Strategies and Innovations
for Implementing Breakthrough Models

If all we had to do was to invent the new model of learning,
hat would be achievable. But along with that, we're finding
that we need to invent the rest of it as well.

- Ben Rayer, Founder, Touchstone Education

How do you apply blended, competency-based, personalized learning when the traditional toolbox for educators doesn’t have the tools you need? Here are some strategies and innovations that NGLC grant recipients created in order to make their breakthrough schools and degree programs work.

These easy-to-consume 2-pagers describe the “next gen tools” and offer screenshots, links, videos, and other artifacts so you can use the tools or create something similar yourself. It’s the start of a Next Gen Toolbox.

Tools to Personalize Learning

How do you manage individualized learning pathways for 30 students in a classroom, or 400 students in a school, or 1,000+ students? How can you identify the strengths, needs, goals, and interests of each student, keep track of them, continuously update them, and use them to guide instruction? The tools to personalize learning are beginning to emerge. One of the most essential tools is personalized learning plans and learner profiles.

Learning and Data Platforms

Educators are finding current learning management systems and data dashboards wholly inadequate for their redesigned learning models. Some of the obstacles are systems aligned to courses, which prevents next generation schools from mapping the progress of individual students through customized pathways or tracking the competencies students are mastering at their own pace. NGLC grant recipients are developing their own learning and data platforms that more fully align to competency-based personalized learning.

Teacher Preparation and Professional Learning

The promise of next generation learning depends upon educators who create and enable personalized learning, use data from digital content and next gen learning platforms, and create the environment for learning. Next gen mindsets and skills have only recently been articulated in competency frameworks for blended learning, learner-centered teaching, and deeper learning. These next gen tools help schools create a stronger pipeline for next generation educators and better support educators as they develop the competency-set they need to teach in next gen learning environments.


Facilities and Classroom Design

Next generation educators are finding that traditional school and classroom designs prevent them from fully implementing their new learning designs. These tools showcase the design decisions and flexible approaches that allow spaces to be enablers of learning.

Competency and Mastery-Based
Postsecondary Education

These tools help students progress through their learning by mastering competencies. The strategies employed by the institutions of higher ed create the opportunity for competency and mastery-based education.


These briefs are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. They were authored either by 2Revolutions or by Jodi Lewis of the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy out of Sacramento State University.