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Summit Offers Information, Inspiration About CBS

Educators from across the country are offering rave reviews for Westminster Public Schools 2019 Competency Based Education Summit: Elevating Learning through Personalization, held earlier this month at the Marriot Westminster.

“Thank you so much,” said Odell Smith from the Pattonville School District in St. Louis Missouri. “Our district is in the process of doing (implementing) competency based models, so we are here to learn more.”

Westminster Public Schools is the largest school district in the country to be completely competency based and for almost a decade the district hosted site visits for teachers and administrators requesting more information about CBS. To meet the demand and to better share information, last year the district held its first-ever summit.

While the district is proud of its competency based journey, Superintendent Dr. Pamela Swanson says the summit is also an important learning experience for members of Westminster Public Schools as well. “We are not afraid to make adjustments,” Swanson told attendees. “We have made them along the way and we continue to learn and grow and evolve every day.”

Among the highlights:

  • Visits to schools across the district to see CBS in action
  • Keynote Speech from Susan Patrick- President and CEO of iNACOL and a Co-Founder of Competency Works
  • Keynote Speech from Dr. Robert Marzano-Noted education researcher and author
  • 35 Breakout sessions featuring insights from teachers, principals, administrators and members of the WPS Board of Education

The summit also hosted a lengthy Question and Answer session hosted by Board Vice President Joe Davidek

Here are the video highlights from keynote speakers Susan Patrick and Dr. Robert Marzano.


2019 WPS Summit Picture Slideshow: