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. This cozy suburb just outside of Boston is home to an idyllic New England downtown and schools that are good enough to draw young families in droves.

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.”

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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.

Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

Turning Learning On Its Head

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.

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. To address this issue, some educators are taking bold measures to help students. TRANSITIONING INTO COMPETENCY EDUCATION.

Persistence Is Not Always Productive: How to Stop Students From Spinning Their Wheels

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As a teacher, I was interested in the content and had a deep desire to impart my knowledge and enthusiasm to my students. I also worked hard to keep my students focused and tended to run my classroom like a tight ship. The goal is not to remove the obstacles from learning.

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. How Students Apply.

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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. MTC’s transcript prototype—still a work in progress—imagines an alternative to traditional evaluations. Now we want to prove it works.

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

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and I was feeling isolated in a room with students who didn’t seem to want to engage with my class, despite all my efforts to bring enthusiasm and passion to my work. The learning environment was tense, my students were angsty and I didn't have the information or strategies to make it better. I wanted to go back to my previous life as a geologist, where everything was quantifiable and the path forward was always revealed through methodical data analysis.

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Moving past summative vs. formative assessments

The Christensen Institute

As competency-based education (CBE) gains momentum in higher education, the market is becoming increasingly crowded with companies and institutions working on competency-based platforms and online approaches to CBE. But assessments are the crux of a competency-based approach. Now I’m going to show you how to do it. But when he tried to install the seat in the car, he couldn’t do it correctly.

Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

From the right to the left, from those who support school choice to those who have sought to protect traditional school districts, from superintendents and principals to the presidents of the two major teachers unions, and from industry leaders to researchers, a diverse group of unlikely bedfellows released on Tuesday a new effort and accompanying report to rethink education in America titled Education Reimagined: A transformational vision for education in the U.S.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. To that end, K12, Inc. LRN MOOC MOOCs online learning virtual learning

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.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Given this reality, many education leaders have rightly made it their priority to recruit high-quality teachers to work with their students, and many of the leading education reform efforts focus on teachers. Department of Education are to get states to implement rigorous teacher evaluation systems and to improve the quality of the nation’s teacher preparation programs. One of the most conclusive findings in education research is that teachers matter.

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. Not to mention effective. Lucie Public Schools has worked tirelessly to add augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology to his CTE classes over the past 12 months. Carbenia’s experience has made him an invaluable source of knowledge when it comes to adding AR and VR to CTE classes.

Charter schools tackle shortcomings of college

The Christensen Institute

Although high school graduation rates have risen in recent years to all-time highs, the nation’s college graduation rate remains far lower than graduates of of our nation’s top colleges might assume. According to the Department of Education , 59 percent of first-time, full-time undergraduate students graduate within six years. have attended some college but have no degree to show for it. But that fall, the network’s leaders decided to make a change.

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

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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?

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences

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But conferences would not make it on my Top Ten Reasons I Like to Teach list. This is how they act in class. This is what they should be doing to improve.” 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. In fact, we should use this technology to our advantage and add more ways that teachers and parents can work together face-to-face in helping every student succeed.

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

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But what has been left unsaid is how our current system of education works systematically against instilling these skills in students, and how we could naturally embed the development of grit in students—in a way that doesn’t talk explicitly about grit—by moving to a competency-based learning system. In today’s system, time is held as a constant and each student’s learning is variable. Or do they just struggle to re-engage?

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.

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.

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. How students apply.

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?Higher Ed Innovators Maze: Where to Go, How to Start, How to Get There

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Higher education innovation” is no different, though instead of flying cars and Mars colonies, what likely comes to mind first are online and competency-based learning platforms, learning management systems, or electronic whiteboards. At the event, questions about how schools approach innovation can be heard on every stage and in every hallway: How do institutions think about innovation? How do they manage it?

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What’s edtech got to do with growth mindset?

Neo LMS

It was the first week of fifth grade and I was so ready to learn History. I had spent the previous summer poring over an Ancient Egypt book so it had to become my favorite subject. Then came the overwhelming sensation that I was not going to be able to pay attention.

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How to Break into Smaller Groups in the Classroom to Focus on Writing

MindShift

Teachers would love to give each student individual attention whenever they need it, but packed classrooms often make that a difficult task. As a result, it’s not uncommon for teachers to move on to new concepts even when some are still struggling to implement the skills that have already been covered. A Teaching Channel video spotlights Geneviève DeBose’s efforts to do a better job supporting diverse learning needs in one large public school classroom.

INTERVIEW: Digital learning trends that are reshaping EdTech

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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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How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

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Teachers and parents want students to be happy and successful. They have the same goals and desire to help students learn better. In addition, students are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking. Edtech tools need to be intuitive and easy to use.

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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.

3 Core aspects of a personalized learning platform

Neo LMS

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. 3 Core aspects of a personalized learning platform. Let’s explore each of these aspects: Learning goals.

Empowering Educators of Refugees as Teachers and Learners

Digital Promise

The efforts I made in those moments—and in all the moments surrounding and contributing to those in-class moments—were largely unseen. Few administrators or colleagues had time to notice, discuss, or debrief with me about the nuances of practice.

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.

Why Mastery Based Learning is a Good Option

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An option several school districts I converse with are trying is called “mastery-based learning” — MBL. Learning is personalized, based on school standards. In fact, in so many ways, it brings common sense back to education.

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.

Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

The Christensen Institute

We wanted to create a place where we didn’t just write nice books that sat on people’s shelves and gathered dust, but a place that created and shaped meaningful dialogues that would produce systematic change. Over the past several years, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to do just that. After having impact, we hoped they would move on at some point to other roles where they could continue to use the theories of disruptive innovation to help transform the world in powerful ways.