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.

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.

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Why Middle Schoolers Thrive in a Self-Paced Classroom

Edsurge

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.

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. The presentation provided me with a chance to revisit a blog post I wrote two years ago on the overlap—or lack thereof—between competency-based and blended approaches to teaching and learning. What better way to allow for flexible pacing than to use technology in classrooms?

How Technology Improves Teacher-Student Relationships

Where Learning Clicks

Personalized blended learning betters student outcomes in Rhode Island because the technology improves teacher-student relationships. The post How Technology Improves Teacher-Student Relationships appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

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.

Personalized Learning: Using Edtech for More Than Credit Recovery

Where Learning Clicks

Learn how one district is helping students become future ready by personalizing learning using edtech for more than credit recovery. The post Personalized Learning: Using Edtech for More Than Credit Recovery appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Tomorrow the Clayton Christensen Institute is releasing a white paper titled, “Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market.” In that paper, Mallory Dwinal analyzes how the macro-level influences of women’s rights, technological improvements in other sectors, and teachers’ family structures have led to shortages of teachers by grade level, subject area, region, and quality.

Competency-based legal education

The Christensen Institute

In thinking about how best to prepare for that changing world, law schools need to consider how competency-based educational models can be employed to advance educational objectives for students seeking to enter the market for legal services. In this new environment, law schools need to reimagine themselves as educators for students interested in learning about the legal services sector, not simply those seeking a JD.

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. For this to happen, policymakers and leaders will need to recognize online learning’s potential and to legislate and plan accordingly. These technologies, in turn, allow teachers in those subjects to provide more up-to-date and relevant experiences for their students.

Disruption looms for law schools

The Christensen Institute

New technologies are able to do tasks that lawyers—particularly entry-level lawyers—performed traditionally. With the emergence of online learning and the opportunity to pair it with competency-based learning and flexibly mix it all into place-based bootcamp type experiences that train students to practice law—the combination of which would be disruptive to higher education—legal education is awaiting a disruptive innovator that takes advantage of the current opportunity.

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 law schools should do to combat disruption

The Christensen Institute

First, schools can use online learning as a sustaining innovation to improve learning and control costs. Students could learn core subjects through online, competency-based programs and their in-person experience would focus on extensive training in a particular area of law through experiential learning courses, clinics, capstones, directed research, and field placements. If the technology or tool is not useful to doing the Job, then it can ignore it.

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.

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]

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

Edsurge

Little did I know this experience would eventually propel me to help develop a school operating system that tackles technology issues plaguing educators and supports them with more opportunities to offer individualized instruction. 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. Learn more about Kiddom Academy.

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. I credit technology—and superheroes. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing. And from what we’ve gathered, teachers are constantly looking to empower students to take control of their learning.

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

Education Elements

Today we have access to more instructional strategies, procedures, and technologies than ever before. 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.

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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.

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. 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.

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

Edsurge

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.

Fostering competency in Arizona

The Christensen Institute

Yesterday the Arizona State Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 in favor of a bill that would create opportunities for schools to pilot competency-based education programs. All students in Arizona have distinct learning needs, and each deserves an education that is able to address those needs. But unfortunately, many students today struggle in school because the traditional education system was never designed to provide individualized learning opportunities.

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. 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. Click here to learn more. For more, see: Blended learning up close—really close.

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. Second, officials should move from seat-time requirements to competency-based learning models.

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The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

Last month, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in New Hampshire launched a new set of pathways for students. Although proponents of personalized learning often talk about affording students more choice regarding how they learn, few schools have managed to figure out a coherent architecture to get there. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis.

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. 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.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Every year for the past 15 years the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have been taking the pulse of where education technology stands among K-12 educators. A panel of 59 experts from 18 countries discussed major trends in education that are driving the adoption of technology, as well as the big challenges to effective implementation. Trends affecting the adoption of technology in schools.

Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

Digital Promise

Asante Johnson is a technology integration coach and STEM teacher at District of Columbia Public Schools ’ Wheatley Education Campus. 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.

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 Departments Work Collaboratively to Support New Pedagogies

EdTech Magazine

Engaging students and personalizing instruction with technology requires IT and instructional experts to work effectively , together, outside of their traditional silos. Let’s start with what personalized learning is — or should be — and go from there. Indeed, the concept has been conflated with other educational and ­instructional approaches that integrate technology : adaptive learning, blended ­learning , ­competency-based learning and differentiated learning, to name just a few.

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.

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

Edsurge

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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[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. As he spoke, it became clear to me that the only way to have an impact on the K-12 education industry (a $650 billion business at last count) was to introduce the use of technology to improve its product and increase its productivity. Personalized learning is an idea whose time has come. Personalized Learning Education Leaders

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! And, we’ll highlight the best examples from across the country on our website for others to learn from. This spring, Digital Promise is working with six school districts conducting education technology pilots. Manager of Blended Learning.