Due to frustration with my own schooling, I decided when I was 16 years old to devote my career to helping make education a lot more motivating, effective, and efficient.  So I became a high school teacher for a while and then a university researcher. 


For 10 years, I worked with a small school district to help them reinvent their schools and advance knowledge about reinventing schools.  I have published 10 books and over 110 journal articles to share what I have been learning about school reinvention.

Vision and Action: Reinventing Schools through Personalized Competency Based Education 

 is written by Charles M. Reigeluth and Jennifer R. Karnopp and published by Marzano Resources and Solution Tree. This book, which just became available on December 20, 2019, is a guidebook to help educators and other stakeholders to transform their schools from teacher-centered instruction and time-based student progress to learner-centered instruction with student progress based on learning.  With the support of this comprehensive guide, you will first discover how to define your vision of PCBE and then learn how to realize this vision by fully implementing the system across your school or district. Strategies, tools, and case studies are shared throughout to help you overcome the challenges of change and succeed with PCBE.  For more about this guidebook and updates on its resources, click on Vision and Action.​

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  • Become familiar with the PCBE system of education, including its unique qualities and benefits.

  • Study the transformation to a PCBE system, which involves a combination of vision and process.

  • Study six core ideas and their associated principles and use them to build your own PCBE vision.

  • Determine the unique changes that your school or district will require to best meet students’ needs. 

  • Learn about other schools and districts that have transformed to PCBE.

  • Learn about many organizations that could help you transform to PCBE.

Earlier News


  • On March 26, 2018, I gave the keynote address, "Education and Training for the Digital Age," for a conference at Purdue University.

  • On November 9, 2017, I co-presented "Competency-Based Personalized Learning: Where Does it Stand?" at the 2017 convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Jacksonville, FL.  A PDF of the presentation is available here.

  • On April 5, 2017, I presented a Webinar on "Research to Make a Difference" for the Research and Theory Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).  You can access the PowerPoint with script here and a recording of the Webinar here.


  • New series of blog postings on the learner-centered (competency-based, personalized) paradigm of education.  Click here.


  • On September 9, 2016, Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Educaiton Policy and I submitted a proposal to IU's Emerging Areas of Research initiative for about $3 million over 4 years.  The proposal focuses on building state-level capacity to support district-level paradigm change in public schools, initially in Indiana and one other state.


  • On August 18, 2016, I gave the keynote address at the ICOME International Conference in Kyoto, Japan, sponsored by the Japan Association for Educational Media Study.  I also give eight other presentations in Japan and China during a month-long trip.


  • In August 2016 my new book, Instructonal-Design Theories and Models, Volume IV: The Learner-Centered Paradigm of Education was published.  It provides fairly comprehensive coverage  of design theories for the learner-centered paradigm of education and training.  To read the Preface, click here.


  • On February 8, 2016, I served as a panelist at the Emerging Issues Forum – FutureWork, in Raleigh, NC, sponsored by the North Carolina State University Institute for Emerging Issues.  The forum is the largest annual public policy conference in the state and had an audience of policy makers, educational administrators, and business executives.  They were impressed by my book, Reinventing Schools, so they invited me to share ideas about it in a panel on “Smart Adaptations for Our Workforce Development System.”


  • Personalized Integrated Educational System: Technology Functions for the Learner-Centered Paradigm of Education” was published in the Journal of Educational Computing Research (Vol. 53, No. 3, pp. 459-496) in December 2015.  It describes the most detailed design specifications yet for a technology platform to support the learner-centered paradigm of education. Check it out here.


  • Great new book by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith called Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing our Kids for the Innovation Era.  Click here for a book review.


  • The December 2015 issue of the Kappan has an article by Sinem Aslan and me on the Minnesota New Country School, a prime example of a school in the learner-centered paradigm of education. Check it out here.


  • On the weekend of May 2-3, 2015, a radio interview of me with Bob Gourley was aired on “Issues Today”, which is broadcast on many radio stations. You can listen the interview here.


  • On March 20, 2015, I was interviewed on radio by WOCA AM about paradigm change.  You can listen to the interview here.


