November 30, 2016
Student-Centered Learning Fact Sheet: Learning is Competency-Based
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is releasing a series of Student-Centered Learning Fact Sheets. Each of these Fact Sheets highlights state policies that support student-centered learning practices, highlights best practices in Rhode Island and across the nation, and provides recommendations for expanding and strengthening student-centered learning in Rhode Island.

Student-Centered Learning recognizes that students need different supports and different amounts of time to achieve mastery of content and skills. Competency-Based Learning is an approach to learning that bases student advancement on mastery of skills and academic content, rather than age, seat time, or hours on task. 

To learn more about this principle - and how Competency-Based Learning takes place in Rhode Island - please see our newest Student-Centered Learning Fact Sheet: Learning is Competency-Based

Please also see our other  Student-Centered Learning Fact Sheets: Personalized Learning and Learning Anytime, Anywhere.
Video: Competency Education and Personalized Learning
As communities across the country continue to face achievement gaps, school districts and community stakeholders are challenged to connect students with the support and resources they need. Competency-based learning can be a key solution.

Watch this video from KnowledgeWorks to learn more about how competency education is different from traditional education, and how it can ensure excellence for every child.

Vote for the 2016 Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Organizing Award!
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Organizing Award will honor a New England youth organizing group that has shown tremendous commitment to advancing student-centered learning or redesigning education to meet the needs of all students - specifically focused on public secondary education. The finalist with the most votes will receive a $50,000 grant for their organization. These grant funds must be utilized to continue the organization's work around advancing student-centered learning or redesigning education to meet the needs of all students.

Two Rhode Island organizations are finalists: Providence Student Union and  Young Voices.

Please click here to learn more and cast your vote today! Polls close November 30 at noon.
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  • Children's Health and Health Insurance 
  • Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice 
  • Early Childhood/Early Learning 
  • Student-Centered Learning
  • RI Campaign for Grade-Level Reading 
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT also publishes a general interest E-Newsletter. 

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For more information about the Student-Centered Learning Initiative, please contact Senior Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller at (401) 351-9400 or