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Leading the Evolution Book Study

August 11, 2020
3:00–3:45 p.m. EDT

Leading the Evolution Book Study
Mike Ruyle

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Tuesdays beginning August 4 through August 25

In Leading the Evolution: How to Make Personalized Competency-Based Education a Reality, Mike Ruyle asserts that schools are under increasingly intense pressure to react to and change with a rapidly evolving world so as to better prepare students for an uncertain future. To succeed in this environment, school leaders must understand why the traditional school paradigm is inadequate and embrace personalized competency-based education (PCBE), which marries the ideas of personalized learning opportunities with individualized pacing of the academic content students are expected to master. To implement PCBE, we offer the evolutionary triad, a framework consisting of three main elements: (1) the transformational instructional leader, (2) the optimistic teacher, and (3) the engaged student.

The book is supported throughout by a robust foundation of research and provides clear recommendations and strategies that leaders can use to put the evolutionary triad into practice in their schools. In addition, the book features experiences from real educators and students that illustrate the positive impact of the PCBE model implemented under strong leadership.

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Time: 3:00-3:45pm EDT (Tuesdays)

Number of sessions: 4


  • Aug 4 | Participants will consider the urgent need to evolve our schools into a more relevant and innovative model that best meets the needs of all students as opposed to forcing students to endure the typical practices of 150 years of traditional educational inertia. The Evolutionary Triad will be presented in great detail and an explanation of critical terms will be discussed.
  • Aug 11 | Participants will understand the leadership qualities and behaviors that are critical for PCBE to become reality in schools and districts.
  • Aug 18 | Participants will understand how the successful implementation of the PCBE model in schools results in higher teacher academic optimism.
  • Aug 25 | Participants will understand how the successful implementation of the PCBE model in schools results in higher student engagement.

Book study recordings: For past sessions, visit our Book Study Recordings page.

  • Mike Ruyle

    Mike Ruyle, EdD, has served as a classroom teacher, athletic coach, school principal, program director, university professor, and professional development presenter over a 30-year career.

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