What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

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Every Classroom Matters episode 210 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. What is competency-based learning?

What’s Up With…Competency-Based Learning?

Where Learning Clicks

As more schools explore it, we explain what competency-based learning is and provide real ways to incorporate CBL into your school and classroom. The post What’s Up With…Competency-Based Learning? appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

4 important lessons our school learned about competency-based learning

eSchool News

Through competency-based education, we can now provide more relevant, personal assessment for each student and use that assessment to truly develop an equitable model of student success—as long as we are willing to accept innovation.

?Three Tips For Introducing Competency-Based Learning Into K-12

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By far, one of the most popular topics at the iNACOL conference in San Antonio last week was “competency-based learning"; out of the conference's approximately 200 sessions, 35 had the phrase in their title. . What exactly is competency-based learning? Check out Competency Works' description here. It's just such a wonderful way to ease students along the learning process. Education Technology Competency-Based Learning Learning Strategies

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.

Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

Turning Learning On Its Head

Though the flipped class model proved to be an effective strategy in which we saw increases in student achievement and engagement, we only did the traditional flipped classroom for one year. In 2011, a group of educators met at the Competency Based Learning Summit.

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.

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.

Is competency-based learning the next big thing in school reform?

eSchool News

In a typical Georgia school, kids like Sean Prisk would have to abide by a kind of classroom speed limit, forced to learn at the same pace as others his age. The school’s computer-based approach could be replicated across the state if education reformers appointed by Gov.

How to Bring ‘Mastery Learning’ to the Classroom

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One of the most popular topics these days in education is mastery learning—the idea that the pace of a class should match what each student is ready to learn, as a way to ensure they’re really grasping material. The flipped classroom allowed me to create this classroom environment.

Persistence Is Not Always Productive: How to Stop Students From Spinning Their Wheels

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I also worked hard to keep my students focused and tended to run my classroom like a tight ship. Classroom management didn’t come naturally to me, and I often felt unsuccessful. The goal is not to remove the obstacles from learning.

How Improving Student Feedback and Teaching Data Science Restored Our Classroom Culture

Edsurge

Over winter break in 2015, I found myself scouring the internet for career alternatives that would take me out of the classroom. The learning environment was tense, my students were angsty and I didn't have the information or strategies to make it better. Little did I know that by 2019 I would find a way to apply the data science strategies I learned as a geologist to bring joy and engagement back to my classroom.

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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.

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.

Glancing Ahead at the iNACOL Symposium 2018: What We’re Looking Forward to!

Where Learning Clicks

The iNACOL Symposium 2018 is premiering some new and exciting changes, so check out what we’re excited to see and learn in Nashville! appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Will eliminating the “F” eliminate bad school design?

The Christensen Institute

By design, we move students forward grade by grade based largely on the amount of instructional hours they have spent in class—dubbed “seat time”—rather than their mastery of academic skills and content. The dreaded “F” is going out of vogue in schools.

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. How online learning can solve teacher shortage problems.

What’s Up With… Formative and Summative Assessment?

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How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project-Based Learning

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Let’s think about it through the lens of project-based learning. This group of girls looked at the characters and based their talk show on the plot of the story. Artwork based on a scene of the story. Think about it: when was the last time a creative task held your focus?

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How AR and VR Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future (and Save Districts Money)

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Her class is learning about muscles, but instead of watching a video or reading about it in a book, she can move a virtual arm and see an exposed bicep muscle contract. In one day—in the same classroom—we can dissect an elephant, weld a beam, take apart a car, and dissect a human. EdSurge chatted with Carbenia, who shared tips on selecting, implementing and funding the technology—along with a deeply relevant lesson he learned from his family.

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.

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

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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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Design to the Edges

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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.

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. They learn how to participate differently in class and work on project-based assignments.

5 trends for seeding CBE growth

eSchool News

As more and more school systems across the country explore competency-based education (CBE), we need to be attentive to the processes that will actually allow such innovations to thrive. Carving out autonomy for competency-based models to thrive can take various forms.

The Risks and Rewards of Getting Rid of Grade Levels

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I had just transitioned back into the classroom at Latin School of Chicago from a job in publishing and this was not the kind of question that I had prepared myself to answer. Back then, the Chinese language program at Latin had begun piloting a proficiency-based model, which is structured differently from a traditional grade-based model. Given that proficiency-based teaching emphasizes mastery over grades, this topic has triggered another thought experiment. “But, Ms.

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences

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And it lacks the enthusiasm—as well as the desire to help kids own and engage in their learning—that defines us as innovative educators. With transformative digital changes happening in classrooms today, basic learning management systems now deliver the answers to most of those well worn questions on parent portals. Give parents resources that will help them support the process of learning and motivation. Understanding the school’s learning management system (LMS).

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

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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]

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. 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.

Inputs Do Not Guarantee Outcomes: Getting Online Credit Recovery Right

Edsurge

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. Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. The newspaper cites the NCAA requirement that credit-recovery courses be comparable in “length, content and rigor” to those taught in classrooms.

3 Tips for Developing and Assessing Soft Skills: First, Take Off Your Emotional Armor

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Based on my years of experience as a child therapist—helping young people build stronger, sturdier, more purposeful and hopeful lives—I would define what Jamal brought to the room as. In my role as the Chief Culture Officer at Valor Collegiate Academy , I’ve been wrestling lately with how to quantify, develop, and measure competencies like vulnerability in children (and adults) so that experiences like Jamal’s can become the rule rather than the exception.

Moving from the Flipped Classroom to Flipped Mastery

Turning Learning On Its Head

John who has made the transition from the flipped classroom to the Flipped-Mastery classroom. FLIPPED MASTERY FLIPPED MATH RADIO SHOW competency based learning flipped mastery mathJon interviews Michelle St. What is amazing is how well this has worked with her ADHD students. link].

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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Beginning that very first year in my Algebra classroom, I've strived to make it easier for educators to design their own curriculum. 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. Khan Academy videos coupled with IXL exercises aligned to standards we were learning in class. Eight Resources for Designing Competency-Based Curriculum.

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.

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