Westminster Field Trip

Competency-Based Learning in Action

Field Trip & Guest Expert Session | Virtual & Seated | Paid

The Westminster Field Trip package includes a virtual pre-visit and a follow-up face-to-face learning session in Denver, Colorado with national student learning expert Dr. Robert Marzano. Also included is a site visit to a nearby nationally renowned school district.

After arriving in Denver, attendees will be welcomed with dinner, spend the next day on a guided tour of Westminster Public Schools, a district Dr. Marzano has worked with directly for several years to create a model for implementing competency-based learning. Finally, the group will enjoy a day of learning with Dr. Marzano before heading back to Missouri.

Participants will:

  • Build background knowledge about personalized competency-based education, especially as used by Marzano Academies and Westminster Public Schools.

  • Gain familiarity with the Marzano Academies models of CBE leadership and instruction, using recently published texts by Dr. Marzano and practicing CBE educators.

  • Engage in strategic planning and identify next steps in their own journey toward personalized competency-based education.

💡 Learn more about the Marzano Academies Model

This experience is designed to help educators better understand what competency-based learning means and how it looks in a district where this type of system is effectively utilized. Like most educational practices, it is more meaningful to practitioners when they can see the work in action.

This field trip is also designed to build GOCSD members’ foundational understanding of the work happening within the Success-Ready Students Network (SRSN). Many GOCSD districts are great candidates for engaging in the upcoming SRSN Innovation Zones' opportunities. Both DESE and legislators have indicated strong support for this learning system approach; GOCSD wants to ensure our districts have the information and understanding to engage in this very effective practice that puts student learning at the forefront of practice and assessment.

Marzano Resources is offering this unique opportunity just for GOCSD members. But, slots we do not utilize will go to other districts in the nation. The maximum number of attendees per visit is 30 with a minimum of 20. We currently have 2 possible field trip dates for attendees to choose from: December 5-7, 2022 OR February 20-22, 2023. Attendees can indicate their preferred date when registering.


1️⃣ Virtual Pre-Visit with Dr. Marzano

  • Dec 1st at 10-11:15 AM CST for December Group

  • Feb 16 at 10-11:15 AM CST for February Group

During this virtual, 75-minute training session, Dr. Marzano will help the group build their background knowledge in preparation for their observation experience with Westminster Public Schools. Particular attention will be paid to specific strategies that Dr. Marzano recommends the group look for during their observation experience. Based on participants’ level (elementary or secondary), Dr. Marzano will also highlight specific information from the books below that he recommends participants review and become familiar with before their visit.

2️⃣ Field Trip

December 5-7 OR February 20-22

Day 1: Welcome

Dinner with Marzano Resources Team in Denver, Colorado

Day 2: Westminster Public Schools Visit

Led by Westminster Public Schools staff, this visit will be tailored to the needs of the participants. It typically begins with an overview of Westminster’s competency-based system, concluding with school visits in the afternoon. Lunch is included, along with materials supplied by Westminster Public Schools to support participants’ learning and understanding of the WPS competency-based system.

Day 3: Leading & Teaching in a Competency-Based School Training

During this onsite training day with Dr. Marzano at the Marzano Resources Denver Training Center, participants will be guided through processing and reflecting on their observation experience at Westminster Public Schools. Dr. Marzano will also extend participants’ learning using as resources the two texts listed below. There will be time for teams to engage in strategic planning and identify next steps as they return to their schools and districts. Breakfast and lunch are included.


Intended Audience

Superintendents & Assistant Superintendents, Principals & Assistant Principals, Teachers, Instructional & Tech Coaches, Curriculum Directors, University Professors

Registration Deadline

Registration closes September 30, 2022.

Registration Process

  1. When registering, attendees can indicate their preferred field trip date (December or February) and their book preferences. No payment is required at this point.

  2. GOCSD will monitor the registrations and be in touch with participating Districts after the registration closes to verify that the registration quota has been met.

  3. Once all the Field Trip participant lists are finalized, Districts will be sent invoices. Districts can then begin booking their flights, lodging and transportation. Substitutions will be encouraged as refunds will not be provided.


GOCSD Members: $1200 per person

Registration Fee includes:

  • Day 1: Dinner

  • Day 2: Breakfast and lunch, transportation between the hotel and school

  • Day 3: Breakfast and lunch, transportation to the training center

  • 75 minute virtual training, and an in-person, 5 hour training, both with Dr. Marzano

  • Westminster Public School guided visit

  • 2 books per person: “Teaching in a Competency-Based Elementary School” and “Leading a Competency-Based Elementary School” OR “Teaching in a Competency-Based Secondary School” and “Leading a Competency-Based Secondary School.”

Items NOT included in the registration fee that are the attendees responsibility:

  • Flight

  • Transportation to the hotel from the airport upon arrival

  • Lodging

  • Dinner on Day 2

  • Transportation at the end of Day 3 back to the hotel or airport


Day 1: Arrival in Denver

  1. Check-in at hotel: Hyatt Place Denver / Westminster

  2. Catered dinner provided at the Hyatt Place Hotel with the Marzano Resources Team

Day 2: Westminster Public Schools Visit

  1. Breakfast provided at the hotel

  2. Charter bus transportation provided from the hotel to Westminster Public Schools

  3. Lunch provided at the school during the visit

  4. Charter bus transportation provided from the school to the hotel

Day 3: Leading & Teaching in a Competency-Based School at the Marzano Resources Denver Training Center

Charter bus transportation provided to the Marzano Resources Training Center

  • 7:30 Breakfast provided at the Marzano Resources Training Center

  • 8:00 Professional learning with Dr. Marzano

  • 12:00 Lunch provided at the Marzano Resources Training Center

  • 1:00 – 2:00 Professional learning with Dr. Marzano. The recommendation is to leave the Mazano office 3 hours before flight departure.

Districts can choose to travel home the evening of Day 3, or instead travel on Day 4. It will be up to the District to schedule transportation on Day 3 from the Marzano Resources Denver Training Center to either the airport or hotel.

Guest Expert

Robert J Marzano

Dr. Robert J Marzano
Chief Academic Officer of Marzano Resources

Robert J. Marzano, PhD, is cofounder and chief academic officer of Marzano Resources in Denver, Colorado. During his 50 years in the field of education, he has worked with educators as a speaker and trainer and has authored more than 50 books and 200 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His books include The New Art and Science of Teaching, Leaders of Learning, Making Classroom Assessments Reliable and Valid, The Classroom Strategies Series, Managing the Inner World of Teaching, Handbook for High Reliability Schools, Handbook for Personalized Competency-Based Education, and The Highly Engaged Classroom. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are known internationally and are widely practiced by both teachers and administrators. He received a bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New York, a master’s degree from Seattle University, and a doctorate from the University of Washington.

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Thank you to Marzano Resources, a division of our partner Solution Tree for hosting this event for our GOCSD members. Contact: Lindsay Asp.

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