Competency-Based Personalized Learning 60hours

This 60-hour course is designed to critically examine various Personalized Learning models with an emphasis on competency-based learning.  All participants will explore the 4 pillars of PL: student agency, learner profiles, learning pathways, and flexible learning environments.

By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of the 4 pillars of PL, and you will have tried 4 PL activities in your classroom.  You will create a learning portfolio with artifacts from your activities and will share them out in our last session.  

This continuing education course cost is $299.

3 graduate credits are available through the College of Charleston for an additional $150.

Group discount codes are available.  Please contact Eileen directly to discuss this.

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Registration closes on January 27th. Don't miss it.








Course Dates: Feb. 4 - May 12, 2020

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Only 25 available spots for this cohort.

Session 1: Online Orientation, Housekeeping, and Introductions

  1. Introductions
  2. Expectations
  3. Initial Assignments
  4. LMS tour

2 hours

Session 2: Topic 1 - Overview of PCBE

The Why Behind Competency-Based PL

  1. What is it?  What is it NOT?
  2. How are different systems similar? How are they different?
  3. What is the SCDE model?
  4. How do I cover all the standards and their sub-parts?


Session 3: Topic 2 - Agency: Self-Accountability & Standing on My Own

  1. Setting and Monitoring Classroom Goals
  2. Creating Tools for Measuring Progress
  3. SOPs 
  4. Integrating Voice and Choice into the Teaching and Learning Process
  5. Q & A
  6. Tech Tips

Session 4: Topic 3 - Learner Profiles - Getting to Know You

  1. What to include
  2. How to build relationships 
  3. How to continue the learner profile and make it actionable
  4. Building positive climate in your room
  5. Tech Tips

Session 5: Online Q&A

  1. Troubleshooting
  2. Technical issues
  3. Your needs


2 hours

Session 6: Topic 4 - Learner Pathways - Instructional Practices

  1. Traditional Ed vs. CBE
  2. Time as the variable
  3. Pros/Cons
  4. Instructional Strategies
  5. The power of the pre-test (Digital & Analog)
  6. Breaking down pre-test data
  7. Clustering & tagging questions
  8. Students breaking down strengths and weaknesses
  9. Tech Tips: GradeCam

Session 7: Topic 5 - Learner Profiles - Personal Tracking

  1. Why create Learning Targets?
  2. How to dissect a standard
  3. The  power of student tracking
  4. Variety of trackers
  5. Use within Blended Learning
  6. Tech Tips

Session 8: Topic 6 - Flexible Environments and Pathways

  1. Why is a flexible environment important?
  2. Is it just about the furniture?
  3. Developing multiple paths for different levels if knowledge
  4. Blended Learning
  5. What, Why, and How?
  6. TechTips: Screencastify, EdPuzzle, Hyperdocs

Session 9: Portfolio Presentation - Sharing Out Your Findings

  1. Individuals will present their portfolios
  2. Viewers will provide feedback to each presenter via a Google Form

2 hours

Eileen Fernandez-Parker


Eileen is a Google Certified Trainer for Edu and has a Master’s in Educational Technology with 30 years experience in public education spanning kindergarten through graduate level classes. Eileen worked with the  @GoogleForEdu Writing Team to collaborate on Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum development. Previously, she served an Innovation and Digital Learning Coach in Charleston County School District, SC, and has been a presenter for local and state conferences including SC ED Tech and EdTechTeam Summits. You can connect with Eileen on Twitter at @EFPTech and her company at @cultivatelearn.

Presently, Eileen is the president and CEO of Cultivating the Learning, a company created by teachers for teachers to increase innovation in the classroom using technology to increase personalized learning, blended learning, problem-based learning, and authentic learning. She is open to new training, coaching, and consulting opportunities.

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