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August 27, 2021

Competency-based education in mathematics

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Competency-based education in mathematics

By Nikolas McGehee, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 8:25 AM


What is competency-based education? Competency-based education (CBE) is a student-centered methodology of instruction that incorporates elements of constructivist philosophy, 21st century skills education, and flexible learning models. CBE teaching methods differ from traditional teaching methods in pacing, structure, and goals. The end goal is not for students to “cover the content,” pass a test, or… Read more



Michigan Virtual’s Strategic Plan: Employee spotlight

By Sarah Hill, Friday, August 20, 2021 10:14 AM


There’s no clear-cut definition of the term “strategic plan.” Sure, there’s a Wikipedia page, but my years in high school debate scared me from using that as a source.

So what is a strategic plan? What’s Michigan Virtual’s and why should you care?

OK, that’s a lot of questions I just asked. Let’s start with the first one.



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