Going Deeper: Focusing on Student Competence

Audiences: Teacher Leaders , ES School Leaders , MS School Leaders , HS School Leaders , District Leaders
Levels: All Levels

Session Description

Five years ago, the Syracuse City School District began a system wide shift to personalized learning with the hope of raising student achievement, ownership and engagement. After five years, we noticed changes in teacher instruction and the student experience, and established tighter alignment of PL to the district’s strategic goals. Upon reflection, the team recognized that a higher degree of personalization was possible, and therefore student achievement. So, we asked “what’s next?”. This year, the district began the work of a systems level evolution to Competency Based Education. During this interactive session, Manami Tezuka and Nate Franz of SCSD, will share their journey and rationale for moving to CBE, help participants reflect on the current state of their PL implementations and identify concrete strategies and tactics for deepening PL through CBE beliefs and practices.

District Information

The Syracuse City School District, located in central New York, is home to 36 schools that educate 21,000 students. We are an urban district with a high ELL populations speaking over 74 languages!

Manami Tezuka

Manami Tezuka is the Supervisor of Library Media Services in Syracuse City School District. She has worked in education for 20+ years and still likes it! Her most recent work facilitating personalized learning in Syracuse has stretched her thinking and professional practice by widening the possibilities of what effective, meaningful learning can look like with limited resources in a diverse environment.


Additional Resources

PL Hub ( https://scsd.instructure.com/courses/3623)- SCSD’s hub for Personalized Learning Resources and PD
Competency Based Education Framework (https://www.edelements.com/competency-based-education-framework?hsCtaTracking=6a8cec5d-d476-491b-afd3-7bb1297a1573%7C1e8c1644-5e38-417f-8c8b-f03aabb1c433) – from Education Elements