Districts around the country are moving away from teaching models based on lectures and textbooks—but transition isn’t always simple. Creating a competency-based or mastery-based environment requires re-thinking everything, including teaching methods, assessments, and how to best prepare students for life after school. Both Kankakee Public Schools in Illinois and Naugatuck Public Schools in Connecticut are making the shift to competency-based learning, and have had their share of challenges along the way. Here, administrators from the two districts chart their journey and reflect on the importance that project-based learning (PBL) has in preparing students for college and careers.

Caroline Messenger, director of...

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  • About the Author:

    Caroline Messenger is director of curriculum at Naugatuck Public Schools in Conn.

    Felice Hybert is assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Kankakee School District in Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Find8Fences.