Policy Brief

State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

Susan Patrick, Maria Worthen, and Dale Frost
February 2018 | Aurora Institute

This brief by the Aurora Institute shares state policy recommendations and action steps for policymakers who are supporting the redesign of educator workforce systems to enable educators to build the skills, competencies, and knowledge needed to thrive in modern, student-centered learning environments. Moreover, it highlights four strategies for states and school districts to transform educator workforce systems to prepare teachers with the skills they need for student-centered learning:

  1. Identifying clear, specific educator competencies for personalized, competency-based learning environments
  2. Creating multiple high-quality pathways to educator credentials and development
  3. Developing educator professional judgment for student-centered learning
  4. Building assessment literacy

By modernizing educator preparation and development systems, policymakers will support transformation at scale toward education systems that prepare every student for success in higher education, in the modern workforce, and as citizens.