In search of on-ramps to competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

As more and more school systems across the country explore “going competency-based,” we need to be attentive to the processes that will actually allow such innovations to thrive. Current time- and age-based accountability measures have a stronghold on schools, even those trying to break away from the factory model of education. As a result, we would predict that time-based metrics and incentives could cannibalize many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner.

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

Edsurge

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.

Utah and Florida sign bills to support competency-based learning pilots, but now the real work begins

The Christensen Institute

This month, governors in Utah and Florida signed bills supporting the creation of competency-based education pilot programs in districts and schools. Utah’s bill, SB 143 , creates the Competency-Based Education Grants Program, which allows local education agencies to apply for grants to pilot competency-based education programs. Treat competency-based learning as a whole-system—rather than one-off—reform.

Steps to Help Schools Transform to Competency-Based Learning

MindShift

It’s no longer a given that if a child spends twelve years in school, he or she will learn enough to succeed in higher education or a career. If a student fails to learn a skill, he or she accepts that result and moves on to the next topic with the rest of the class.

Competency-based and blended learning: Friends or foes?

The Christensen Institute

Last week, I presented a webinar for the Michigan-based EdTech Specialists’ webinar series on blended learning and competency-based education. Early on, as many in the field do, the overlap of blended and competency-based learning felt obvious to me.

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

In a recent editorial , the Los Angeles Times called into question the district’s record-high 75 percent graduation rate, as it said that the figure was based in part on LA Unified’s dependence on its less-than-rigorous online credit-recovery courses. Unpacking competency recovery.

50 practitioners showcase noteworthy blended-learning tactics

The Christensen Institute

Blended and personalized learning practices are often in flux in classrooms, schools, and districts. Practitioners aren’t just trying to learn the latest from peers, but to share and develop the tactics that can make learning more student-centered and equitable. Enter our annual Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Developing competency-based learning models over time and trials.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

As we’ve written before , one affordable and flexible solution stands out: online and blended learning hold the potential to unlock new solutions to the nation’s teacher capacity challenges. Allow more experts into classrooms.

Blended Learning Universe upgrades to drive educator learning, networking

The Christensen Institute

We live in an amazing time where school leaders have the capability to advance student-centered learning–the combination of personalizing learning and implementing competency-based learning–at scale. The engine to drive that transformation is blended learning. With the upgrade of the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) this week, educators and innovators have gained an important tool to advance this work.

Why schools are shifting to blended learning in Brazil

The Christensen Institute

For the past few years at the Institute, we’ve heard stories about Brazilian teachers trying out blended learning. To explore these trends more deeply, we published our first international blended-learning research paper in November, Blended Beyond Borders , in partnership with the WISE Initiative. Through these partners, we administered a survey to capture whether and why schools were going blended. Blended learning can give students more options.

Design to the Edges

Where Learning Clicks

The post Design to the Edges appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. I recently watched Todd Rose’s TEDx Sonoma County talk, “The Myth of Average.” Rose, a former high school dropout, is a professor at Harvard University.

Beware of taking flexibility a step too far

The Christensen Institute

At its best, online learning can catalyze new heights of flexibility—in path, pace, place, space, and teacher-student interactions—amidst an education landscape that has long looked more like an industrial production line. In blended and online environments, students can move at their own pace, and when provided access to real-time data, teachers can intervene more nimbly when individual students get stuck.

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

Edsurge

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. Why focus outside of formal learning time for our design work? Framework for the Future of Learning.

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What a blended learning classroom really looks like: An urban teacher’s reboot

The Hechinger Report

Related: Organic adoption of one technology leads to a seamless way to blend others. Many people want to know how what blended learning and the personalization of student learning are and how they look in implementation. Subscribe to our Blended Learning newsletter.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

Edsurge

Yes, this was before Google Classroom existed!) This competency-based system made sense; if students were chronically absent, holding them accountable to a pacing calendar would prove futile. Abbas Manjee's standards-based Algebra 1 scope and sequence. At the time, I had no idea this system was called “standards-based grading.” I was so green at this point in my career that I probably assumed every classroom in the 21st century operated this way.

