In search of on-ramps to competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

As more and more school systems across the country explore “going competency-based,” we need to be attentive to the processes that will actually allow such innovations to thrive. Current time- and age-based accountability measures have a stronghold on schools, even those trying to break away from the factory model of education. As a result, we would predict that time-based metrics and incentives could cannibalize many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner.

Regulatory noise stifles, slows rise of competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, Inside Higher Ed reported on how the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General is stymying the rise of competency-based learning in higher education—and is at odds with the rest of the Department, which has been enthusiastic about competency-based learning’s potential. For online, competency-based programs, the old metrics are those focused on inputs. This post was first published on CompetencyWorks.

?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's just such a wonderful way to ease students along the learning process. Education Technology Competency-Based Learning Learning Strategies

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.

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.” Portfolios also highlight learning’s natural progression.

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.

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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Government accountability goes unaccountable: Chilling WGU’s innovation engine

The Christensen Institute

The report said the University should repay Uncle Sam over $700 million. Even if Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education ignore the audit’s recommendations—as they should—and allow WGU to continue to access federal aid, the report is not an innocent exercise in government oversight. governors, WGU is an online institution that uses a competency-based model.

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.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

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This competency-based system made sense; if students were chronically absent, holding them accountable to a pacing calendar would prove futile. Abbas Manjee's standards-based Algebra 1 scope and sequence. At the time, I had no idea this system was called “standards-based grading.” This worked nicely for my students, who felt like I was carefully attending to their learning pace and providing them with targeted learning materials.

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10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning

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10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning. 10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning ” by Chris Sturgis was originally published on CompetencyWorks. Here are GSP’s 10 principles of proficiency-based learning. 10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning.

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]

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. Talk about what's being learned, not what's missing.

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

Edsurge

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. In my role as the Chief Culture Officer at Valor Collegiate Academy , I’ve been wrestling lately with how to quantify, develop, and measure competencies like vulnerability in children (and adults) so that experiences like Jamal’s can become the rule rather than the exception.

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.

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

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Enter competency-based learning (CBE), a term introduced in the 1970s when the U.S. This is the standard definition of competency-based education that most educators, policymakers and researchers largely agree with: a system in which students progress based on their demonstration of mastery of a certain concept or skill. In practice, competency-based education resembles the thousand-flower garden. Disruptive innovation.

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

Edsurge

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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6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences

Edsurge

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.

5 things to help move us closer to competency-based education

eSchool News

Despite educators’ genuine enthusiasm, competency-based education may be slow to spread to U.S. schools due to sizable barriers, according to a report published Oct. The report was commissioned by XQ. So, why move to a competency-based model?

Preparing Students For A Modern Economy

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Doing some reading (and listening) on competency-based education recently, I was both intrigued and concerned. It was during a panel discussion on Competency Based Learning, where he explained the research for the prioritized competencies began with “federal skills databases.”

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.

Why Continuing Education Programs Are Poised to Become Hubs of Innovation

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Because of their mission and relative autonomy on university campuses, continuing education programs—in the form of extension schools and schools of continuing and professional education—are well-positioned to experiment with different student-centered learning models, create innovative programs that generate new revenue streams, and build bridges with industry partners. MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today.

We Know SEL Skills Are Important, So How the Heck Do We Measure Them?

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SEL and MESH competencies. Whatever you call them, a growing body of research suggests these non-academic, social-emotional competencies deserve our attention. Studies have linked social-emotional learning (SEL) programs with improved focus, stronger relationships, lower anxiety and higher test scores. Even American political parties, at-odds about everything, agree SEL competencies play a vital role in the economic success of today’s students. Soft skills.

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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.

New Report Sheds Light on Higher Ed’s Innovation Challenges

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A new report surveying academic administrators released Wednesday by the Online Learning Consortium and Learning House sheds some insight on innovation challenges at higher education institutions. Among the report’s findings are that 91 percent of the administrators responding to the survey said that innovation “is stated as a priority in either their strategic or academic plans, or both documents.” Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

Learning Impact Conference Report: How Can We Create More Seamless Digital Ecosystems?

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At the IMS Global Learning Impact conference this week (#LILI2018), there were dozens of sessions covering the many ways interoperability is helping data play well together to create more user-friendly digital ecosystems.

The PROs and CONs of competency-based education

Neo LMS

In a previous post I talked about competency-based learning and how this might be the ultimate approach to education. Students attend courses, do assignments, get credits and eventually graduate based on what they know, not on how much time it took them to gain that knowledge.

Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

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.

Personalize with Purpose: Meeting Learners Where They Are

Digital Promise

At its heart, personalized learning requires profound shifts in our thinking about education and schooling.” Personalized learning is not a new concept. The burgeoning field of learning sciences research that addresses learner variability 4 ; and.

Maximizing the Momentum of Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As the number of districts and states adopting micro-credentials into their professional learning strategy continues to grow, it is critical that stakeholders step back to take a pulse of the ecosystem. This report, co-authored by Digital Promise and the Center for Teaching Quality, explores the current K-12 micro-credential landscape to uncover insights and opportunities to help grow the effectiveness of micro-credentials in supporting educator and student learning.

7 must-knows from blended learning’s early adopters

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. 2 Go Slow to Go Fast When Implementing Competency-Based Models.

What Happens When Students Work at Their Own Pace

Digital Promise

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.

50 practitioners showcase noteworthy blended-learning tactics

The Christensen Institute

Blended and personalized learning practices are often in flux in classrooms, schools, and districts. Practitioners aren’t just trying to learn the latest from peers, but to share and develop the tactics that can make learning more student-centered and equitable. Enter our annual Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Developing competency-based learning models over time and trials.

Disruptive innovations in higher ed emerging from outside mainstream

The Christensen Institute

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.

What does it take to make an innovative school?

The Hechinger Report

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.

Learn how these model districts implemented personalized learning

eSchool News

Personalized learning, competency-based learning and dynamic organizational design have shown promising results in school districts across the nation, according to a new report from Education Elements.

How micro-credentials could have a chance

eSchool News

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.

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

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).

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

The Hechinger Report

The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year.

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.