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. The reform model is known by several different names, including proficiency-based education. Related: How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning.

?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.

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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.

What to Look Forward to at the iNACOL 2019 Symposium

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The post What to Look Forward to at the iNACOL 2019 Symposium appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. EdTech attending edtech conferences Competency-based learning conference iNACOL iNACOL 2019 Symposium Professional Development top edtech conferences top edtech conferences in 2019

How to Bring ‘Mastery Learning’ to the Classroom

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One of the most popular topics these days in education is mastery learning—the idea that the pace of a class should match what each student is ready to learn, as a way to ensure they’re really grasping material. The students had access to all of the learning components in the videos.

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. But now, they’re really responsible for every bit of what they need to learn in their grade level.”

Glancing Ahead at the iNACOL Symposium 2018: What We’re Looking Forward to!

Where Learning Clicks

The iNACOL Symposium 2018 is premiering some new and exciting changes, so check out what we’re excited to see and learn in Nashville! appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

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.

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

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At the 2019 National Charter Schools Conference this month in Las Vegas, EdSurge sat down with Khan to discuss his vision for reinventing schools, the focus on testing and what he thinks about the recent stumbles of AltSchool, a nearby network of tech-driven independent schools.

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

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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. I came away from the institute eager to try inquiry-based instruction in my class during the 2015-16 school year. If it’s unreasonable, we have a quick conference to sort it out.

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How AR and VR Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future (and Save Districts Money)

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Her class is learning about muscles, but instead of watching a video or reading about it in a book, she can move a virtual arm and see an exposed bicep muscle contract. EdSurge chatted with Carbenia, who shared tips on selecting, implementing and funding the technology—along with a deeply relevant lesson he learned from his family. EdSurge: How have AR and VR impacted students and learning in your district? Funding sources for zSpace learning labs.

The Risks and Rewards of Getting Rid of Grade Levels

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Back then, the Chinese language program at Latin had begun piloting a proficiency-based model, which is structured differently from a traditional grade-based model. The proficiency-based model is closely related to competency-based learning, where students are grouped with those who are closest to their language abilities, regardless of age or seat time. It’s OK, as long as you learned from this.” “But, Ms. Wang, why am I in this class?”

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

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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.

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. Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system.

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

Edsurge

This past week, we traveled to the Golden, Colorado to attend the Conference of Online and Blended Learning (COBL), put on by the iLearn Collaborative. There we got the chance to learn what was on the hearts and minds of educators—some who are just beginning their personalized learning journey and others grappling with new challenges that have emerged from years of implementation. is a seasoned pro at implementing personalized and competency-based models.

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. TL Advisor Blog Conference Interoperability

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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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.

7 must-knows from blended learning’s early adopters

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. 2 Go Slow to Go Fast When Implementing Competency-Based Models.

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 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.

Two ingredients for student-centered learning: a flexible environment and caring adults

The Christensen Institute

At schools using flexible, blended, mastery-based learning approaches, an anchoring relationship plays an indispensable role in keeping students engaged and on track in their education. Create “downtime” that fosters social-emotional learning.

8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

Structure: Membership-based. The organisation’s primary activities include hosting key learning events, chief among them the annual ISTE conference and expo , producing professional development resources and a number of annual publications. Structure: Research-based Foundation.

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. Join us for next year’s conference in Providence!

The silver lining of Computer Science teacher shortages

The Christensen Institute

These days it seems that everyone wants to learn computer science. Over 90% of parents want their child to learn CS. In my own experience, I know that as a short-term solution, teachers of other subjects are attending summer professional development workshops to learn the basics of teaching CS. Code.org claims to have trained 72,000 teachers through their professional learning programs over the past few years. Rethinking teaching and learning.

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.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format.

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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. We hope to share some of these examples at the SXSW and SXSW EDU conferences in March 2018 – but first, we need your help. Anyone can vote for a proposed panel through SXSW’s PanelPicker process, whether you plan to attend the conference or not, once you create a free PanelPicker account.

Project-Based Learning Is Just the Beginning

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In addition, we are one of 10 high school districts in Illinois that has started to move to competency-based learning. We started by marrying the traditional, content-driven course work with performance-based assessment.

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. The change that I’ve seen in parent-teacher conferences has been amazing,” he said.

Implementing an Effective Learner-Centered Approach

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and Symon Hayes of Altitude Learning explained how using a learner-centered process prepares administrators and teachers to implement the same approach with their students. Application to Professional Learning. This edWeb webinar was sponsored by Altitude Learning.

To Connect Classes to Careers, Consider Erasing Grade Levels

Edsurge

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. For us, it starts by marrying the traditional, content-driven coursework with performance-based assessment.

What a summer prototype taught us about measuring quality in an unbundled education system

The Christensen Institute

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.

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Brent Johnson: My student’s views on learning and teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Brent Johnson: My student’s views on learning and teaching. I’ve competed in district last fall.