Competency-Based Learning Puts Students at the Center. It’s Perfect for Now.

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Then COVID-19 catapulted education into crisis mode, forcing her and all students and teachers into at-home learning situations across the world. Older students employed as essential workers, at grocery stores and warehouse distribution centers, lost significant learning time.

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.

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?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

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. Read the Executive Summary HERE and the full report HERE ). During that Summit, the leaders identified five key tenets of Competency Based Learning (CBL): Students advance upon mastery.

Why a high-performing district is changing everything with competency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Her teacher has embraced competency-based learning, which asks students to take more control in the classroom. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report. The reform model is known by several different names, including proficiency-based education. The state’s boomerang confirmed for many critics that proficiency-based education was a failure. In Melrose, they’re calling it competency-based education, and it’s moving full steam ahead.

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.

Competencies for a Post-COVID World

A Principal's Reflections

In classrooms, educators continue to grapple with the impacts this is having on both remote and hybrid learning models. When the dust settles, we need to look carefully at critical lessons learned. Competencies outline "how" goals and objectives will be accomplished.

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

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

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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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Standards-Based Grading: Hope vs. Reality

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Standards-based grading (SBG)—or competency-based grading—measures student progress relative to specific learning standards. This system of evaluation isolates the learning of content and mastery of skills from other factors, such as behavior.SBG takes on many different forms across the country. In any configuration, the setup and preparation take time, but educators report that the effort is worthwhile. Learn about the benefits of SBG in your classroom.

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.

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]

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. Conferences are not for reporting test scores. Give parents resources that will help them support the process of learning and motivation.

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. These conferences are rarely original and are often a missed opportunity to truly connect with parents about something beyond the report card. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing.

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.

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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Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education

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Enter competency-based learning (CBE), a term introduced in the 1970s when the U.S. This is the standard definition of competency-based education that most educators, policymakers and researchers largely agree with: a system in which students progress based on their demonstration of mastery of a certain concept or skill. In practice, competency-based education resembles the thousand-flower garden. Disruptive innovation.

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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This story is part of a series from EdSurge Research on how schools are redefining student success using MyWays , a framework created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). The state of New Hampshire has been gradually shifting toward competency-based education (CBE) for two decades. The changes first impacted high schools, and in the past three years, the model has made its way into K-12 classrooms.

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. Regardless of what subject is taught, teachers can create a pathway-independent rubric regarding the standards students should meet, and the students can decide how they will show the accomplishment of the standards—similar to a competency-based learning model. This group of girls looked at the characters and based their talk show on the plot of the story. Radio Show/News Report.

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New Report Sheds Light on Higher Ed’s Innovation Challenges

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A new report surveying academic administrators released Wednesday by the Online Learning Consortium and Learning House sheds some insight on innovation challenges at higher education institutions. Among the report’s findings are that 91 percent of the administrators responding to the survey said that innovation “is stated as a priority in either their strategic or academic plans, or both documents.” Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?

techlearning

At the IMS Global Learning Impact conference this week (#LILI2018), there were dozens of sessions covering the many ways interoperability is helping data play well together to create more user-friendly digital ecosystems. Some sessions dove into the weeds, exploring systems like IMS CASE (Competencies & Academic Standards Exchange), which supports learning standards and competencies, digital resources, and assessments.

The most important LMS analytics that teachers should know about

Neo LMS

One of the benefits of using an LMS for online teaching is that it makes teachers’ lives easier when it comes to tracking student progress and learning outcomes. Read more: What works for tracking student progress in online learning. NEO Guide: Competency-based learning.

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Why Mastery Based Learning is a Good Option

Ask a Tech Teacher

An option several school districts I converse with are trying is called “mastery-based learning” — MBL. Learning is personalized, based on school standards. Success in an MBL program is defined by the achievement of competencies , not intangible performance measures or student-to-student comparisons. Student achievement is evaluated against school learning standards and performance expectations. What is Standards-based Grading?

Personalize with Purpose: Meeting Learners Where They Are

Digital Promise

At its heart, personalized learning requires profound shifts in our thinking about education and schooling.” Personalized learning is not a new concept. What has changed, however, is the need and increased capacity to personalize learning, including: A workforce that demands significantly more than mastery of the 3 Rs; 2. Growth in learner variability and complexity in classrooms nationwide; 3. Click here to read our new report.

Personalizing Path & Pace Through Mastery Learning

EdTechTeacher

A core element of personalized learning involves tailoring students’ path and pace to their specific needs and interests. This practice is often coupled with the overarching philosophy of mastery learning, sometimes referred to as competency-based education. One of the most effective ways to personalize the path and pace of student learning is to build a strong foundation of competency based learning in your classroom or institution.

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OPINION: Four effective strategies for parents who are now homeschooling their children

The Hechinger Report

For all parents, learning how to find an appropriate work-family balance is of paramount importance. For years, we have made it our mission to help educators reimagine their schools and classrooms with a model known as competency-based learning. Competency education differs from the way that most of us learned in school. Learning is organized into competencies (big ideas) as well as content and skills (standards).

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

The Hechinger Report

Many people want to know how what blended learning and the personalization of student learning are and how they look in implementation. I too have grappled with these questions for the past several years and continue to evolve my definitions, but here is what I have determined: Personalization of student learning puts the child at the center of the learning experience to create an optimal learning environment. Subscribe to our Blended Learning newsletter.

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.

Beyond a label: Digging into innovation in charter and traditional district schools

The Christensen Institute

The project uncovered a set of schools, many of which have not received widespread recognition, and revealed the practices these schools are adopting in pursuit of student-centered learning. Charters report social-emotional learning practices at higher rates.

OPINION: Why we need a new pedagogy for our post-Covid future

The Hechinger Report

The author’s daughter has spent much of the pandemic learning how to problem solve with her sewing machine. Early in the lockdown, my 10-year-old daughter learned how to use a sewing machine by watching YouTube videos.

What Happens When Students Work at Their Own Pace

Digital Promise

We hear a lot about the need for students to “learn at their own pace.” Only New Hampshire and Maine have enacted statewide laws to move away from the Carnegie unit, the measure that awards academic credit based on time spent in class. For the 2014-15 school year, Piedmont Middle School, in rural northeast Alabama, reimagined how its students learn by letting them progress based on their mastery of skills and standards. Lessons learned.

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. 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.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

Digital Promise

WHAT: Piedmont Middle School is seeking to pilot digital learning programs that support competency-based learning in science and social studies. The district is working with Digital Promise to conduct an effective learning technology pilot this spring, from product selection to purchase decision. There is strong leadership from the superintendent and middle school principal, focused on using technology to power personalized learning. Web-based preferred.

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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. Classrooms can be infamously siloed environments where teachers operate in isolation.

Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

I’ve been able to see firsthand how school leaders are implementing exciting innovations that are accelerating high quality teaching and learning—things such as Open Education Resources (OER) , repurposing their spaces , completely overhauling how they assess a child’s growth by shifting to a competency-based learning model , among other things. Do these school leaders have sufficient visibility into what’s happening in each classroom and program district-wide?

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