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.

Steps to Help Schools Transform to Competency-Based Learning

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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 learning, on the other hand, insists on mastery of subjects and provides students the time to learn; the students are not marched past failure.

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#inacol15 Session 1 – Personalizing PD: Creating a Competency-based Learning System for Teachers @LearningAccel

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Some major resources shared: iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework. Making Competency-Based Learning Real for Educators. Full session notes storified here…

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. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended learning and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that teachers and leaders from around the country were deploying on the ground. 3 Make Students Agents of Their Learning.

Why Middle Schoolers Thrive in a Self-Paced Classroom

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When we decided that we’d be giving our sixth-grade students control over their own learning this year, our colleagues told us we were crazy. It turns out young adolescents are extremely capable of engaging in self-paced, blended learning.

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

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

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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. In a personalized learning environment, student needs drive the design of the learning. How you group students, spend time with students, deliver content and create the learning environment is adaptive. Brandon Johnson.

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.

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

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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 generated logins for my students and started “blending” instruction using the free content from these publishers. Learn more about Kiddom Academy.

The Self-Aware Educator -- Developing systems for the educator’s mind

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From competency-based learning ( I just gave a presentation at Keene State’s Education Summit ) to personalized learning, Stemscopes (hands on science curriculum) to Dreambox (adaptive math), and Edusight (robust gradebook) to Fishtree (adaptive learning system), we have a lot of choices. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Technology Blended Learning Models Anthony Kim District LEaders School Leaders EdTech

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

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This past week, we traveled to the Golden, Colorado to attend the Conference of Online and Blended Learning (COBL), put on by the iLearn Collaborative. There we got the chance to learn what was on the hearts and minds of educators—some who are just beginning their personalized learning journey and others grappling with new challenges that have emerged from years of implementation. is a seasoned pro at implementing personalized and competency-based models.

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 online learning contributes to a more inclusive HE experience

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One thing that I’ve been thrilled about is that technology and online learning have really supported these students to continue their education, even though the pandemic disrupted many systems and processes. Read more: How to create accessible e-learning design.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

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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. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches. Learn more about next year’s conference in Providence.

Competency-Based Education: A Reading Journey

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As Shelby County 's journey toward competency-based education (CBE) has become regionally and nationally known, educators often ask about resources we have discovered along the way. Breaking with Tradition: The Shift to Competency-Based Learning in PLCs at Work by Brian M.

How to do online learning well? A California district has some answers.

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Kids are helped along by access to take-home devices and individualized learning plans that allow them to progress through class material at their own speed. But superintendent Tom Rooney likes to say that while facilities closed in Lindsay, “the learning never stopped.”.

Can Personalized Learning Be Scaled to Ease Teacher Burdens and Close Achievement Gaps?

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Some say it’s time to finally commit to scalable personalized learning. After nearly two decades of teaching, leading, researching and writing—all with a focus on personalized learning—Smith is taking another step forward in his life’s mission to better understand students and help them learn.

[Guest Post] The Future of Learning is Now

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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

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

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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.

When to Teach Online Classes Live and When to Let Students Learn on Demand

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Those weekly face-to-face sessions are as much about seeing people’s faces—seeing how tired they look, seeing how engaged they are in the material, seeing all of those kinds of things, and having that back and forth—as it is learning new content together,” she noted.

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Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

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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. Both students had the same rubric with the same competencies and standards to meet, but they were given the flexibility to show mastery of those competencies.

It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education

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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. He in essence suggested that because the curriculum wars have been decided more or less empirically, that people bent on disrupting the classroom and the factory-model education system were doing so under faulty assumptions about how students learn. Learning

Odysseyware launches new professional learning series

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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. These models are ushering in a new era of personalized learning pathways, teacher empowerment, and student choice. PDT; • “Val Verde Academy: A Successful Blended Learning Model” on May 5th at 9:00 a.m.

How 2Revolutions is Helping Schools, Districts, and States Support Future of Learning Models

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There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

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. To date, there are eight “learning lab” schools, whose practices are being tested, honed and highlighted for transitioning schools to see.

K–12 Departments Work Collaboratively to Support New Pedagogies

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Let’s start with what personalized learning is — or should be — and go from there. A 2017 Medium post from the Office of Educational Technology laments the lack of clarity about the term “personalized learning”: “The lack of a consistent definition and language for a relatively complex idea has hampered both understanding and effective ­implementation,” the article states. MORE FROM EDTECH: See where K–12 schools can turn to for personalized learning resources.

50 Alternatives To Lecturing

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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. In the background knowledge-building phase of learning, for example. Learning Models. Self-directed learning. Learning through play. Scenario-based learning. Game-based learning.

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

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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! And, we’ll highlight the best examples from across the country on our website for others to learn from. Our Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing study found that districts often use “ pilot tryouts ” to make decisions about learning technology tools.

What does it take to make an innovative school?

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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. One is an expansion of a coalition of schools that share best practices, called the League of Innovative Schools; the other is a comprehensive report on the ways that competency-based learning initiatives have grown in the six New England states.

What Does a School Need to Enable Learning Based on Student Competency?

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Many teachers have long been frustrated with static, canned curriculum that doesn’t seem connected to kids’ lives, and testing requirements that drive the learning experience. Three main ways schools are attempting this work are through technology use, an emphasis on personalizing learning and moving toward a mastery-based or competency-based evaluation system. ’ Competency education refers to a break from the traditional time-based school model.

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 can work for those just starting or those already on a personalized learning path. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

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

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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

Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

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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

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

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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. The April issue’s theme was “Nontraditional learning.” The middle school has started using an online system to guide self-paced learning, and Ms.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

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Redesigning Learning Spaces: Panelists identified changing learning spaces as a trend that educators and district leaders have embraced for quite some time and which is likely to continue. An increasing number of educators are finding that collaborative, hands-on learning requires a different type of space than most traditional classrooms offer, and that the learning environment greatly impacts both pedagogy and student engagement.

Will “school choice on steroids” get a boost under a Trump administration?

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States generally allocate money per student to districts, but in states with Course Access, districts have to share that funding based on the number of courses a student takes elsewhere. For the next generation of students, the international stakes are too high to restrict access to great courses based on ZIP code.”. They want them at school learning. They want them at school learning. Read more about blended learning.

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

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In January 2015, Duggan enrolled in New Hampshire’s self-paced Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS), joining about 200 full-time middle and high school students and about 10,000 part-timers from brick-and-mortar schools statewide who take VLACS courses a la carte. Virtual schools promise flexibility and a universe of learning just keystrokes away. Also, VLACS’s funding is based on student performance rather than enrollment. Competencies. Competency Pays.