:


  • What are different ways in which schools are structuring progress upon mastery?


  • How is personalization and pacing defined within different models?


  • What are the core elements that need to be in place to ensure that students behind grade level or struggling with content can stay on-pace?




  • Andrew Skarzynski, Principal, Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy


  • David Osborne, Engagement Manager, National Center for Education and the Economy


·      Ephraim Weisstein, Founder of Schools to the Future and, co-author Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education

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