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December 1, 2016
Join Douglas Finn III as he provides an overview of an upcoming Marzano Research handbook on personalized competency-based systems.

Designing and Implementing a Personalized Competency-Based K–12 System Webinar

December 8, 2016 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Personalized competency-based education (PCBE) systems may look different everywhere, but districts, schools, and classrooms can follow a schema or blueprint to ask the right questions before diving in headfirst. The webinar will highlight a framework of seven questions designed to support districts, schools, and classrooms as they put the pieces together to create a system that connects key features of personalized learning with the technical requirements necessary to fully implement a competency-based system.

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October 20, 2016
Marzano Research staff to present at iNACOL Symposium

Staff members from Marzano Research will be presenting at the 2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in San Antonio, TX, Oct. 25–28. The annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K–12 competency-based, blended and online learning. Scheduled to present are R. Marc Broderson, Douglas Finn III, and Rebecca Mestaz.

Wednesday, October 26, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

From Pockets of Excellence to a System of Excellence: Scaling & Sustaining Personal Competency Transformation
This panel will be moderated by R. Marc Brodersen of Marzano Research.
Note: Presenters include leaders from Lindsey Unified School District, Westminster Public Schools, and Empower.

This panel of early implementers will share 35+ combined years of transformation experience from time-based traditional education to personal competency models of personalized learning. Chapters of discussion will include problems and solutions in the change process, traditional versus next gen professional development, and innovations to scale and sustain best practices, the monitoring of adult capacity and system continuous improvement.

Thursday, October 27, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Competency-Based Education and Self-Directed Learning Practices in the Classroom
Doug E. Finn III and Rebecca Mestaz

The ultimate goal of a competency-based system is to have students gain more ownership and responsibility of their learning. By engaging them in creating the classroom expectations, students become a part of the learning process and develop skills that will enhance their learning experience independent of content. In this session, the focus will be on learning tools and strategies to engage and teach students the necessary behaviors and processes to be successful in a competency-based system.

Thursday, October 27, 4:15 – 5:15 PM

Understanding the Importance of Classroom Assessment and Student Recording in a Competency Based System
R. Marc Brodersen

In competency-based systems, effective classroom assessment and student recording are essential. This session will engage participants in identifying the influences of assessment and student recording practices on instructional and student progression decision-making. This session will describe the Westminster Public Schools’ competency-based system, a study examining student progression and classroom assessment, and implications for the implementation of competency-based educational practices.

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September 16, 2016
Marzano Research began working with Lake County School District in 2014 to support the design and implementation of personalized learning in pilot schools. We have provided professional development, coaching, and train-the-trainer sessions to personalized learning facilitators, teachers, and district and school leaders. This series of articles describes the district’s progress.


June 7, 2016
In 2015, Marzano Research began working two new high schools in Providence Public School District, Rhode Island – 360 High School and Evolutions High School. Funded as Opportunity by Design High Schools by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the schools were designed with local students, teachers, parents and community members around Carnegie’s 10 Design Principles for effective secondary school models. Marzano Research has worked with district and school leaders and teachers to support the personalized learning approach, including developing student-centered learning environments, and using proficiency scales as the foundation for curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Read more about their design process and approach to teaching and learning in these articles:

April 28, 2016
Recently, Chris Sturgis visited Charleston County School District, and she shared insights into how medium-sized districts can effectively introduce personalized, competency-based education. Here is the complete blog series:

  1. Breaking Ground for Personalized Learning in Big Districts
  2. Progression of Implementation for Personalized Learning
  3. Personalized Learning at Pepperhill Elementary
  4. A Conversation with Teachers at Stall High School
  5. A Conversation with Teachers at Goodwin Elementary School
  6. Pinehurst Elementary School

April 13, 2016
Marzano Research began working with Charleston County School District in 2013, and throughout the last three years. Marzano Research has provided on-going professional development and on-site coaching in the personalized learning model, student centered classroom environments, proficiency scales and standards-based grading. Working at the school site with teachers, coaches and administrators, and with leaders at the district level, Marzano Research has been an influential partner in helping Charleston County School District create a unique personalized learning model that is empowering students to succeed.

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February 25, 2016
The Reinventing Schools division of Marzano Research was instrumental in the early training and development in a competency-based educational model at Red Bank Elementary in Lexington, South Carolina. The district’s goal is to create a personalized school improvement plan for personal mastery that aligns to their current implementation data. These plans are leader driven with stakeholder input and will be monitored using a continuous-improvement process and key performance indicators. The Reinventing Schools team will be participating in upcoming leadership coaching visits to further support district administrators on their school improvement action planning.

Check out the recent story published on to learn more!

January 20, 2016
The 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium had a record-breaking 3,100+ attendees! The Reinventing Schools division of Marzano Research was proud to be a part of this year’s conference held on November 8–11 in Orlando, Florida. Our presentations on personalized learning and competency-based education helped educators prepare and plan systems to increase student achievement. View the presentation.