Equity and Inclusion in Competency Learning

The Riley Institute is partnering with KnowledgeWorks Foundation (KW) and South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) in their work to create a cadre of coaches to support implementation of personalized competency-based learning (PCBL) at the school- and district-level in the state.

The South Carolina Coaching Cadre program will take place over the course of nine months to a year and meet several times monthly to consider a wide range of content connected to the design, delivery, and assessment of CPBL.

In its role, the Institute will create programming that impacts coaches’ mindsets and help them build toolkits to operate most effectively in a context of considerable diversity. Coaches will learn how to implement standards, curriculum, and assessments that improve equitable outcomes across diverse student populations in PCBL settings.

The Riley Institute will lead the coaches’ cadre and staff members of SCDE’s Office of Personalized Learning, through a custom presentation of the Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). This work, led by DLI facilitator Juan Johnson, will take place over five days over the course of five months. The Institute will work with KW and SCDE to ensure alignment of DLI learnings with other PCBL-focused sessions presented by the Office of Personalized Learning.

District-focused teams of participants will undertake capstone projects designed to advance district conditions in support of CPBL implementation. Teams will present their work products to other teams in the final DLI session to allow discussion and peer learning.