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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.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. For the last three years in a row, it has been 97 percent, and the superintendent attributes the whole of that increase to the district’s efforts to personalize learning. The bell schedule and academic calendar were seen as nonnegotiable; student learning is what varied.

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

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Amadou Diallo/The Hechinger Report. Special 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. It’s built around a skills-based model that prioritizes student mastery, extensive community outreach and a culture that views college enrollment as an expectation rather than a long shot. A student who got an A was assumed to have learned something.

5 trends for seeding CBE growth

The Christensen Institute

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. Current time- and age-based accountability measures have a stronghold on schools, even those trying to break away from the factory model of education. Carving out autonomy for competency-based models to thrive can take various forms.

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The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

We can be hopeful that the connection between teacher training and student learning seems to be realized and now what’s needed is to find the right formula for improving this crucial component of school culture. Recent studies, including the Gates Foundation, the TNTP Project and Harvard research, all report failing grades from administrators and teachers alike, which is one certainty we can begin with. Professional Learning (skills, knowledge, theory).