Stories about our project
- Students as Innovators and Co-Creators at Del Lago Academy by NGLC
- Badges showcase students' skills by the San Diego Union-Tribune
- Students will earn 'digital badges' demonstrating new science skills by EdSource
- From Dinopocalypse to Digital Badges at Del Lago Academy by Tony Siddall
- The school that connects STEM, badging, and life beyond the classroom in eSchool News
- New assessments help teachers innovate in classrooms by Sharon Jayson for the Hewlett Foundation
- Competency X uses Badge list to support science careers by Benjamin Roome from Badge List
- Why We Use Digital Badges at Del Lago Academy in Getting Smart
Our partners helped co-create the digital badges that our scholars will earn to represent their science and engineering practices. With our work together, we hope to create more globally competitive citizens and a talent pipeline for San Diego County economic development.
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We are supported by a grant from the Assessment for Learning Project (ALP) to support our implementation of Competency X. The grant from ALP is led by the Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) at the University of Kentucky in partnership with Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) at EDUCAUSE. The funding is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Meet the Educators Behind Competency X
Alec Barron is the Principal Investigator for Competency X and a Science Coach in Escondido Union High School District. Over the last 14 years, Alec worked at the secondary level to develop teachers, curriculum, and instructional practices that engage students in learning science. Alec taught a variety of science subjects from grades six through twelve at schools with culturally and socioeconomically diverse students. Alec's interest in social justice in education led him to complete an Education Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity with the University of Colorado Denver.
Marc Kibler has been a science teacher for students in grades 6 through 12 for over 25 years. He has taught both internationally and in the US to students from many cultures, countries, and socioeconomic backgrounds. He received a Masters of Science in Secondary Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali Marc was shaped by the philosophy that education is one of the pillars of development throughout the world. Consequently he has worked under the idea that all students can learn how to observe, analyze and build conclusions based on evidence.
Carissa Duran is a Humanities teacher at Del Lago Academy. Going into her 6th year of teaching, she served 4 years as Del Lago's English Department Chair and 3 years as Del Lago's Internship Curriculum Coordinator. Carissa looks forward to pursuing further research in digital micro-credentials and other innovative learning opportunities to improve the motivation, engagement, and empowerment of historically marginalized scholars. Carissa also hopes to soon return to school to earn a doctorate in educational policy and leadership.
Amy Booth is currently serving as an Instructional Coach for Literacy with the Escondido Union High School District. She taught social science courses at San Pasqual High School for ten years before moving to her current role. Amy holds a political science degree from USC and is currently working towards her MA in Educational Administration. She enjoys collaborating, designing curriculum and assessments, and all things growth mindset. Amy is inspired by the great work, dedicated teachers, and dynamic student learning of Competency X.
Alyssa Wallace was born and raised in San Diego. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of San Diego where she conducted research on DNA structure under Drs. Tammy Dwyer and Deborah Tahmassebi. She went on to work in quality control at Pharmatek Laboratories, a pharmaceutical Contract Research Organization (CRO), for a total of four years, performing release and stability testing for dozens of drug products undergoing clinical trials and was responsible for equipment calibration and maintenance. In 2013, Alyssa returned to school to pursue her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and become a science teacher. She is driven by the ideal every person has an inner scientist and the ability to succeed in the field of science.
Melanie Shivraj is in her 4th year of teaching high school science in New York City and now in Escondido. Melanie has earned her BS in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and her MSed in Secondary Science Education from LIU Brooklyn. While in high school and college, Melanie worked at Duke University Medical Center at a translational Breast Cancer research lab and is so pleased that that experience is now translating to the next generation of science students at Del Lago. Over the years, Melanie has grown a passion for equity in education and more specifically in the STEM fields. Melanie hopes to return to school herself to earn her doctorate in educational equity and social justice.
Michelle Peace is beginning her 5th year of being an Instructional Coach specializing in Literacy for the Escondido Union High School District. She spent 11 years teaching English and English Language Development to 7-12 graders in Santa Ana, California, Brooklyn and the Bronx, New York, and Escondido. Michelle has earned her BA in English from California State University, Fullerton and her MA Educational Leadership from New York University. Equity in education is her passion, and she is constantly on the lookout for ways she can support educators in creating and maintaining systems to align their communication and practices for student success. Michelle is excited to be a part of the Competency X team and learn from a truly inspirational group of innovative and sincere educators.