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December 1, 2016
Join Douglas Finn III as he provides an overview of an upcoming Marzano Research handbook on personalized competency-based systems.

Designing and Implementing a Personalized Competency-Based K–12 System Webinar

December 8, 2016 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Personalized competency-based education (PCBE) systems may look different everywhere, but districts, schools, and classrooms can follow a schema or blueprint to ask the right questions before diving in headfirst. The webinar will highlight a framework of seven questions designed to support districts, schools, and classrooms as they put the pieces together to create a system that connects key features of personalized learning with the technical requirements necessary to fully implement a competency-based system.

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September 16, 2016
Marzano Research began working with Lake County School District in 2014 to support the design and implementation of personalized learning in pilot schools. We have provided professional development, coaching, and train-the-trainer sessions to personalized learning facilitators, teachers, and district and school leaders. This series of articles describes the district’s progress.

LAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS (2016)

October 28, 2016
Become a Marzano Academy

Marzano Academies are K–12 schools that exclusively implement Marzano Research’s strategies for curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The first Marzano Academy, a new elementary magnet school in Las Vegas, Nevada, will open in fall 2017.

All Marzano Academies include the following elements:

  • Competency-based education
  • A personalized, focused curriculum involving the critical concepts in mathematics, science, and the English language arts
  • Direct instruction in cognitive and meta-cognitive skills
  • Personalized projects each year for each student
  • A high engagement emphasis
  • A focus on student inspiration and self-agency
  • High reliability management

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October 20, 2016
Marzano Research staff to present at iNACOL Symposium

Staff members from Marzano Research will be presenting at the 2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in San Antonio, TX, Oct. 25–28. The annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K–12 competency-based, blended and online learning. Scheduled to present are R. Marc Broderson, Douglas Finn III, and Rebecca Mestaz.

Wednesday, October 26, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

From Pockets of Excellence to a System of Excellence: Scaling & Sustaining Personal Competency Transformation
This panel will be moderated by R. Marc Brodersen of Marzano Research.
Note: Presenters include leaders from Lindsey Unified School District, Westminster Public Schools, and Empower.

This panel of early implementers will share 35+ combined years of transformation experience from time-based traditional education to personal competency models of personalized learning. Chapters of discussion will include problems and solutions in the change process, traditional versus next gen professional development, and innovations to scale and sustain best practices, the monitoring of adult capacity and system continuous improvement.

Thursday, October 27, 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Competency-Based Education and Self-Directed Learning Practices in the Classroom
Doug E. Finn III and Rebecca Mestaz

The ultimate goal of a competency-based system is to have students gain more ownership and responsibility of their learning. By engaging them in creating the classroom expectations, students become a part of the learning process and develop skills that will enhance their learning experience independent of content. In this session, the focus will be on learning tools and strategies to engage and teach students the necessary behaviors and processes to be successful in a competency-based system.

Thursday, October 27, 4:15 – 5:15 PM

Understanding the Importance of Classroom Assessment and Student Recording in a Competency Based System
R. Marc Brodersen

In competency-based systems, effective classroom assessment and student recording are essential. This session will engage participants in identifying the influences of assessment and student recording practices on instructional and student progression decision-making. This session will describe the Westminster Public Schools’ competency-based system, a study examining student progression and classroom assessment, and implications for the implementation of competency-based educational practices.

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June 7, 2016
In 2015, Marzano Research began working two new high schools in Providence Public School District, Rhode Island – 360 High School and Evolutions High School. Funded as Opportunity by Design High Schools by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the schools were designed with local students, teachers, parents and community members around Carnegie’s 10 Design Principles for effective secondary school models. Marzano Research has worked with district and school leaders and teachers to support the personalized learning approach, including developing student-centered learning environments, and using proficiency scales as the foundation for curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Read more about their design process and approach to teaching and learning in these articles:

June 3, 2016
How do school districts mentor new teachers?

This report provides a snapshot of school district policies for mentoring new teachers in five Regional Educational Laboratory Central states (Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota). State education agencies collected survey data from school districts on who provides mentoring, how time spent mentoring changes after the first year, whether mentors are required to observe mentees, whether mentors are required to receive training, whether districts provide stipends to mentors for their work, and what barriers districts identify to implementing mentoring programs. Respondents from nearly 1,000 school districts, including superintendents and other district administrative leaders, completed the survey during the 2013/14 school year.

Download the full report here.

