Colorado district focuses on personalized, competency-based learning

February 19, 2019 | itslearning

itslearning, the internationally-acclaimed LMS provider, announced that Durango School District R-9 has selected the itslearning teaching and learning platform to deliver personalized, competency-based learning districtwide.

Designed specifically for the K-12 market, itslearning helps improve education in and out of the classroom. Its intuitive LMS features – including curriculum management, communication, collaboration and analytics reporting – effectively connects teachers, parents and students to create differentiated learning solutions for every student.
The district began its search for an LMS in 2017 and was determined on finding a partner that would not only support the district’s, commitment to “Students Owning Their Learning, Acting on Their Own Learning, and Impacting Their Community,” but would also accurately track and report on student progress and achievement on Durango’s graduation standards.

“The itslearning platform, more than all the others we looked at, gave us the opportunity to apply personalized learning to our competency-based instruction model and also gave our teachers the ability to provide voice and choice to our students,” said Leanne Garcia, Durango’s director of curriculum and assessment. “Now our teachers will be able to easily create and centrally house individual learning plans through a variety of optional curriculum-aligned learning resources that will ultimately better facilitate the academic success of our students.”

During 2018, the district focused on making personalized learning paths accessible by putting its standards, performance indicators, scoring rubrics, and curriculum resources in one central location – the itslearning platform.

“We believe that the practice of teaching and learning should influence any tools we use, making them better and adaptable to the needs of the teachers and students. Our decision to take a measured approach to opening up the LMS is designed to set everyone up for success. We will see the fruits of our labor when we give teachers the ability to effectively monitor the learning towards competencies and proficiency – like never before,” added Garcia.

“It has been extremely gratifying to see Durango’s commitment to getting everything in place from the start,” said Arne Bergby, CEO of itslearning. “And now all of the district’s students will be able to engage in personalized and transformational learning experiences using our digital tools, resources and strategies. We are looking forward to seeing what this partnership will yield.”

About itslearning

With a passion for improving teaching and learning through technology, itslearning lives at the heart of education. In fact, the itslearning platform is the first LMS in the K-12 marketplace to offer educators content accessible from the cloud, including 5 million free and open resources, searchable, tagged with rich metadata, and ready to use. Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Boston, MA and Bergen, Norway and serves more than 7 million users worldwide. For more information, visit

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