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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. In any configuration, the setup and preparation take time, but educators report that the effort is worthwhile.

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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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.

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

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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. 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. 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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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?

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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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What Public School Teachers Want: Less Disruption

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Teachers shoulder the stress and try our best to ensure that true best practices are used in our classrooms, while at the same time we are often forced to sip the Kool-Aid of the highly-paid consultants du jour in lieu of designing our own professional development.

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.

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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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).

14 Examples Of Innovation In Higher Education

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Competency-Based Learning. Competency-Based Education is something I’m hearing more and more about, which is neither bad nor good, but worth understanding more carefully. Video Streaming/ Flipped Classroom/eLearning Trends.

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.

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

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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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