Competency-based learning: the ultimate student-centered education

Neo LMS

Students need to attend certain courses at certain times and be assessed in certain ways. Competency-based education might be the best solution in these circumstances. What is competency-based learning? Time is not the best measurement for learning.

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

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Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success. Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” Portfolios also highlight learning’s natural progression.

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Distinctly Equitable: How This Chicago School Makes Competency-Based Learning Work

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Does competency-based education hold the key to providing an equitable learning opportunity to every student? As she puts it, competency-based learning “gives students the chance. Distinctive Schools network, we have been on a journey implementing personalized learning that takes a competency based approach. In this model, students learn at their level and move on to concepts when they have demonstrated mastery.

‘Toolkit’ Breaks Down K-12 Districts’ Shifts Into Competency-Based Learning

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A new online guide offers resources for K-12 districts trying to implement competency-based learning—and it offers a primer for K-12 companies on those systems' most pressing needs. The post ‘Toolkit’ Breaks Down K-12 Districts’ Shifts Into Competency-Based Learning appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessments / Testing competency-based education Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Digital Promise

Success at Innovative Schools Hinges on Helping Students Transition

The Christensen Institute

Malaina is a current high school student who decided to homeschool in order to expand her learning by blending interdisciplinary, real world, and academic-focused learning. They are not tied to a standardized curriculum, traditional methods of assessment, or even a single location. Increasingly, students at these schools also have opportunities to engage in individualized learning through tech-driven curriculum.

Competencies vs. Skills

A Principal's Reflections

After looking at what I had on the slide and listening to my analysis, she commented that I was (or should be) referencing and explaining competencies, not just skills, which students will need. Competencies outline "how" the goals and objectives will be accomplished.

Government accountability goes unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s innovation engine

The Christensen Institute

governors, WGU is an online institution that uses a competency-based model. In competency-based learning, students make progress in their coursework as they master learning objectives, as opposed to a traditional credit-hour model in which students advance based on time regardless of how well they understand something.

Building a Bridge from 21st Century Learners to 21st Century Earners

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It does mean, however, that entrepreneurial skill sets will move from the margins associated with a rare percentage of the population to the mainstream—as more professionals tap into these competencies in their job searches. Children will need to master skills and competencies relevant to this emerging world of work. We often think about competency-based learning as an input—a method of instruction that is mastery based and not time-based.

Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

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As a former New York City high school teacher, I know that parent-teacher conferences seldom provide parents with enough time to process what their children learned, what they’re interested in, and what needs improvement. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing. I had effectively created the conditions necessary for my students to self-advocate, which, as I would later learn, meant parent-teacher conferences would be less of a performance review.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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competency-based (a.k.a. standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand. This was at odds with my experience, because I relied extensively on edtech for assessments.

How One High School is Helping Students Craft Eportfolios People Will Actually Read

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A significant number of K-12 teachers looking to move away from student success measures that focus on standardized testing and grades are turning towards eportfolios, online websites showcasing projects tied to learning objectives. On the platform, students were expected to do more than document what they learned; she wanted them to actively consider their audience when writing posts. Seeing a student in high school learning how to do it doesn’t often happen.

We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

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SEL and MESH competencies. Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. Studies have linked social-emotional learning (SEL) programs with improved focus, stronger relationships, lower anxiety and higher test scores. Even American political parties, at-odds about everything, agree SEL competencies play a vital role in the economic success of today’s students. Soft skills.

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Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

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For Scott Looney, there’d be no hesitating: He would have every school switch from traditional grading to competency-based evaluations. Rather than a traditional GPA, the group imagines a credit-based transcript , with links to artifacts that demonstrate students’ mastery across different competencies. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs.

The Four Biggest Challenges to Implementing Maine's Proficiency-Based Diploma

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Maine has long been an innovator in education, stemming back to the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Now all eyes are on our corner of the country as we transition from a traditional seat-time high school diploma to a proficiency-based diploma. I believe the new proficiency-based diploma requirements are yet another beacon of educational leadership and innovation, one that will alter our education system in meaningful and lasting ways.

Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education

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Enter competency-based learning (CBE), a term introduced in the 1970s when the U.S. This is the standard definition of competency-based education that most educators, policymakers and researchers largely agree with: a system in which students progress based on their demonstration of mastery of a certain concept or skill. In practice, competency-based education resembles the thousand-flower garden. Disruptive innovation.

These Red Flags Signal Competency Education’s Three Biggest Misconceptions

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I’ve continued to go back to Tony Wan’s piece, Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education. I’m thrilled he wrote it, as I think it holds up a mirror to all of us working in the world of competency-based education about where we can do better. If you don’t understand that the traditional system of education is designed to rank and sort students, then it’s really hard to understand competency-based education.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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This story is part of a series from EdSurge Research on how schools are redefining student success using MyWays , a framework created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). The state of New Hampshire has been gradually shifting toward competency-based education (CBE) for two decades. Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system.