April 28, 2016
Recently, Chris Sturgis visited Charleston County School District, and she shared insights into how medium-sized districts can effectively introduce personalized, competency-based education. Here is the complete blog series:

  1. Breaking Ground for Personalized Learning in Big Districts
  2. Progression of Implementation for Personalized Learning
  3. Personalized Learning at Pepperhill Elementary
  4. A Conversation with Teachers at Stall High School
  5. A Conversation with Teachers at Goodwin Elementary School
  6. Pinehurst Elementary School

April 13, 2016
Marzano Research began working with Charleston County School District in 2013, and throughout the last three years. Marzano Research has provided on-going professional development and on-site coaching in the personalized learning model, student centered classroom environments, proficiency scales and standards-based grading. Working at the school site with teachers, coaches and administrators, and with leaders at the district level, Marzano Research has been an influential partner in helping Charleston County School District create a unique personalized learning model that is empowering students to succeed.

For more information, click here.

February 25, 2016
The Reinventing Schools division of Marzano Research was instrumental in the early training and development in a competency-based educational model at Red Bank Elementary in Lexington, South Carolina. The district’s goal is to create a personalized school improvement plan for personal mastery that aligns to their current implementation data. These plans are leader driven with stakeholder input and will be monitored using a continuous-improvement process and key performance indicators. The Reinventing Schools team will be participating in upcoming leadership coaching visits to further support district administrators on their school improvement action planning.

Check out the recent story published on CompetencyWorks.org to learn more!

February 25, 2016
Under the direction of Robert J. Marzano, REL Central provides research, dissemination, and technical support services to educators and policymakers in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. REL Central staff members bring to their work a wide range of content experience in the priority areas of educator effectiveness, closing the achievement gap, and postsecondary and workforce readiness. Below is a list of the REL Central publications that have been released this year:

  • Where American Indian Students Go to School: Enrollment in Seven Central Region States (January 2016)
  • An Educator’s Guide to Questionnaire Development (January 2016)

For more information, click here.

January 15, 2016

Marzano Research is pleased to announce the launch of The Marzano Compendium of Instructional Strategies! This online resource combines and updates content from Dr. Marzano’s most popular titles, including The Art and Science of Teaching, Becoming a Reflective Teacher, and Coaching Classroom Instruction. For more information, click here.

November 23, 2015
The 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium had a record-breaking 3,100+ attendees! The Reinventing Schools division of Marzano Research was proud to be a part of this year’s conference held on November 8–11 in Orlando, Florida. Our presentations on personalized learning and competency-based education helped educators prepare and plan systems to increase student achievement. View the presentation.

November 5, 2015
Join Reinventing Schools staff at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium on November 8–11! We’re presenting the following sessions:

  • Free Preconference Session: Role of the School Leader in New Learning Models
    Sunday, November 8
    8:00–11:00 a.m.
  • The Art and Science of Teaching in a Competency-Based System
    Tuesday, November 10
    10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
  • Meet the Expert: Designing Personalized Competency-Based Systems
    Tuesday, November 10
    4:00–5:00 p.m.

You can also hear from students who attend schools that implemented the Reinventing Schools approach during the following sessions:

  • Students Tell the Story About Their Competency-Based School
    Monday, November 9
    11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Student Keynote Plenary Session
    Tuesday, November 10
    8:15–9:15 a.m.

For more information or to register, click here.

September 28, 2015
REL Central has a new publication! Instructional Improvement Cycle: A Teacher’s Toolkit for Collecting and Analyzing Data on Instructional Strategies provides a process to help teachers use data from their classroom assessments to evaluate promising practices. Read more about it here. REL Central provides research, dissemination, and technical support services to educators and policymakers in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

July 29, 2015

We just got back from a hugely successful High Reliability Schools Summit, July 8–9, in Aurora, Colorado. Participants attended insightful keynotes outlining the HRS framework and breakouts that provided practical examples of HRS schools in action. This year’s attendance more than doubled last year’s (from 120 to 288). A special thank-you to all who participated for making this year’s summit such a memorable one.

June 22, 2015
Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation (CPCSC) in Indiana has been making fantastic strides in progressing through the levels of the Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework. Through the hard work of staff and the leadership team, CPCSC has earned districtwide certification at Level 1. Four schools have been certified at Level 2, and all schools in the district are actively working on the critical commitments at Levels 3 and 4.

Learn more about Marzano High Reliability Schools™ here.

June 4, 2015
Congratulations to the City of St. Charles School District, recipient of the 2015 Missouri Learning Forward Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Professional Development! The award recognizes school districts committed to providing high-quality, job-embedded, and ongoing professional development for their faculty and staff. Watch this short video to learn more about the district’s exceptional professional development initiative.

