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Transform teaching and learning with personalized competency-based education (PCBE). With the support of this comprehensive guide, you will first discover how to define your vision of PCBE and then learn how to realize this vision by fully implementing the system across your school or district. Strategies, tools, and case studies are shared throughout to help you overcome the challenges of change and succeed with PCBE.

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  • Become familiar with the PCBE system of education, including its unique qualities and benefits.
  • Study the transformation to a PCBE system, which involves a combination of vision and process.
  • Study six core ideas and their associated principles and use them to build your own PCBE vision.
  • Determine the unique changes that your school or district will require to best meet students’ needs through differentiated instruction.
  • Read stories from real schools and districts that have transformed to PCBE and addressed the challenges of organizational change.
  • Discover many organizations that can help with the transition to a learner-centered classroom.


Part I: Vision
Chapter 1: Competency-Based Education
Chapter 2: Learner-Centered Instruction
Chapter 3: Restructured Curriculum
Chapter 4: New Roles
Chapter 5: A Nurturing Culture
Chapter 6: New Organizational Structures
Chapter 7: The Principles in Action
Part II: Action
Chapter 8: Overview of the Change Process
Chapter 9: Change Process for a District
Chapter 10: Change Process for an Independent School
Epilogue: Transforming Education
Appendix A: Ideas for New Curricula
Appendix B: Helpful Resources for the Vision
Appendix C: District Readiness Criteria
Appendix D: Helpful Resources for the Transformation Process




  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Many, T., & Mattos, M. (2016). Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Lindsay Unified School District. (2017). Beyond Reform: Systemic Shifts Toward Personalized Learning. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2010). Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2017). The New Art and Science of Teaching. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
  • Marzano, R. J., Norford, J. S., Finn, M., & Finn, D., III. (2017). A Handbook for Personalized Competency-Based Education. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Marzano, R. J., Scott, D., Boogren, T. H., & Newcomb, M. L. (2017). Motivating and Inspiring Students: Strategies to Awaken the Learner. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Ruyle, M. (2018). Leading the Evolution: How to Make Personalized Competency-Based Education a Reality. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.
  • Stack, B. M., & Vander Els, J. G. (2017). Breaking With Tradition: The Shift to Competency-Based Learning in PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Appendix B

Organizations That Help With the Vision

Schools to Consider Visiting to See Their PCBE Visions Implemented

Appendix D