What’s New in K-12 Competency Education?
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- iNACOL and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology partnered to write a thought leadership piece on creating the conditions for an equitable education system by providing transformative personalized learning opportunities to students.
- What does it mean for students to own their learning? Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey developed a continuum of ownership grounded on compliance, understanding, investment and autonomy.
- Tom Vander Ark notes 7 traits of a learner-centered teacher, including acting as facilitators and providing anytime, anywhere, on-demand support.
- Engaging the community is vital when transitioning to competency education. Life Legeros shares 4 lessons learned in facilitating community conversations about education.
School and Program Updates
- A recent trend emerged around student-led parent-teacher conferences. Explore how New Hampshire’s Pittsfield Middle High School is implementing this new strategy.
- High-quality, immersive arts education based on mastery plays an integral role in positive youth development and gives every student a chance to learn and grow through the arts. Learn more from the Cleveland Foundation.
- Henry County’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program is about making students think more and learn more through doing. Learn more about their competency-based CTAE program.
- Idaho’s Kuna Middle School is implementing mastery-based learning, focusing on learning, reaching students where they are, and providing transparency to students on what they’re expected to know and be able to do.
Update from New England
- Maine’s Kittery School District is progressing with curriculum changes, with the current sophomore class to receive the district’s first proficiency-based diplomas in 2018.
- Mount Anthony Union High School’s (MAUHS) School-to-Work program is a strong place-based, proficiency-based program. Explore other ways MAUHS is redesigning education for its students to meet 21st century needs.
Education Policy Resources
- Robert Rothman and Scott F. Marion released The next generation of state assessment and accountability, an important piece to help states and districts seize opportunities made available under ESSA.
- As part of iNACOL’s Promising Policies blog series, Dale Frost wrote about moving from seat-time to competency-based credits in state policy to ensure all students develop mastery.
- The Learning Policy Institute and SCOPE co-released Pathways to New Accountability Through the Every Student Succeeds Act, which provides critical information about the requirements and opportunities under the new federal K-12 education law. Drawing on cities, states and other countries, the authors offer alternative approaches to developing, presenting and using a multiple-measure accountability system.
Other News & Resources
- The Nellie Mae Education Foundation released Student-Centered Learning Opportunities for Adolescent English Learners in Flipped Classrooms, which examines how flipped learning can be utilized to improve language and content acquisition in adolescent English language learners.
- Nellie Mae also released A Qualitative Study of Student-Centered Learning Practices in New England High Schools, a comprehensive analysis of student-centered approaches in 12 schools across the region.
- College & Career Readiness & Success Center at AIR released State Policies to Support Competency-Based Education for Overage, Under-Credited Students, which discusses how CBE can support OA/UC students and provide recommendations for how other states can develop and implement CBE policies.
- When teachers feel that their job responsibilities are increasing to unmanageable levels, we wonder whether the self-directed learning practices and personalized classroom management practices have been put into place so that students are taking more responsibility for their learning?
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