Distinctly Equitable: How This Chicago School Makes Competency-Based Learning Work

Edsurge

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. Allowing students to move on when they’re ready—or revisit something when they need support—is giving everyone a fair chance at being successful.”. In this model, students learn at their level and move on to concepts when they have demonstrated mastery.

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. I had the chance to catch up with Chris Hedrick, the CEO of Kepler, and hear about his work on education to employment in Africa.

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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. But if I’m being transparent, I have to confess I didn’t intentionally structure them that way.

3 Tips for Developing and Assessing Soft Skills: First, Take Off Your Emotional Armor

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Most were wiggling their fingers at him like crazy—at our schools that’s a way to silently send love or support—and connection was palpable. What, exactly, was he bringing into the room and how was he doing it? 11-year-old boys in middle school aren't often encouraged to be so vulnerable and are often socially punished for doing so. I'm relatively new to the mainstream public school sector. Social and emotional competencies emerge in the context of relationships.

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

Edsurge

Powerful ideas that seem simple in print quickly take on new, and potentially divergent, meanings as they are applied to policy and practice. Some terms, including “open,” get appended to specific use cases. Enter competency-based learning (CBE), a term introduced in the 1970s when the U.S. Department of Education issued grants to support CBE programs, focused on helping adult learners, at postsecondary institutions. How effective are policy levers?

Shifting My Teacher Mindset with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

It’s incredible to look back at where I started as a new teacher and see how much my pedagogy and practice have changed since then. One of the biggest reasons for my growth as an educator has been competency-based learning. Personally, this required some hard change on my part because as a recovering perfectionist, it was really difficult for me to admit I’m not always right, or perfect, or anything else that a fixed mindset reiterates.

INTERVIEW: Digital learning trends that are reshaping EdTech

Neo LMS

Graham Glass, CEO of CYPHER LEARNING, participated to a live event for Digital Learning Day 2019. The event was hosted by Phill Bevan, Community Advisor at VETR , a digital learning community for the Australian vocational education and training sector. Want to learn more?

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Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

For a variety of reasons, the buzz phrases also come to take on new meanings that were never intended originally, which makes it hard for educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to communicate clearly and hone in on what exactly they are trying to do and why. Deeper learning.

K–12 Departments Work Collaboratively to Support New Pedagogies

EdTech Magazine

K–12 Departments Work Collaboratively to Support New Pedagogies. Engaging students and personalizing instruction with technology requires IT and instructional experts to work effectively , together, outside of their traditional silos. How do you get that done?

Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

Digital Promise

Last month, Johnson joined a handful of educators from the League of Innovative Schools on a tour of three public school districts in New Hampshire, a leader in competency-based education. When I landed in New Hampshire, I was eager to see competency-based education in action at the secondary level. I leaned down to ask a student what he was working on and he excitedly explained to me that he was planning a party for his teacher using the website Partycity.com.

Disruptive innovations in higher ed emerging from outside mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Yesterday I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to explore the barriers to and opportunities for innovation. They tend to be simpler than existing services, so the elite and the sector’s leading organizations tend to dismiss them. In education, online learning is the first disruptive innovation since the advent of the printing press.

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

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For a variety of reasons, the buzz phrases also come to take on new meanings that were never intended originally, which makes it hard for educators, entrepreneurs and researchers to communicate clearly and hone in on what exactly they are trying to do and why. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. What is personalized learning? That’s tougher to say. Instead, I increasingly think of “personaliz ing learning” as a verb.

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. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

The next-gen high school to watch

The Christensen Institute

Last month, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) in New Hampshire launched a new set of pathways for students. These allow students to move through learning at a more flexible pace, on an as-needed basis. How do you square that with your business model?

How 2Revolutions is Helping Schools, Districts, and States Support Future of Learning Models

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There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. They created 2Rev as an education design lab—a place where designs for innovative learning models could be developed and tested.

Why Flipped Learning Is Still Going Strong 10 Years Later

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It was the early days of YouTube (then two-years old), and it was getting cheap and easy to make and post videos, so the two teachers—Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams—proposed shifting lectures to videos students would watch at home, and asking students to come to class prepared to problem solve with their peers. It became know as the flipped classroom—a modern, video-based version of a model pioneered by a handful of higher ed professors during the 1990s.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. They want to choose a school.