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Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered, Personalized Education

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) have released Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered, Personalized Education, a resource that serves as a first step in identifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions leaders must master in order to build and sustain learner-centered, personalized schools and learning environments.

This set of competencies describes and defines what leaders need to know and be able to do in order to create transformative, student centered-learning. Learner-centered refers to four specific practices that together show strong evidence of success in preparing students for college, careers and civic life:

• Personalized learning

• Competency-based education

• Anytime/anywhere learning opportunities

• Student ownership

These competencies are designed specifically for education leaders, including principals, assistant principals, headmasters, or school directors. A companion resource, Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-centered Teaching, focuses on the educators closest to and responsible for a group of students' learning process on a day-to-day basis.

CCSSO and JFF convened local, state and national groups to recommend ways to use the Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered, Personalized Education to advance the preparation, recruitment and development of school level leaders in learner-centered settings.

According to Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered, Personalized Education, successful leaders in personalized, learner-centered settings will start with the learner and equity at the center. The knowledge, skills and dispositions leaders need to create equitable, learner-centered environments span four domain:

Vision, Values, and Culture for personalized learning communities (leaders and vision)

Personal Skills, Mindsets, and Values (leaders and self)

Capacity Building for Innovation and Continuous Improvement (leaders and others)

Shared Responsibility and Structures for Continuous Improvement, Innovation, and assessment (leaders and systems)


This publication builds on the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, which aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations.

Information Webinar

Please join CCSSO and JFF for an information webinar on the Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered, Personalized Education. The webinar will provide an overview of the resource and its development process in addition to an opportunity to ask questions.

Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. EST - Register Here