Competency-Based Learning

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Webcast Details

Aired on: February 10th, 2015

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Raymond J. McNulty

Raymond J. McNulty is Chief Learning Officer at Penn Foster and a Senior Fellow to the International Center for Leadership In Education. He is a former Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). He is the author of It’s Not Us Against Them—Creating the Schools We Need and has served education since 1973 as a teacher, vice principal, principal, superintendent, and Vermont’s Education Commissioner.

This Week's Topic

Ray McNulty is one of the nation’s leading experts in, and advocates for, competency-based learning. Instead of mastering skills through memorization and testing, competency-based learning allows students to achieve at their own pace, in addition to incorporating growth experiences outside the classroom, such as volunteering for a civic organization. According to McNulty, expanding opportunities for students to learn and share what they’ve learned with others increases student engagement and helps reduce the incidence of dropout.

During this program on competency-based learning, McNulty will:

  • Address strategies and research on how this style of learning is relevant and critical to student success.

  • Increase understanding of how competencies raise the “standards of learning.”


Worthen, M., & Pace, L. (2014).  A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change  pdfCompetencyWorks Issue Brief. (Ed.). (2015).  Competency-Based Learning or Personalized Learning.

What is Competency Education?  pdf(2014).

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