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Designing a Standards-Based Customized Learning Community: A Consortium

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Mark your calendar and join Bea McGarvey and the MCCL…

Purpose of the Consortium:

  • To present the Customized Learning Vision for Maine Schools
  • To increase the capacity of Maine educators to implement Standards-Based Education

Teams will increase their understanding of the components of true Standards-Based Education, specifically

  • What the STRUCTURE looks like…
  • What the CURRICULUM looks like…
  • What ASSESSMENT looks like…
  • What GRADING looks like…

December 3-4, 2012, and February 6-7, 2013

Download the PDF flyer here.

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For more information, contact Linda Laughlin.

Bea McGarvey is a Maine native who dedicated a 30-year career to Maine schools. She has served in the past decade as a distinguished education consultant for more than 100 schools and districts, as well as state and federal education agencies, specifically in the areas of teaching and learning, leadership, and organizational development. Currently, she is a partner in Total Leaders Associates and a senior associate at Marzano Research Lab. McGarvey is co-author with Charles Schwahn of “Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning – Learning in the Age of Empowerment.


CompetencyWorks Visits MCCL Schools

On October 19, 2012 Chris Sturgis wrote an article for the website  It is about the great things that are happening in Maine Schools.  Please take a moment to read this story about his visit to some of our schools in Maine.  His article starts with:

“Classroom after classroom, school after school, district after district – an incredibly powerful commitment to student-centered proficiency-based instruction has taken root in Maine.  What you see on the videos is what you see in the classrooms. What’s more, it is incredibly consistent classroom after classroom.

• High level of transparency about learning targets and rubrics between students and teachers.
• Customized learning with students working at their own pace within a band of what it means to be “teacher-paced” with choices about how they will pursue their learning and build evidence of their learning.
• Teachers organizing themselves to enable students to get what they need, working at their own achievement levels so that they can experience success.
• Teacher collaboration and professional development driven by proficiency.

During a rapid-school-visit tour across four school districts led by Maine’s Superintendent of Instruction Don Siviski, my personal understanding of competency education shifted. Here are my big Ah-Ha’s from my visits.  I’ll write in more detail about the site visit later.”

Link to article

-Gary Smith