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

Edsurge

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. Often, “what needs improvement” dominates the conversation; if parents must endure this in multiple classrooms with multiple teachers, it doesn’t provide the incentive to come back next time.

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

Edsurge

The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. Mary Earick, project director for NG2, says the purpose of the program is to create more flexible learning pathways for students through “competency-based multiage schooling,” which allows students to move on to new objectives only after mastering others. “[NG2]

These Red Flags Signal Competency Education’s Three Biggest Misconceptions

Edsurge

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.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. Click here to learn more.

Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

The Christensen Institute

A critique against the power of disruptive innovation to help our schools educate each child more effectively has been a backhanded one: Yes, re-architecting schools around personalized learning is important, but even more important is having a highly effective teacher for every child. Online learning advocates have for a long time made this point. As Sajan George has also observed , disrupting classrooms is key to transforming our school system by eliminating the need for all 3.5

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6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. Learn more about next year’s conference in Providence.

Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. What is personalized learning?

K–12 Departments Work Collaboratively to Support New Pedagogies

EdTech Magazine

Let’s start with what personalized learning is — or should be — and go from there. MORE FROM EDTECH: See where K–12 schools can turn to for personalized learning resources. So, how can teams get to the point where everyone is on board with the personalized learning program and goals? .

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. Students complete gamified learning exercises on Siyavula’s Everything Maths at home.

Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

Digital Promise

Last month, Johnson joined a handful of educators from the League of Innovative Schools on a tour of three public school districts in New Hampshire, a leader in competency-based education. When I landed in New Hampshire, I was eager to see competency-based education in action at the secondary level. Interestingly, what I saw were classrooms that on the surface looked quite traditional, with students working on the same lesson or exercise.

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

Edsurge

As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. Today’s most hyped phrase, personalized learning, is nearing Gartner’s peak of inflated expectations among the chattering class of education thought leaders and philanthropists.

K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! So, do you think you have a pilot approach others could learn from?

What does it take to make an innovative school?

The Hechinger Report

One of the challenges in trying out new learning strategies, including those that embrace technology, is that schools have a tough time finding out which new methods work best – which ones actually help kids learn. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

50 Alternatives To Lecturing

TeachThought - Learn better.

Ed note: This post is promoted by SEU’s Master of Education program, who asked to write about how learning is changing, and let you know about their Master of Education and Educational Leadership program, which can you read more about here. Learning Models. Learning through play.

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[Guest Post] The Future of Learning is Now

Education Elements

The Jaquelin Hume Foundation’s mission is to accelerate the implementation of high quality blended/personalized learning in America’s schools. However, with the publication of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns,” the conversations changed and the idea began to gain traction. Personalized learning is an idea whose time has come. Personalized Learning Education Leaders

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

The Hechinger Report

The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year.

Not Just Buzzwords: How Teachers Bring Big Ideas, Innovative Practices to Life

Edsurge

Blended learning in credit-recovery courses and alternative schools—areas where students would often have no brick-and-mortar options—has gotten a bad rap because of questions about the rigor of the online learning experience. But the Office of Educational Options at BCPS works hard with its teachers to keep standards high so that students are not merely recovering credits to graduate, but also learning. Education Technology School Models Learning Strategies

Odysseyware launches new professional learning series

eSchool News

The sequence of professional learning opportunities will highlight the unique ways schools and districts nationwide are implementing innovative strategies and new instructional models to transform learning for their students.

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

Edsurge

We all remember classmates who sat in the back of the room, eyes glued to a comic or dog-eared paperback, anything to escape a learning environment that did not—or could not—engage them. The practice of funding public schools and assessing student engagement based on a student’s physical attendance is rooted in this definition and has only reinforced what is an outmoded idea. How do you know learning is happening? Education Technology School Models Learning Strategies

It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education

TeachThought - Learn better.

It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education. In March, Tom Loveless, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, took an outdated swipe at the logic behind moving toward a student-centered learning system. Each child has different learning needs at different times.