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 an educational researcher and change facilitator. 


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 12 books and over 130 journal articles to share what I have been learning about school reinvention.  Now I am sharing much of that information on this website.

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.

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.