Journey to School Improvement: The Personalized Mastery Approach

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
11:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST

There is growing interest in personalized and performance-based approaches to support student learning. Personalized Mastery (also known as competency-based learning) is one such approach, focusing on students moving through content at their own learning pace. Learn about the early challenges in implementing Personalized Mastery as a school improvement strategy in a small-town middle school with a large achievement gap.

School, district, and state staff shared the steps taken on their initial journey to Personalized Mastery.  Topics discussed included Personalized Mastery as a possible school improvement strategy and an overview of the hopes and challenges of the early stages of implementation.


  • Amy Jo Clemens, Assistant Superintendent from the Illinois State Board of Education
  • Roberta Selleck, Superintendent of Freeport School District
  • Stacey Kleindl, Principal of Carl Sandburg Middle School
  • Rachel Trimble, Midwest Regional Center

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