Presenter: Chris Jones, Ed.D., Next Level Consulting
Core Area: Texas Teacher Standards: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1B; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3B; Learning Environment 4A, Data-Driven Practice 5A, 5B, 5C, Data-Driven Practice 5D,
T-PESS Standards: Strong School Leadership and Planning Indicator 1.4, Effective, Well-Supported Teachers Indicator 2.3, High-Quality Curriculum Indicator 4.1, Effective Instruction Indicator 5.2
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.7

Are you curious about how to take a competency-based approach in your educational practice? In this 45-min course, Dr. Chris Jones of Next Level Consulting introduces the foundational elements of this approach which focuses on designing personalized learning experiences for each individual student and effectively assessing and responding to their progress towards specific learning targets or competencies.

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In this 45-min course, Dr. Chris Jones of Next Level Consulting will introduce the foundational elements of a competency-based approach. This approach aims to take into account the individual needs, strengths, and weaknesses of each student and design learning experiences that support their growth and development. Through this course, you will learn how to develop a grading system based on practice that effectively assesses, grades, and reports on students’ learning and academic progress.

The course will cover the following objectives:

  • Understanding the foundations of a competency-based approach and how it differs from traditional approaches
  • Designing a grading system that aligns with the standards, learning goals, and objectives for the course or subject
  • Assessing and responding to student progress towards meeting those targets
  • Considering the individual characteristics and needs of each student in order to support their learning and growth

Other courses in this series:

Be the Light – Teacher Leaders Who Show and Do
School and Community Culture
Secondary Math – A Competency-Based Approach
(last title is still in production)

Prior to serving as the Virginia ASCD Executive Director and Owner of Next Level Consulting, Dr. Jones most recently served as the Principal of Thomas Dale High School in Chesterfield County Public Schools (2,500 students in two campuses) in Virginia, where he also served on division-level leadership committees. Dr. Jones was also the Programs Committee Chair for VASCD, the Chair for the Central District, and the Chair for Region 6A as part of the Virginia High School League. Prior to his service in Chesterfield, Dr. Jones was an Assistant Principal, Central Office Teacher Leader, and High School Math Teacher in Virginia Beach. He has also served as Assistant Principal of Sussex Central Elementary School. Dr. Jones found his passion for education following his service as an United States Army Airborne Ranger. He and his wife, Suzanne, have four school-aged children.

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