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New Resource Helps Elementary Schools Transition to Competency-Based Education

Bloomington, Ind. (November 3, 2021)— In Leading a Competency-Based Elementary School: The Marzano Academies Model—published by Marzano Resources—authors Robert J. Marzano and Brian J. Kosena outline how elementary school leaders can implement an effective competency-based education system.

Rooted in decades of research and refined in the Marzano Academies, the model presented in this comprehensive guide aids schools in the process of shifting from a traditional school system to a high reliability, competency-based organization.

“[Competency-based education] ensures that students actually learn before advancing,” the authors write, “so they master the content the school considers important at each level and are prepared for the next one.”

Marzano and Kosena present 16 leading indicators that elementary school leaders can use to measure their high reliability status and share a process to create and address lagging indicators based on collected data. Readers will receive research-based strategies and tools to target specific indicators and guide their schools to mastery.

Susan Patrick, president and CEO of the Aurora Institute, calls the book “a must-read—not just for anyone interested in becoming a Marzano Academy, but anyone who wants to implement competency-based pathways in their current school or system.”

Brian M. Stack, a high school principal in New Hampshire, says, “The use of the Marzano Academies model with its 16 indicators provides a framework to help readers successfully execute their plan in their organization regardless of the barriers to implementation that may exist.”

Leading a Competency-Based Elementary School is available to order at MarzanoResources.com.

About the Authors
Robert J. Marzano, PhD, is cofounder and chief academic officer of Marzano Resources in Denver, Colorado. A leading researcher in education, he is a speaker, trainer, and author of more than 50 books and 200 articles.

Brian J. Kosena, EdD, is the founding principal of John E. Flynn, a preK–8 school of innovation in Westminster Public Schools, located in Westminster, Colorado. The first campus of the Marzano Academy network, Flynn continues to serve as the instructional laboratory school for both Westminster Public Schools and Marzano Academies.

About Marzano Resources
Marzano Resources, formerly Marzano Research, is dedicated to helping K–12 educators advance student achievement. Built on the foundation of Dr. Robert J. Marzano’s 50 years of education research, Marzano Resources supports teachers and administrators through customizable on-site professional development, educator events, virtual coaching, books, videos and online courses. Our associates and authors are thought leaders in the field of education and deliver research-backed guidance for all major areas of schooling, including curriculum development, instruction, assessment, student engagement and personalized competency-based education. Marzano Resources is the home of High Reliability Schools and The New Art and Science of Teaching.