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.

?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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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. Radio Show/News Report.

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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.

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]

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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. 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.

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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. Student achievement is evaluated against school learning standards and performance expectations.

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. In a personalized learning environment, student needs drive the design of the learning. Subscribe to our Blended Learning newsletter.

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. Lessons learned.

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.

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. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

State Support, Community Effort: Personalized Learning in South Carolina

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Marianne Beja had been in education for more than 30 years when she discovered personalized learning. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it. Source: KnowledgeWorks Personalized Learning Resources.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

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. Web-based preferred. Ability to create individualized learning paths from objective-based tests made by the teacher.

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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. Personalized learning in Juab is still a work in progress.

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. Professional Learning (skills, knowledge, theory).

Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

There’s quite a bit of evidence on topics such as brain-based learning that offer new insights into replacing traditional instruction and grading with proficiency-based learning and reporting. the student’s ability to succeed in the classroom is directly impacted.

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Identifying the Top Four Challenges in K-12 Education

Digital Promise

Across the country, schools are adopting new approaches to teaching and learning in order to prepare students for life in a technology-rich world. Challenge 1: Creating opportunities for authentic learning. Further, authentic learning has the potential to make students more engaged.

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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Vote for Digital Promise’s SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 Session Ideas

Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. VR for Good – Can “Cause-Based” VR Save Us? In this panel, innovators of cause-based VR from education, medical, journalism and marketing fields will debate whether using VR to help others is the way forward. Applying Research to Truly Personalize Learning.

To Connect Classes to Careers, Consider Erasing Grade Levels

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Back in the early 1900s, John Dewey promoted the “learning by doing” approach to education, which would later become the foundation of project-based learning (PBL). With our new focus, we are one of 10 high school districts in Illinois that have started to move to competency-based learning. We’re also working to report on students’ mastery of skills with progress levels, rather than a traditional report card at the end of each semester.