May 20, 2015
REL Central at Marzano Research recently published two reports of critical importance for states and districts. The first, Approaches to Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs in Seven States, describes how states in the REL Central region evaluate teacher preparation programs and share planned changes for evaluation. The second, A Guide for Monitoring District Implementation of Educator Evaluation Systems, provides a three-step process for state departments of education to monitor district implementation of state- or district-developed educator evaluation systems.

Learn more about REL Central here.

May 5, 2015
We are excited to share the news that Deer Creek School District in Edmond, Oklahoma, achieved Level 1 certification in HRS on April 7, 2015. The High Reliability Schools framework provides indicators that measure schools’ and districts’ progress in attaining the five levels of reliability. Level 1 certification indicates a “Safe and Collaborative Culture.” The Deer Creek School District includes eight schools in total—five elementary schools, two intermediate schools, and one high school. Congratulations, Deer Creek! Learn more about High Reliability Schools

April 17, 2015
We’re very excited about the work we’ve been doing in Guam! At the end of March, our associates traveled there for a weeklong training with the Guam Department of Education. Our focus was on how to effectively implement standards-based grading at both the elementary and secondary levels. Learn more

April 3, 2015

We just got back from a successful six-day training session in Nebraska! More than 200 educators attended and 37 teachers completed action research regarding an element or specific strategy from The Art and Science of Teaching. During the final two days of the session, educators shared stories, personal experiences, and learning outcomes with peers from other schools and districts.

March 18, 2015
Marzano Research analyst Jason E. Harlacher is coauthor of “A Team‐Based Approach to Improving Core Instructional Reading Practices Within Response to Intervention,” which was recently published in Intervention in School and Clinic. The journal focuses on curricular, instructional, social, behavioral, assessment, and vocational strategies and techniques that have a direct application to classroom settings. Learn more

February 27, 2015
Don’t miss a special Q&A with Tina H. Boogren! During our Supporting Beginning Teachers Webinar, there were so many great questions that we didn’t have time to cover them all. But don’t worry—we’ve got the answers. Learn more

February 12, 2015

We just got back from Vlissingen, Netherlands! Marzano Research Senior Scholar Tammy Heflebower spent a great couple of days training 12 Dutch educational trainers. We covered research-based strategies from The Art and Science of Teaching, Coaching Classroom Instruction, and A Handbook for High Reliability Schools.

For more than eight years, we’ve worked with Bazalt Publishing to translate Marzano Research books into Dutch. This partnership allows us to continue our support of Dutch educators as they enhance teaching and learning throughout the Netherlands.

January 19, 2015
Marzano Research is partnering with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) educator effectiveness team! We’re excited to support the CDE with our research services and help plan and implement research and validation activities. Ultimately, the findings from our collaboration will improve the state’s model evaluation system.

Through our analytic and program evaluation services, our experts help school districts and state education agencies implement research-based programs that ensure continuous improvement and school effectiveness.

January 5, 2015
REL Central just published a report on teacher evaluation coauthored with Marzano Research Senior Researcher R. Marc Brodersen. Learn more about REL Central or download the report.

December 10, 2014
Happy holidays! The Marzano Research family wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!

July 16, 2014
Jan K. Hoegh and Phil Warrick, associate vice presidents of Marzano Research, spent the month of May working in Australia.

They conducted the Art and Science of Teaching workshops in seven cities and were joined by cofounder and CEO Robert J. Marzano, who helped pioneer the first Marzano High Reliability Schools™ Summit. In Melbourne, Dr. Marzano presented with Dr. Warrick at the Hawker Brownlow Thinking and Learning Conference, while Jan presented at the Australian Secondary Principals Association Conference.

June 24, 2014
Watch Dr. Marzano’s recorded webinar, Vocabulary for the Common Core. He shares research linking vocabulary knowledge with academic achievement, describes a research-based six-step process for effective vocabulary instruction, and explains how school leaders and teachers can use the terms from Vocabulary for the Common Core to build a program of direct vocabulary instruction that includes Tier 2 cognitive verbs and Tier 3 domain-specific terms from the Common Core State Standards.

Watch now!

June 6, 2014
Don’t miss the opportunity for your team to join us in Denver, June 24–25, for the Building Competency-Based Systems Workshop. At the training, Robert J. Marzano, along with Rick M. Schreiber, Wendy J. Battino, and Kim Hanisch from the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition Division, will teach participants the key components of competency-based systems within the Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework. Your team will learn the steps to support implementation in a district, school, or classroom.

