Competency Based Learning

Using a Blended Approach

Utilizing the CBL pathway on the NH network to build district capacity with a consistent foundation of Knowledge

March 14 and 15 , 2016

Carolyn Eastman and Rose Colby

at the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC)

Who Should Attend:

Early Childhood/Preschool; Primary (K-2); Upper Elementary (3-5); Middle School (6-8); High School (9-12)

About the Workshop:

The two, one-day courses provide a guided experience and a progression of learning using the Competency Based Learning (CBL) Pathway of the New Hampshire Department of Education's NH Network to ensure consistent definitions, resources, and processes to ensure that your district is implementing CBL with the right information at your fingertips. This takes into account your need for embedded PD that is affordable in training all your staff as well as having the tools to feel confident in delivering the information back in your own district.

Participants will follow a model of Learn- Engage- Rehearse, as they deepen their knowledge of Competency Based Learning. Teams are encouraged to attend.

March 14th – CBL 101 Intro - CBL definitions, Core Beliefs, the research and legislation into the why, District Self Assessment, school culture and climate Determining your entry point and what small changes can make a big impact, cross walks to the standards. Teams network together with other districts to support each other’s work.

March 15th – CBL 201 The Design Phase: designing Assessments to support CBL, Performance Tasks, and discussions on Grading and reporting. Teams network together with other districts to support each other’s work.


As a result of attending, participants will:

  • Collaborate though a blended learning format with consistent information and definitions of CBL
  • Work through misconceptions about CBL and potential barriers to implementation of CBL
  • Create and build foundational consistency and capacity for CBL back in their schools and districts.
  • Use an embedded PD model back in their district to assist all educators in their understanding of CBL

Schedule March 14 and 15:

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Guest Arrival, Registrant Check-in, Continental Breakfast

9:00 Program begins

2:00-12:45 Lunch at SERESC, Networking

3:00 Program Ends

About the Presenters

Carolyn Eastman

Carolyn began her 19-year her career in education as a special education teacher and middle school mathematics teacher at Rye Junior High School for 6 years. She joined the UNH IMPACT Center as the program assistant for mathematics providing outreach and support to schools on standards based mathematics instruction. She was invited to work the Council of Chief State School Officers and Wisconsin Center for Education Research as a national consultant for over a decade to assist schools in using assessment data as well as teacher and student perception data to effectively make instructional improvement. Carolyn is an experienced professional development facilitator with a long history of working with State Departments of Education in NH, Ohio, North Carolina, and Michigan to assist in bringing important state projects to scale by developing resources and leadership teams.

Most recently, Carolyn was the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Oyster River Cooperative School District working with administrators and teachers in understanding the Common Core State Standards, leading a process for selecting new resources using the IMET (Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool), transitioning the district to a standards based progress report and assisting Oyster River in creating a new teacher evaluation process. She lives in Madbury, NH with her husband and two children.

Rose Colby

Rose Colby is a teaching lecturer in the Educational Leadership Program at Plymouth State University and a well-known educational consultant. She is a Competency Based Assessment Specialist, assisting schools in designing high quality competency assessments and grading reform systems.

Rose earned a bachelor’s in Biology from Emmanuel College and both a master’s in Biology and an Advanced Graduate Studies Certification in School Administration from Rivier College. She is the past president of two influential Granite State educational associations, the N.H. Association of School Principals and the N.H. Science Teachers Association.She has had over three decades of education experience, including science teacher, middle school principal and transformative education leader.

Among her honors, she is a current member of the Advisory Board and a contributor to Competency Works, the national clearinghouse and resource for innovative practices in competency education. Recently she was honored with the the Denise Maslakowski Award from Plymouth State University.

March 14 and 15 , 2016

Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 8:30 am

Presentation starts at 9:00 am

Lunch at SERESC

Adjourn: 3:30 pm

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 5.5 contact hours per day, for a total of 11 hours for the two day event.

Cost for single day $225.00

Early Registration Discounted Cost: $195.00, if registered by February 29, 2016 ---Enter discount code: early*registration

Cost for two day event: $395.00.

Registration ends March 8, 2016

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SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


Our mission is to inspire innovation and excellence in education and professional practice, and our vision is for helping organizations and individuals achieve their greatest potential as they learn, lead and grow. Our core values are innovation, excellence, integrity, and service.

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