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

The CoolCatTeacher

New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. In today’s show, we’ll give you an overview of competency-based learning including some of the benefits and the problems.

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.

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

Edsurge

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.” This worked nicely for my students, who felt like I was carefully attending to their learning pace and providing them with targeted learning materials.

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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. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing. I had effectively created the conditions necessary for my students to self-advocate, which, as I would later learn, meant parent-teacher conferences would be less of a performance review.

Sal Khan: Test Prep Is ‘the Last Thing We Want to Be’

Edsurge

You know, 500 years ago, that is the way that people learned. So I’ve been preaching that wholesale mastery learning isn’t realistic because you have to really think about your grade system. And then it goes into the kind of mastery learning framework of Khan Academy.

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

Edsurge

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. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand. Khan Academy videos coupled with IXL exercises aligned to standards we were learning in class.

Looking to Ditch Traditional Grades? Here’s How to Get Stakeholders On Board

Edsurge

For Scott Looney, there’d be no hesitating: He would have every school switch from traditional grading to competency-based evaluations. Rather than a traditional GPA, the group imagines a credit-based transcript , with links to artifacts that demonstrate students’ mastery across different competencies. Whether they call it competency-, mastery-, or standards-based grading, the movement aims to improve students outcomes sans As, Bs, and Cs.

Do Students, Principals and Superintendents See Eye-to-Eye on Eliminating Grade Levels?

Edsurge

McComb School District down in McComb, Mississippi doesn’t just believe in the power of technology when it comes to personalized learning. In fact, for superintendent Dr. Cederick Ellis and Summit Elementary School principal Lakya Taylor-Washington, the bigger asset in going personalized comes down to removing arbitrary grade level assignments and creating “learning labs,” a style of competency-based learning that Summit has been experimenting with since 2015.

Top Summer PD Opportunities

Wisewire

There is a heavy focus on the importance of students learning how to learn and how to lead. Multiple guess questions are becoming a thing of the past, as we educators seek to challenge students to apply what they’re learning instead of simply memorizing and regurgitating it.

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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.

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.

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).

What’s the Difference Between Project- and Challenge-Based Learning, Anyway?

Edsurge

For many, competency-based learning might have been the first thing to pop in their heads. But others might have considered challenge-based, community-based or even case-based learning. The fact that three letters can mean so many different things raises an obvious question: Have we reached peak “basedlearning? Cator’s organization has tried to brand CBL as challenge-based learning.)

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

eSchool News

As the public education system evolves toward supporting students’ personalized needs, online learning tools have emerged that allow teachers to customize instruction. Every student is unique and learns differently. Digital Learning and Tools News Online Learning Top News

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

The Hechinger 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. Today, Juarez is ranked 49th out of 658 Illinois public high schools based on test scores and college readiness.

A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn

The Hechinger Report

The only goal is to learn the material, sooner or later. They get frequent updates on which skills they’ve learned and which ones they need to acquire. Mastery-based learning, also known as proficiency-based or competency-based learning, is taking hold across the country.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.