The cost is $490 per person, and the first 10 people to register will receive a special lunch with Dr. Marzano! For more information, contact Sean Duncan at 303.766.9199 ext. 334 or training@marzanoresearch.com.

May 21, 2014
Don’t miss the opportunity for your team to join us in Denver, June 17–18, for the Teaching and Assessing the CCSS for Mathematics Workshop! At the training, Robert J. Marzano, Tammy Heflebower, and Jan K. Hoegh will teach participants how to apply research-based instructional strategies that ensure students rise to the challenge of the CCSS.

Your staff will discover how to effectively monitor progress to the CCSS through formative assessment strategies, as well as how to provide meaningful feedback to learners in relation to critical Common Core content.

The cost is $490 per person, and the first 10 people to register will receive a special lunch with Dr. Marzano! For more information, contact Beth Watson at 303.766.9199 ext. 324 or beth.watson@solution-tree.com.

May 7, 2014
Join Katie Rogers and Julia A. Simms for the upcoming Teaching Argumentation: Activities and Games for the Classroom Webinar, which will describe the research and reasoning behind teaching argumentation in K–12 classrooms.

Teaching Argumentation: Activities and Games for the Classroom Webinar
Katie Rogers and Julia A. Simms
May 15, 2014 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. EDT

April 18, 2014
Join Robert J. Marzano and Rick M. Schreiber for the Competency-Based Education and RISC Webinar, which will outline the basics of competency-based education and relate examples and experiences of schools who have implemented competency-based systems.

Competency-Based Education and RISC Webinar
Robert J. Marzano and Rick M. Schreiber
April 29, 2014 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. EDT

April 3, 2014
Grades pose tremendous consequences for students. As a leader, what are ways to lead grading reform in your school or district? At the upcoming Standards-Based Grading for School Leaders Webinar, Tammy Heflebower, Jan K. Hoegh, and Phil Warrick will explore standards-based grading from a leader’s perspective and walk you through both short- and long-term planning components for successful implementation.

Read more!

March 14, 2014
The upcoming ASCD 69th Annual Conference will feature authors and associates Robert J. Marzano, Sonny Magaña, and Debra J. Pickering. They will address critical topics like teacher evaluation, Common Core, and teaching with technology. If you’re attending, visit us at booth #1513!

Read more!

February 13, 2014
Marzano Research and the Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC), a recognized leader in competency-based education, have announced that they have reached an agreement for Marzano Research to acquire RISC.

Marzano Research and RISC have worked together for the past 10 years to support school districts across the country. The acquisition formalizes a long-standing partnership and will strengthen both organizations, allowing Marzano Research to provide an even wider range of tools and techniques to facilitate the implementation of competency-based education in schools.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to take this relationship to the next level,” says Dr. Robert J. Marzano, CEO and cofounder of Marzano Research. “The RISC model puts together all the critical components that we’ve known for years are important to school reform. What’s nice about it is, it has them all and it has them in a framework where they all interact and they are all very concrete. And the best part about it is that there are actually districts that have implemented the model that are demonstrating results in terms of student learning and student achievement. This is a pretty powerful model. It’s got some strong evidence that it works.”

RISC will continue to operate under the direction of Rick Schreiber, executive director and cofounder, with formal support from Marzano Research.

“RISC and Marzano Research have been long-term colleagues and supporters of each other’s missions,” said Schreiber. “Marzano Research has championed us for years as well as acting as an inspiration for our work. We are excited to partner with Marzano Research so we can accelerate our ability to reach 1,000 districts realizing their unique vision of excellence.”

About RISC
RISC is a national educational organization that supports schools and districts in their transition from a time-based to a performance-based system, which results in students realizing their highest learning potential. The RISC framework provides a competency-based environment in which learning is owned at developmental levels with transparent learning goals and standards.

January 25, 2014
Marzano Research has purchased a building south of Denver, and we’ll be moving there in March! One major benefit of the space will be a new training center, where we will host customized training sessions for teachers, administrators, and district leaders. Keep checking back for more information on how you and your staff can train with our group of talented associates.

January 9, 2014
Marzano Research has a new associate—Kristin Poage! Each of our associates is selected through a rigorous process that vets qualification and experience. Personally trained by Dr. Robert J. Marzano, our associates specialize in long-term school improvement efforts in K–12 public and private school districts and individual schools.

Kristin is a classroom teacher, professional development presenter, and district teacher leader. She helped to create a standards-based grading and assessment movement in Monroe County schools in Indiana.

Read more about the newest member of the Marzano Research family!

