Marzano Academies2023-09-07T14:56:40+00:00

Marzano Academies
Competency-Based Education

Partnering with schools to develop agency and ensure achievement for all learners.

Competency Based Education

Competency-Based Education is a system of instruction where students advance to higher-levels of learning when they demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills regardless of time, place, or pace (Foundation for Excellence in Education).


Marzano Academies works in partnership, with all types of schools, to help school leaders and teachers create a competency-based education system. Our team members train teachers on competency-based education components, help teachers deploy a competency-based, student data management system and provide up-to-date research products on best teaching and assessment practices. The Marzano Academies’ team, from start-to-finish, guides a school from traditional educational practices to developing a personalized, student-centered, competency-based system.

Competency-Based Education is a system of instruction where students advance to higher-levels of learning when they demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills regardless of time, place, or pace (Foundation for Excellence in Education).

The guiding principles are:

  1. Students advance upon demonstrated mastery.
  2. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students.
  3. Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.
  4. Students receive rapid, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.


Marzano Academies Instructional Model emphasizes the process of cumulative review. Mastery of content will not occur if only a single point of instruction is provided to students. An obvious inference is that high-quality teaching must build in opportunities for students to review and revise their understanding of specific content as they progress through the curriculum. In this short video, we review the process and explain what teachers can do to help learners Record-Review-Revise their thinking. For more information on the process, please contact us.

Professional Development

Marzano Academies provides, intensive, highly-specialized professional development for each campus, delivered by Marzano-trained, Site Implementation Specialists. Each Site Implementation Specialist works closely with campus leadership and staff to create a unique, sequential, professional development learning sequence which is consistently monitored by one, supervising specialist. This carefully monitored approach to professional development ensures training consistency and fidelity to the Marzano Academy model.

  • Marzano Academies assigns a research associate, called a Site Implementation Specialist, to work directly with each campus and this person is responsible for the successful rollout of the Competency-Based Education system on each campus, from implementation to the completion of the Marzano 16 School-Level Indicators.
  • The Site Implementation Specialist assigned to each campus works directly with school leadership to determine the appropriate pacing and sequence of professional development topics.
  • Professional development from highly-trained Marzano Academies research associates, including Dr. Marzano, is the foundation to our successful Competency-Based Education program. To ensure a customized solution for your professional development needs, Marzano Academies tailors our training sessions to meet your pedagogical and financial requirements. We have three professional development models:

Whereby a Marzano Academies associate visits your campus, in-person, 22-days throughout the academic year. For example, your campus could initiate a Marzano Academies “kick-off” at the beginning of the academic year, with three-days of training, followed by monthly visits, with mid-year “check-up” training sessions and ending the academic year with multi-day “looking back and looking forward” training sessions.

Both in-person campus visits and virtual training sessions. Dependent on your school’s time commitment and available budget, the hybrid approach could be an ideal solution. A Marzano Academies Site Implementation Specialist is assigned to work with your campus and the ratio of in-person to virtual training is completely customizable. For example, a Site Implementation Specialist could visit your campus at the beginning and end of the academic year and provide virtual training throughout the remainder of the academic year. Our virtual trainings are converted to modules so your campus receives the hour equivalent of our 22-days of professional development.

A Marzano Academies Site Implementation Specialist, and when appropriate, Dr. Marzano, provide virtual training sessions for the entire school staff. The virtual model consists of 22-learning modules which are approximately equivalent to 22-days of in-person professional development. Each module consists of one, 60-90-minute training session followed by office hours or small group question and answer time. Our virtual model is the most flexible and economical of our professional development models.


The Benefits Of A Marzano Academies Partnership

  • Access to a Marzano Academy implementation specialist to monitor campus.
  • Direct access to Dr. Marzano, regarding the implementation of your Competency-Based Education system.
  • Access to online training and C-BE implementation resources.
  • Value added professional development content, regularly updated to our website.
  • Links to other Marzano Academies’ practitioners.
  • Access to a network of schools implementing their unique vision of Dr. Marzano’s Personalized, Competency-Based Education.
  • Resources to help teachers continuously improve and the Marzano self-reflection scales to measure personal effectiveness.
  • Video content to review critical professional development content and learn on your time and at your pace.

Being part of Marzano Academies has been a great partnership for our students, teachers and district.  Marzano Academies has pushed our practices and thinking to the next level.  Marzano  Academies provides our teachers with the skills and strategies to give students a student centered pathway to support them as individuals on their learning journey.   The work we have done with classroom assessments and feedback has redefined the way we think and deliver our instruction to support the individual student.  Furthermore, the relationships we have built have been supportive and personalized to what each of us needs.


Center for Family Learning

Our moral obligation is to provide equitable education and build agency in all of our students. We know the best way to provide equitable education is through competency-based personalized education. This is a heavy yolk so a quality partner is essential for success. We in GCSD 16 are fortunate to work with Marzano Academies as they provide an abundance of resources, fantastic training, and expert advice. All of this is based on the most significant and trusted education research available. Their mission is the same as ours and they tailor their services to fit our needs much like we tailor our teaching to fit the unique needs of our students. Marzano Academies is with us every step as we advance from the hope of equity to the reality of learning for all.


Asst. Supt Garfield 16

The partnership with Marzano Academies has brought rapid growth to our pedagogy and philosophies.  We have world-class research, world-class practice, but most importantly world-class people who deliver quality and intense professional development for the benefit of a single student.  The student focus is tangible.  I am honored to work with such fine people and build relationships with them along the way.  This is not a drive-by PD, it is a roadmap to implementation.  Bill, Bob, and all the parties at Marzano Academies are not a one-time delivery, it is a hand in hand partnership to implement Competency-Based and Personalized Learning.


Supt of Garfield 16

School Level Indicators of a Marzano Academy

The Academy model is based on 50+ years of research by Dr. Marzano

  • Safe, Orderly, and Supportive Environment
  • Student Efficacy and Agency
  • Inspiration
  • Personal Projects
  • Instruction and Teacher Development
  • Blended Instruction
  • Cumulative Review
  • Knowledge Maps
  • Measurement Topics
  • Cognitive and Metacognitive Skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Explicit Goals for Students’ Status and Growth
  • Assessment
  • Reporting and Grading
  • Collective Responsibility
  • Flexible Scheduling

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