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Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching

Publication dateAugust 2015
publication pdfEducator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching
KeywordsPersonalized Learning, Educator Competencies, InTASC, the Innovation Lab Network

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) are proud to release a set of educator competencies for personalized learning, a guide to help teachers lead and thrive in personalized learning environments.

In personalized, student-centered classrooms, gone is the default image of a teacher-an adult lecturing to students seated neatly in rows, assigning the same textbook pages to everyone, and administering the same quiz on the same day to the entire class, with the expectation of a "normal distribution" of achievement along a bell curve. Instead, teachers in personalized, learner-centered settings are called upon to assess and address individual student needs and help all reach rigorous proficiency standards. These educators promote collaborative work among groups of students; integrate learning experiences that occur outside the classroom; and, above all, foster learner independence and student voice and choice, or student agency. Achieving this ambitious vision is only possible with significant changes in the very role of the educator and the ways in which educators interact with students, peers, and the broader community.

The development of Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching ("the Competencies") serves as a first step in identifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that educators need in order to create and thrive in effective personalized, learner-centered environments. The Competencies are organized into four domains-Cognitive, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Instructional. For each domain, we identified both high-level competencies and detailed "indicators," which describe specific ways that educators can meet each competency in a personalized, learner-centered manner.

Our intent is for the Competencies to serve as a "living" tool to guide educator development, so that a growing number of teachers are able to help scale the transformation to personalized, student-centered teaching. Within schools, practitioners may want to utilize the Competencies for self-assessment, quality development, hiring decisions, and culture reinforcement. In addition, with appropriate stakeholder engagement and ongoing research, district and state leaders may use the Competencies to guide the design of educator standards; licensure requirements, badges, or endorsements; preparation program curricula; induction processes; or other educator supports.

To that end, in August, nine states in CCSSO's Innovation Lab Network came together to review the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching and explore how the Competencies can be put into practice within the current systems of educator workforce development so that increasing numbers of teachers are prepared to successfully personalize learning and better meet the needs of students across their state.

Contact:Jennifer Poonjennifer.poon@ccsso.org202-336-7051