December 20, 2013
Marzano Research has a new associate—Jeff Flygare! Each of our associates is selected through a rigorous process that vets qualification and experience. Personally trained by Dr. Robert J. Marzano, our associates specialize in long-term school improvement efforts in K–12 public and private school districts and individual schools.

Jeff has served as a classroom teacher, professional development presenter, and English language arts specialist. He led the move to a standards-based education for Academy School District 20 in Colorado.

Read more about the newest member of the Marzano Research family!

December 10, 2013
Marzano Research has worked with St. Charles School District in Missouri for the past four years. Working with the K-12 staff, leadership teams, principals, and supervisors, Marzano Research established an instructional framework based on The Art & Science of Teaching. We’ve worked with staff on Common Core State Standards, creating a highly engaged classroom, vocabulary, formative assessment, and standards-based grading.

Dr. Danielle Tormala, associate superintendent for the City of Saint Charles School District, shares a story of success at Lincoln Elementary:

“Lincoln Elementary is one of our highest poverty schools in our district where over 50% of their students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Approximately five years ago, Lincoln was one of our lowest performing schools. They were one of our first adopters with standards based grading, and now they are the highest performing elementary school in our district and one of the highest performing schools in the county. We are very proud of their hard work and accomplishments.

It is amazing to walk through the school and have conversations with the students about what they are learning. The students are very clear on what their goals are and how to improve. Standards based grading has definitely been a driving force behind the increased student achievement at Lincoln Elementary.”

November 19, 2013
At the Cultivating Teacher Development (Teacher Reflection) Webinar, Robert J. Marzano will help you examine a model of effective instruction and a developmental scale that you can use to rate your teaching practices and track your progress toward goals. Identify your pedagogical strengths and weaknesses, set goals to improve, and engage in focused practice to meet your goals.

Cultivating Teacher Development (Teacher Reflection) Webinar
Robert J. Marzano
December 3, 2013 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST

November 4, 2013
At the Cultivating Teacher Development (Coaching) Webinar, presenters Robert J. Marzano and Julia A. Simms will explain the Art and Science of Teaching model and review a developmental scale that teachers and leaders can use to measure progress. You’ll discover how to help teachers reflect on their practice, identify growth goals, and take concrete action to achieve those goals.

Cultivating Teacher Development (Coaching) Webinar
Robert J. Marzano and Julia A. Simms
November 13, 2013 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST

September 23, 2013
In the spirit of Marzano Research’s mission to provide the best research, the most useful actions, and the highest level of services to educators around the world, Dr. Marzano and his associates visited Beijing No. 80 High School in China this month, presenting on Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives.

“We spent the last five hours talking with Principal Tian and our other colleagues at Beijing No. 80 High School about the work ahead. Their dreams are big, and our work plays key roles all along the way.” —Marzano Research Associate David Livingston


Another on-site visit to Beijing No. 80 High School is planned for later this year.


Dr. Marzano presents to a Chinese audience while
visiting Beijing No. 80 High School.

Visiting Tiananmen Square (l-r) David Livingston,
Pam Livingston, Li Dequan (Director of International
Division, Beijing No. 80 High School), Jana Marzano,
Robert J. Marzano, and Jane St. John.

A sign on the Beijing No. 80 High School campus
welcomes Dr. Marzano and associates during a
recent professional development visit.

September 11, 2013
This October, Robert J. Marzano, Tammy Heflebower, and Phil Warrick will be attending the Making Shift Happen conference in Amsterdam to present on Becoming a Reflective Teacher.

The presenters will discuss how to become proficient in reflection and coaching within your classroom, how to create a collaborative learning environment, and how to generate a stronger network within your school.

More information can be found here.

September 1, 2013
Sonny Magaña has joined the PBS KIDS Next Generation Media Advisory Board!

The PBS KIDS Next Generation Media Advisory Board was launched in 2006 to provide PBS with strategic counsel in key areas of research, content and distribution, product development, and educational and community impact to continue to break new ground in serving children and their families.

Board members have made a commitment to work with PBS KIDS to examine rapidly evolving technology in the media and education fields and the implications for our youngest learners.

August 1, 2013
Becoming a Reflective Teacher has received the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in the education category. Nearly 1,300 entries were received for this prestigious award, and three books in each category were recognized.

The Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognize excellence in independent publishing and are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field.

Congratulations to authors Robert J. Marzano, Tina Boogren, Tammy Heflebower, Jessica Kanold-McIntyre, and Debra J. Pickering!

July 1, 2013
Welcome to our new website! We’ve updated the look and feel so you can be sure that everything you’re looking for is easy to find and all in one place. We recommend that you bookmark this page for easy access to all the latest from Marzano Research.