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WPS Shares its Competency-Based Journey

Educators from across the United States, and even as far away as Russia, called their time in Westminster Public Schools (WPS) well spent after the conclusion of the first-ever WPS Competency Based Education Summit. The CBE Summit, held Sept. 26 to 28, 2018, saw more than 200 educators from 40 different school districts and education organizations gathered for a journey into the WPS Competency Based System (CBS).

The theme of the event was "Lessons Learned from a Decade of Practice", and WPS created a first-class competency-based experience for attendees. WPS is the largest school district in the country to use a Competency Based Education (CBE) model in which students are measured by mastery, or understanding of a learning topic. Through CBS, students are fully immersed in a personalized learning model where they can either move quickly through a learning topic, or take the time they need to comprehend a subject area.

The CBE Summit offered attendees a first-hand glimpse at personalized learning in action, which included school visits to classrooms, tailored CBE sessions, and keynote addresses from Superintendent Pam Swanson and influential educator Dr. Robert J. Marzano. If you missed the CBE Summit, watch the keynote addresses from both speakers online here.

"Talking and hearing from other educators and students and listening to Board of Education members talk about their progress and their journey and lessons learned has been really encouraging and thoughtful," shared Jennifer Marsh, a middle school principal from Mesa School District 51 in Grand Junction who is starting to implement a CBE in their schools.

For more information about the 2018 CBE Summit, visit