Resources

 

Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) are proud to release a set of educator competencies for personalized learning, a guide to help teachers lead and thrive in personalized learning environments. In personalized, student-centered classrooms, gone is the default image of a teacher—an adult lecturing to students seated neatly in rows, assigning the same textbook pages to everyone, and administering the same quiz on the same day to the entire class, with the expectation of a “normal distribution” of achievement along a bell curve. Instead, teachers in personalized, learner-centered settings are called upon to assess and address individual student needs and help all reach rigorous proficiency standards. These educators promote collaborative work among groups of students; integrate learning experiences that occur outside the classroom; and, above all, foster learner independence and student voice and choice, or student agency. Achieving this ambitious vision is only possible with significant changes in the very role of the educator and the ways in which educators interact with students, peers, and the broader community. The development of Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching (“the Competencies”) serves as a first step in identifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that educators need in order to create and thrive in effective personalized, learner-centered environments.

 

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is proud to release a new framework state education leaders and policymakers can use to find innovative ways to make sure every child graduates from high school prepared for college, careers and life. CCSSO’s Innovation Lab Network (ILN) has published the Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning for states to use this successful framework, known as the ILN Policy & Implementation Logic Model, as a guide to advance future innovations.