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Why a high-performing district is changing everything with competency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Avery Bencal is a fourth grader at Winthrop Elementary School in Melrose, Massachusetts. Her teacher has embraced competency-based learning, which asks students to take more control in the classroom. Related: Inside Maine’s disastrous rollout of proficiency-based learning.

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.” D2L's Resources for Teaching and Learning.

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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.

3 Core aspects of a personalized learning platform

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The availability of AI technologies, machine learning, robotics and so on is happening much faster than people might expect. Educational institutions need to keep up. No matter if we’re talking about kindergartens, elementary schools, high schools or colleges and universities, the need for a learning platform that offers personalized learning experiences for each student is all too real. But with the help of educational technologies, things change.

Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

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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. Roots Elementary School in Denver, Colo. EdSurge is on the road.

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

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The term “grades” has become almost taboo among some educators in New Hampshire, where seven elementary schools are slowly ditching the word altogether through a program known as. 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. NG2] tackles long-standing educational barriers to personalized learning.

It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education

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It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education. by Michael Horn , Executive Director of Education at Innosight Institute and co-author of Disrupting Class. In March, Tom Loveless, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, took an outdated swipe at the logic behind moving toward a student-centered learning system. Each child has different learning needs at different times. Some students learn quickly. Others learn more slowly.

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

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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.

Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

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Separate from its Playbook that helps define a vision, Education Elements , a consulting firm, helps schools and districts design next-generation teaching and learning models. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools. They have a Personalized Learning Implementation Framework that guides users through 25 key areas of personalized learning.

K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Are you a K-12 educator or administrator? Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! And, we’ll highlight the best examples from across the country on our website for others to learn from. So, do you think you have a pilot approach others could learn from?

Beyond a label: Digging into innovation in charter and traditional district schools

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The project uncovered a set of schools, many of which have not received widespread recognition, and revealed the practices these schools are adopting in pursuit of student-centered learning. Charter schools often receive much of the spotlight when it comes to education innovation and reform.

Not Just Buzzwords: How Teachers Bring Big Ideas, Innovative Practices to Life

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As edtech buzzwords new and old swirl , it is easy for educators to get lost among the fads du jour, much less apply the principles behind lofty ideas to make meaningful progress for students. In my visits to elementary, middle, and high schools around the country this past academic year, here are five tips I took away for how educators can get beyond the buzz to implementation. Education Technology School Models Learning Strategies

The Value of Googleable Questions?

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Educational technology was not even a strong game at that point. What does this mean to education? With educational technology comes faster access to information and opinions. Now that educators are seeing the value of students having authentic audiences, we are suggesting to students to create an online presence of their learning. When is it ok to use technology for learning and when is it not? When do we, as educators, ask easily Googleable questions?

What a blended learning classroom really looks like: An urban teacher’s reboot

The Hechinger Report

Related: How one educator broke rules, influenced a state law, and got all of his students to graduation. Education is the only market that forces its consumer to consume a product without justification of its benefit or variety in choice.”. The need for freedom in choice and personalization of service are fundamental truths many of us value and appreciate. In the field of education, however, this practice has been overlooked and undervalued. Brandon Johnson.

Hack Education Weekly News

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(National) Education Politics. ” More via Buzzfeed and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “What You Need to Know About Race-Conscious Admissions in 2017.” ” Politico reports that the Department of Education has reached a deal with the US Marshals Service to continue providing protection for Betsy DeVos. In the past, Secretaries of Education have just used the department’s own force.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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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. BLACKBOARD ALLY ( www.blackboard.com ) Blackboard announced that Blackboard Ally is now available for multiple learning management systems used by K-12 school districts. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.