What a Summer Prototype Taught Us About Measuring Quality in an Unbundled Education System

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In the summer of 2016, a community of educators, research design partners, and over 150 teens and young adults in Colorado engaged in a bold experiment to rethink how quality and impact might be measured in a modernized system of learning. In this relatively small, short-cycle prototype, the lessons we learned were significant. They are informing a set of expanded pilots taking place in 2017. Why focus outside of formal learning time for our design work?

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The PROs and CONs of competency-based education

Neo LMS

In a previous post I talked about competency-based learning and how this might be the ultimate approach to education. Students attend courses, do assignments, get credits and eventually graduate based on what they know, not on how much time it took them to gain that knowledge.

Shifting My Teacher Mindset with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

One of the biggest reasons for my growth as an educator has been competency-based learning. When my district started to explore this approach five years ago, we knew that before we could even begin to understand how to implement competency-based learning, we had to understand why it was important.This meant we had to understand our predispositions and biases we associate with learning, otherwise referred to as our teaching “mindset.”.

She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher

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FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017. I didn’t know anything about learning disabilities.

Top Summer PD Opportunities

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There is a heavy focus on the importance of students learning how to learn and how to lead. Multiple guess questions are becoming a thing of the past, as we educators seek to challenge students to apply what they’re learning instead of simply memorizing and regurgitating it.

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7 must-knows from blended learning’s early adopters

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Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. 2 Go Slow to Go Fast When Implementing Competency-Based Models.

Maximizing the Momentum of Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As the number of districts and states adopting micro-credentials into their professional learning strategy continues to grow, it is critical that stakeholders step back to take a pulse of the ecosystem. This report, co-authored by Digital Promise and the Center for Teaching Quality, explores the current K-12 micro-credential landscape to uncover insights and opportunities to help grow the effectiveness of micro-credentials in supporting educator and student learning.

Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

There’s quite a bit of evidence on topics such as brain-based learning that offer new insights into replacing traditional instruction and grading with proficiency-based learning and reporting. can be ut ilized to make learning personal (and fun!)

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Learn how these model districts implemented personalized learning

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Personalized learning, competency-based learning and dynamic organizational design have shown promising results in school districts across the nation, according to a new report from Education Elements.

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

The Hechinger Report

In this ongoing series, The Hechinger Report is visiting high schools that have beaten the long odds to learn what’s behind their success. Today, Juarez is ranked 49th out of 658 Illinois public high schools based on test scores and college readiness.

A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn

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The only goal is to learn the material, sooner or later. They get frequent updates on which skills they’ve learned and which ones they need to acquire. Mastery-based learning, also known as proficiency-based or competency-based learning, is taking hold across the country.

Mixing Automation and a Human Touch, New Software Helps Keep Students ‘On Task’

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Education technology researcher George Siemens and a colleague hope that personalized learning approaches can help better connect professors and students in large classes. While the combination of “automated” and “personalized” seems contradictory, OnTask aims to deliver targeted guidance to students based on their behavior. Pardo piloted OnTask in March 2017 at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference in Vancouver. “We

Why Flipped Learning Is Still Going Strong 10 Years Later

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Ten years ago two Colorado chemistry teachers unleashed a brash concept on a K-12 landscape where few questioned the age-old formula of lecture, homework, assess, repeat. It became know as the flipped classroom—a modern, video-based version of a model pioneered by a handful of higher ed professors during the 1990s. Perhaps also because as flipped learning has evolved, it has adopted much more of an open-ended definition.

How One University is Working to ‘Humanize’ Online Teaching

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No one wants to feel like a cog in the wheel, especially not when it comes to something as personal as learning. To address these concerns, Cal State Channel Islands offers a two-week online training course for professors at the university called Humanizing Online Learning , with tips and strategies for forging personal connections with remote students. EdSurge: I wanted to talk about your Humanizing Online Learning training course. That's part of learning too.

Healthcare offers lessons from the last recession to higher ed of what not to do

The Christensen Institute

There will be many opportunities to use stimulus funds to push forward competency-based learning models—in which the federal government pays for mastery of learning, not the number of “credit hours” students accumulate.

Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

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Separate from its Playbook that helps define a vision, Education Elements , a consulting firm, helps schools and districts design next-generation teaching and learning models. They have a Personalized Learning Implementation Framework that guides users through 25 key areas of personalized learning. It helps schools and districts assess their needs, recognize their strengths and how to work with those, and map out a plan.

Government Accountability Goes Unaccountable

Leadership Lounge

governors, WGU is an online institution that uses a competency-based model. WGU pushes that framework in all sorts of ways, not the least of which is that credit hours are the basis on which the federal government doles out student aid, not attainment of competencies.

How teachers can go blended (when they’re the only one)

The Christensen Institute

About the author: Casey Lynch is a K-12 education research intern with the Christensen Institute focused on interviewing and profiling schools in the Blended Learning Universe Directory, and a rising 8th grade English teacher in The School District of Philadelphia. Many teachers interested in implementing blended learning may be deterred by challenges in their school contexts. Innovation theory and the Blended Learning Universe Directory stand to offer implementable solutions.