Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

In theory, proficiency-based models let students learn at their own pace, speeding up if they grasp a concept quickly, and getting extra help if they struggle. In practice, though, it can take many different forms, including independent study, learning communities and online programs. Maine’s march toward a proficiency-law began in 1997, with the adoption of the Maine Learning Results, which set statewide standards in eight content areas.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

The Hechinger Report

His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. Personalized learning advocates had big hopes for ESSA, enacted in 2015. In a personalized classroom, students are taught how to take control of their own learning, so that they can take different pathways to gain understanding of concepts. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

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Close the Achievement Gap: 5 Specific Strategies

EdNews Daily

Every single child who enters our buildings deserves the right to learn and have the opportunity to succeed. In Closing the Achievement Gap: A Vision for Changing Beliefs and Practices (2003), Belinda Williams identified four needs of students. We’ve added one more: creating a personalized environment. Provide a Rigorous Learning Environment. Those needs are best met when you and your faculty provide students with a rigorous learning environment.

Seeing the Pandemic as an Opportunity for Change

edWeb.net

Disconnection between teaching and learning: Teachers often confuse covering the material with teaching to the kids—if they teach to understanding, then the classroom becomes a different environment. The question we should have been asking is: How do we get kids excited about learning?”

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide. The question we must each ask ourselves is – what is the real goal of our OER advocacy? Personally, my goal is not to provide less expensive access to the same teaching and learning experience to more people – access and affordability have never been my end game. We learn by the things we do.

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Live Thursday Sept. 15 with Sam Chaltain on "Faces of Learning"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Thursday, September 15th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Sam Chaltain, DC-based writer and education activist, on his new book Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education. He works with schools, school districts, and public and private sector companies to help them create healthy, high-functioning learning environments.