?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 helps that I understand what this could look like for any teacher, and any group of students.

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

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Her teacher has embraced competency-based learning, which asks students to take more control in the classroom. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report. The reform model is known by several different names, including proficiency-based education.

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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.

Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

Turning Learning On Its Head

In 2011, a group of educators met at the Competency Based Learning Summit. Read the Executive Summary HERE and the full report HERE ). During that Summit, the leaders identified five key tenets of Competency Based Learning (CBL): Students advance upon mastery.

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. In any configuration, the setup and preparation take time, but educators report that the effort is worthwhile.

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.

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

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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. Mary Earick, project director for NG2, says the purpose of the program is to create more flexible learning pathways for students through “competency-based multiage schooling,” which allows students to move on to new objectives only after mastering others. “[NG2]

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

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Based on my years of experience as a child therapist—helping young people build stronger, sturdier, more purposeful and hopeful lives—I would define what Jamal brought to the room as. He was demonstrating great courage (another word for vulnerability) by standing in his truth and bringing it into the group. I believe this same approach is essential to embedding social and emotional learning (SEL) into the broader school context.

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences

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And it lacks the enthusiasm—as well as the desire to help kids own and engage in their learning—that defines us as innovative educators. With transformative digital changes happening in classrooms today, basic learning management systems now deliver the answers to most of those well worn questions on parent portals. Conferences are not for reporting test scores. Give parents resources that will help them support the process of learning and motivation.

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.

How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project-Based Learning

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Let’s think about it through the lens of project-based learning. This group of girls looked at the characters and based their talk show on the plot of the story. Artwork based on a scene of the story. Radio Show/News Report.

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Why personalized learning is hard to study

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This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

What Happens When Students Work at Their Own Pace

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We hear a lot about the need for students to “learn at their own pace.” Only New Hampshire and Maine have enacted statewide laws to move away from the Carnegie unit, the measure that awards academic credit based on time spent in class. Lessons learned.

How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

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They have the same goals and desire to help students learn better. In other words, learning can flourish when teachers and parents agree to work together as a team. Schools have been using edtech for many years now as a way of improving the learning process.

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What does it take to make an innovative school?

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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.

Disruptive innovations in higher ed emerging from outside mainstream

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In education, online learning is the first disruptive innovation since the advent of the printing press. Combined with competency-based learning—in which students progress upon true mastery of their learning, not because of an arbitrary time-based measure— there is a big opportunity to transform our higher education system into a more affordable, student-centered one that is able to serve many more students.

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

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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. Two teachers and a small group of students meet to kick off the morning.

How micro-credentials could have a chance

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The study, from nonprofit ed-tech advocacy group Digital Promise and consulting firm Grunwald Associates, takes a detailed look at how teachers say they feel about professional development and competency-based micro-credentials.

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Chinese Edtech Sees $1.86B in Q1 2019, Bucking Plummeting Venture Trend

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billion (RMB 241 billion) in contrast to a year earlier, according to a recent report by the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology. In the language-learning market, Dada raised $255 million in its Series D round.

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The Professional Development Problem

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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).

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’re also working to report on students’ mastery of skills with progress levels, rather than a traditional report card at the end of each semester.

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

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WHAT: Piedmont Middle School is seeking to pilot digital learning programs that support competency-based learning in science and social studies. Web-based preferred. Ability to create individualized learning paths from objective-based tests made by the teacher.

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Identifying the Top Four Challenges in K-12 Education

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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.

What Public School Teachers Want: Less Disruption

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Since the Reagan administration’s Nation at Risk, an alarmist and misleading report that has since been discredited , there has been a bipartisan attempt to break open the education “market” and put public school dollars into private pockets. Education Technology Teaching & Learning

Personalized Learning “Twister”: A Future of Learning Live Demo in Dallas

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If you ask a dozen educators to define personalized learning, you’ll no doubt get some enthusiastic answers, and all twelve will probably be different. The new-school answer to the definition of personalized learning is markedly different. By Charles Sosnik.

To Connect Classes to Careers, Consider Erasing Grade Levels

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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. We’re also working to report on students’ mastery of skills with progress levels, rather than a traditional report card at the end of each semester.

Why schools are shifting to blended learning in Brazil

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For the past few years at the Institute, we’ve heard stories about Brazilian teachers trying out blended learning. To explore these trends more deeply, we published our first international blended-learning research paper in November, Blended Beyond Borders , in partnership with the WISE Initiative. Seven of these schools are practicing blended learning based on our definition. Blended learning can give students more options. Leia em português.

‘There’s No Such Thing as Average’: Todd Rose on Brain Science and the Limitations of Standards

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Why there’s no such thing as an average person Up until 2002, Rose reports that brain scientists believed that in brain imaging—the use of various techniques to directly or indirectly image brain structure—there was such a thing as an “average brain.” We each have unique ways that our brains retrieve information and create memory,” Rose reported. "We In the display, the student performs lowest out of the group when timed, and highest when taken at his/her own pace.

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. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

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We’re hoping you don’t see the report as something you read once and file away, but that you start using it to really start stimulating conversation.”. NMC/CoSN Horizons Report: K-12 Edition). Teachers are becoming more comfortable with this idea of “blending learning.”.

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

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Photo: Amadou Diallo/The Hechinger Report. Special 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. A student who got an A was assumed to have learned something.

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

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Many people want to know how what blended learning and the personalization of student learning are and how they look in implementation. In a personalized learning environment, student needs drive the design of the learning. Subscribe to our Blended Learning newsletter.

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

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Senior Remi Savard is part of the last class at Montpelier High School that experienced the system before the school’s switch to a proficiency-based model. “It’s Michael Dougherty for The Hechinger Report. Remi Savard is one of the last students at Montpelier High School who remembers what class was like before the school switched to a proficiency-based model three years ago. “If Nellie Mae is among the many funders of The Hechinger Report.).

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

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The only goal is to learn the material, sooner or later. But, in general, students work at their own pace through worksheets, online lessons and small-group discussions with teachers. They get frequent updates on which skills they’ve learned and which ones they need to acquire.