When we started our Building 21 Lab Schools in Philadelphia and Allentown, we spent all of our time defining what needed to change for students. We created our Competency Framework and figured out all the ways we wanted to change instruction, scheduling, crediting, grading, etc. We quickly realized that the ways in which we were changing teaching and learning for students required a very different set of skills for our teachers.
In transitioning to personalized and competency-based learning, it is equally important to outline what we want the adults to know and be able to do as it is to define that for our students. We asked ourselves, “What do we need teachers to focus on in their own personal and professional growth and development to support these changes in teaching and learning for our students?”
That process led us to the creation of our five Teacher Competencies.