  • In March 2015 we opened a new website on what paradigm change is and why it is needed.  We hope you will look at it and tell us what improvements you would like to see.


  • I co-edited a special issue of Educational Technology on paradigm change in education - Volume 54, Number 3 (May 2014).  Click here.


  • report on designing serious games for education and training was prepared for the U.S. Air Force Research Lab.  Click here for the report.

  • On April 16, 2014, I met with about 20 leaders at the National Education Association in Washington DC , to talk with them about paradigm change in education and its implications for the NEA.  I was happy to see how well aware they are of the paradigm change that is underway in public education, and how interested they are in supporting this transformation and helping teachers to succeed in the more professional role that it will bring for them.


  • In October 2013 my book, Reinventing Schools, received the 2013 "Outstanding Book of the Year" award from the Division for Systemic Change in the Association for Educational Communications & Technology.


  • In 2013 I helped the US Air Force in the early stages of changing their paradigm of education and training from instructor-centered to learner-centered and from time-based learner progress to attainment-based learner progress.

Why Transform?

The purpose of this website is to offer information and insights about why paradigm change is the only way to significantly improve student learning in schools.  We discuss why paradigm change is needed in education,  what the new paradigm (Education 3.0) looks like, how we can facilitate the pradigm change, and what you can do. 

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Report on Professionalizing Education

Teacher Empowerment, Student Choice, and Equity in School Districts:

A Non-Bureaucratic Alternative for School Organization and Accountability

                                         Synopsis (online)                                     Report (PDF)

Award-Winning Book!

Instructional-Design Theories & Models, Vol. IV: The Learner-Centered Paradigm of Education

Charles M. Reigeluth, Brian J. Beatty & Rodney D. Myers (Editors)


The themes of this book are a) shifting the paradigm of instruction from teacher-centered to learner-centered and b) integraing design theories of instruction, assessment, and curriculum.  Chapters are collected into three primary sections: 1) a comprehensive view of the tearner-centered paradigm of education and training, 2) elaborations on parts of that view for a variety of K-12 and higher education settings, and 3) theories that address ways to move toward the learner-centered paradigm within the teacher-centered paradigm. 


Charles M. Reigeluth & Jennifer R. Karnopp​

Rowman & Littlefield 

Since A Nation at Risk was published in 1983, there has been widespread recognition that public education is failing in the U.S.  Many expensive reforms have been attempted to no avail, and costs have increased dramatically.  Furthermore, economic austerity requires educational systems to do more with less.  This book presents convincing evidence that paradigm change – such as the change of lighting systems from the candle to the light bulb – is the only way to significantly improve student learning and simultaneously lower costs. 


Earlier Award-Winning Book!

Reinventing Schools: 
It's Time to Break the Mold

The authors provide a thought-provoking vision of the new paradigm of education, including a new brain-based pedagogy, professional role for teachers, central role for technology, and more empowered role for students and parents.  The authors also describe three examples – a school, a school district, and a school model – that have implemented many features of the new paradigm, along with evidence of their effectiveness.  Finally, this book describes ways we can transform our Industrial-Age school systems to the new paradigm, including ways our state and federal governments can help.              Paperback: $28       Kindle: $26.50

My Services


Facilitate paradigm change efforts in school districts and charter schools.

My Areas of Interest


Deliver keynote addresses on paradigm change, new methods of instruction, and new roles for technology.

Other Books

My main interest is helping school systems to transform from the Industrial-Age, time-based, sorting-focused paradigm to the learner-centered paradigm that empowers and intrinsically motivates students through personalized, project-based learning where student progress is based on learning rather than on time. For my video on why we need paradigm change in education today,  click here.

There are two kinds of knowledge that are needed to help school systems to transform: the ends and means.

Instructional-Design Theories and Models, Vol II:
A New Paradigm of Instructional Theory

Charles M. Reigeluth, Editor

Ends of Paradigm Change

Knowledge about what the learner-centered paradigm should be like. 

Systemic Change in Education 
Charles M. Reigeluth & Robert J. Garfinkle, Editors

Means of Paradigm Change

Knowledge about how to help school systems to get from here to there.