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

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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. And it also forces teachers to respond to individual kids’ needs.

Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

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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. Since Chemistry is a subject which builds on itself, I was at first tempted to say no.

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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. 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.

Why Middle Schoolers Thrive in a Self-Paced Classroom

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When we decided that we’d be giving our sixth-grade students control over their own learning this year, our colleagues told us we were crazy. This is especially true for sixth graders, they said, who are managing a challenging transition to middle school and lack independence.

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.

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). But at Memorial Elementary School , one of two elementary schools in New Hampshire’s Sanborn Regional School District , administrators and teachers are given the freedom to experiment with cutting-edge ideas not in spite of district and state guidelines, but because of them.

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to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions.” ” And by “take on,” that means “investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.” ” (It would be pretty great if the DOJ would investigate how legacy admissions and big donations let mediocre white applicants like Donald Trump and Jared Kushner get into Ivy League schools.). These 11 Cases Show How.”