What’s New in Competency-Based Education
- Mastery Assessment Week starts August 27 – 31. Share your resources and ideas at #masteryweek.
- iNACOL/ComptencyWorks is sponsoring a webinar Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education is coming up soon. Join Maria Worthen for a lively discussion about the the type of system we need to support competency-based education on August 28 at 2-3 ET. (register here)
Transforming Learning Collaborative is holding a conference October 4-5 in El Segundo CA. There is also an opportunity to join a Transforming Learning Incubator for longer term professional learning.
Listening to the Voices of Students and Teachers
Education Reimagined has published several pieces in which students share their experience in learner-centered classrooms. We should do more of this to capture the experience of students as they move from traditional approaches to personalized, competency-based ones.
We can learn a lot by listening to teachers’ experiences as well.
In From Compliance to Engagement to Agency a Spanish teacher shares her experience in creating a personalized classroom.
LEAP Innovations has produced a video, Building the Future of Education, Together, of school leaders and teachers talking about their experience in transforming their schools.
- ExcelinEd released Transitioning to Student-Centered Learning: Higher Education Requirements Policy Brief
- KnowledgeWorks offers downloadable posters on growth mindset and has developed a toolkit for facilitators on Building Support for Student-Centered Learning: A Toolkit for Exploring the Future
A new study was released regarding the importance of the growth mindset for high schoolers in Reducing the ‘Toxic Stress’ of High Schoolers
NGLC offers overviews of a number of key issues including social capital and students as co-creators of learning.
Journeys to Personalized Learning produced by FSG looks at three districts (all highlighted at CompetencyWorks: Henry County; District 51 and CICS West Belden.
Christensen Institute has developed a market map of ed tech that connects students to adults.
Great summary by Getting Smart: The Research Base for Formative Assessment
Districts and Schools in the News
NGLC highlighted Building 21 (or read similar article at Ed Week). Also see co-founder Chip Linehan’s piece Building 21: Designing a Network for Competency-Based Education.
Ed Surge takesa look at West Belden in Distinctively Equitable
KnowledgeWorks highlighted District 51’s R5 and Kenowa Hills.
Influence, Achievement and Celebrations
A retired educator took the time to reflect on D51’s achievements. It’s a practice we should all do at least once a year.
From the States
- Dougherty County Schools is one of 10 districts participating in an initiative to pilot new systems of assessment in Georgia.
- The Kentucky Department of Education is working on better aligning high school graduation requirements with the concept of college and career readiness.
- NGLC is sponsoring school visits for district and schools in Massachusetts. They will be visiting Colorado, San Diego, and Portland, Maine in 2018–19 to learn about personalized, competency-based learning with support from the Barr Foundation. Applications will be accepted through September 7, 2018.
- The Office of Personalized Learning of the South Carolina Department of Education is revisiting how professional development is delivered with teacher inquiry labs.
Around the Web
Boston Day and Evening is highlighted in Social and Emotional Learning: What We Can Learn from Alternative Schools by Betsy Brand
Michael Horn challenges the need for gifted and talented programs in personalized schools in his article Let’s retire the ‘gifted-and-talented’ label.
New Schools Venture Fund released an issue brief Embracing and Measuring an Expanded Definition of Student Success.
All4Ed released the report Science of Adolescent Learning.
Ed Surge’s article on Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ from Metaphor to Reality outlines a set of steps to creating a system designed around competencies.