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Friday, August 21, 2015

CCSSO Releases Competencies for Personalized Teaching

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (August 21, 2015) -- In many classrooms today, teachers are transitioning to a more personalized approach to meet the needs of diverse learners. With such an approach, the standard model of whole-class instruction is replaced - or mixed - with customizable learning experiences that are adapted to address the unique learning needs of each student.

To help all teachers be successful in this more personalized, learner-centered environment, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Jobs for the Future have developed a set of teacher competencies that any teacher, school, district or state can use during professional learning opportunities or in educator development programs.

As more states and districts move to instructional approaches that are responsive to the individual needs of students, it requires educators to develop additional skills and dispositions that will lead to successful outcomes for all students.

Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching describes ways educators can best assess and address individual student needs and help all reach rigorous proficiency standards.

Personalized learning environments blur the boundaries of time and space so that learning can take place anytime, anywhere. With support from technology and data analytics, teachers and students work together to determine what concepts the student has mastered and what they should work on next.

CCSSO's work in this area is led by its Innovation Lab Network, a group of states taking action to identify, test and implement student-centered approaches to learning aimed at transforming the public education system.

"These competencies can serve as a valuable framework for ILN states and others as they continue to lead the country in pursuing high-quality, student-centered environments," said Jennifer Davis Poon, director of the ILN.  "Our goal is for states to use these to inform educator development, so that a growing number of teachers are able to help scale the transformation to personalized, student-centered teaching."

Read the full document here.


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.