How do I create effective competencies? How do I ensure my assessments are mapped to the competencies? How do I get my students to engage in learning in a way that is meaningful and helps to prepare them to be successful in school and beyond?

These are some of the most frequently asked questions I get from people as they begin to think about teaching and learning differently. As schools design and develop competency-based curriculum and content, they often call on the expertise of Rose Colby who has been moving the mountains of educational reform here in the State of New Hampshire and across the country inspiring classroom educators, school leaders and entire communities to improve learning outcomes through mastery-based learning.

When I first joined Motivis Learning in 2015, Rose graciously sat down with me for one of my first interviews to share some insight and answers to those most frequently asked questions in what ultimately became my blog series, From the Field.

In the years since that first interview, Rose has worked with countless schools across the nation as well as policy makers at the State and Federal level to transform learning in a big way. Her travels have brought her into contact with many “Imagineers of Education,” as she calls them, and the interactions and experiences have challenged her and helped to refine and evolve her strategies for working with schools in thier move to Competency-Based Learning.

With last year’s release of Rose’s much anticipated book Competency-Based Education: A New Architecture for K-12 Schooling, she sat down with Motivis once again to discuss the essential tasks necessary to transform learning. This 5 part interview series will focus on different aspects of her work spanning the last 10 years implementing CBE and new systems for learning across the country. We examine how designing for continuous improvement  has shaped and evolved her view of CBE and the important role it plays in enabling student success.  

In this second of 5 episodes, we will take a closer look at creating competencies and aligning assessment and the essential role they play in designing and implementing successful Competency-Based Learning.

Listen to Part 1 here