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Implementing Competency-Based Education Strategies: From Research to Practice

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Central Time


This Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest webinar showcases how competency-based education (CBE) strategies can positively impact student learning outcomes and how to create structures within a school or classroom to effectively implement CBE strategies.

A senior researcher from the American Institutes for Research presents an overview and key findings from a study that examined the relationship between CBE practices and students’ learning skills, behaviors, and dispositions. Participants also hear from two Illinois high school leaders about their experience implementing CBE instructional strategies, including challenges and lessons learned. Finally, representatives from the Minnesota Department of Education discuss how they are supporting state-approved alternative and online learning programs implementing CBE.

Partnership: Midwest Career Readiness Research Alliance


  • Susan Burkhauser, PhD, Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Lisa Balata, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ridgewood High School
  • Eric Lasky, STEM Division Head, Ridgewood High School
  • Jeff Plaman, Online and Digital Learning Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Sally Reynolds, Alternative and Extended Learning Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Kristina Zeiser, PhD, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research