New Innovation Spotlight Episode – Adopting and Applying a Futures-Thinking Mindset in Education
Over the next several weeks, we’ll share some of the most thought-provoking and engaging conversations recorded at our annual symposium. One of the most riveting discussions was with Jason Swanson, director of strategic foresight at KnowledgeWorks. He offered an insider's view of futurist thinking and how it informs systems change in education. Listen to this.
Join Susan Patrick and Eliot Levine for the Aurora Institute Meet Up at SXSW EDUHeaded to SXSW EDU? Save March 11, 2020, for the Aurora Institute Meet Up. President & CEO Susan Patrick and Research Director Eliot Levine will lead a conversation on "Going Deeper with Personalized, Competency-Based Education." The meet up will take place at 2 pm in the Austin Suite of the Austin Convention Center. Mark your calendars.
|From the Education Domain Blog
Shawn Rubin on Innovative Educator Prep and Stakeholder VoiceIn a recent conversation, Shawn Rubin, our 2017 Innovator Award recipient and chief education officer at the Highlander Institute, shared details of an innovative educator prep model and talked about what’s missing from the conversation about the shift toward student-centered learning. Listen.
Bringing Critical Design Pillars into PracticeDr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative challenges schools to rethink student success, incorporating mental health and well-being as important components. In this excerpt of her symposium keynote, she shares three core pillars of designing such a system: skill development, relationships, and environment. Watch.
A Strategic Reflection on the Field of Competency-Based EducationSchool systems across the United States are realizing the promise of competency-based education – transforming the culture and structure of the traditional time-based system into one that is designed to help every student succeed. In a recent webinar, Aurora Institute President and CEO Susan Patrick and Research Director Eliot Levine reflected on the current state of competency-based education. Watch the webinar to gain an understanding of developments happening across the field, explore areas of growth, and identify emerging issues that will inform the future direction of competency-based education.
Plugged In Headlines: News About Education Transformation
Personalized Education Aims to Break Restraints of Traditional Classroom
Kim Archer, Tulsa World Magazine
No More As and Fs? Teachers Experiment With 'Standards-Based' Grading
Elena Kadvany, Palo Alto Weekly
Report: States Enacted More Than 200 CTE Policies in 2019
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive
Education in 2020 State of the States Addresses
How Do We Move from Tweaking Education to Transforming It?
Kelly Young, Medium
Survey: 75% of Teen Feelings about High School Are Negative
Fred Mamoun-Yale, Futurity
Q&A — Three Minutes With CZI’s Brooke Stafford-Brizard: What the Schools Best at Supporting the Whole Child Have in Common
Greg Richmond, The 74
EIU Partners With CUSD-1 To Focus On Competency-Based Education
Why Preparing Students for the World Of Work Is So Hard
Alyson Klein, Education Week
I Asked My Students to Tackle a Problem. Their Solution Taught Me a Lot about Culturally Responsive Teaching.
David Mumper, Chalkbeat
A Black School Leader Confronts Privilege and Power
Jamel Adkins-Sharif, ASCD Express
Why Focusing On Adult Learning Builds A School Culture Where Students Thrive
Katrina Schwartz, EKQED MindShift
Four States Receive Flexibility under ESSA Waiver Program
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive
Here’s Why This Principal Started A School Turnaround With SEL
Belinda Vasquez, eSchoolNews
Educators Using 2019 Diversity Report to Show Districts How They Can Better Support Teachers of Color
Bekah McNeel, The 74
Aurora Institute in the News
Now Is the Time to Modernize Wyoming’s Education System
Wyoming is currently the only state without policies in education that allow for competency-based education, as identified by the Aurora Institute, a national education research organization. Read More
Rebrand Update: Our Staff Email Addresses Have ChangedNow that we have become the Aurora Institute, our email addresses have changed. To make sure your email gets through, replace "inacol.org" with "aurora-institute.org" when sending messages to our team members. Please update your address books, and contact our communications team if you have any questions.
CompetencyWorks Web Content Is TransitioningCompetencyWorks is an initiative of the Aurora Institute. It has maintained a separate website since its founding but will be integrated under our new brand. When the new Aurora Institute website goes live this spring, CompetencyWorks.org will become part of it. All CompetencyWorks blog posts and reports will be available in the new location. More information will be provided when the new site is launched.
|News, Resources, & Opportunities from around the Field
|New Resource Highlights Micro-credential Policies Across States
|Digital Promise, in partnership with the National Education Association and the Center for Teaching Quality, has produced a resource on the growing momentum around micro-credentials. The interactive Micro-credential Policy Map lets you explore micro-credential policies and implementation stories across the nation. Explore.
|New KnowledgeWorks Fellowship Opportunity
|For six months, the KnowledgeWorks Personalized Learning Community Fellowship will bring together instructional leaders from multiple states to co-design a peer-to-peer learning community for instructional coaches, building leaders, teacher leaders and educators working to scale personalized, competency-based learning. Learn more.
|Teachers Are Invited to Join the KQED Youth Media Challenge on the 2020 Election
Middle and high school educators across the country are empowering students to share their take on issues that matter to them. Learn how your students can create and publish audio or video commentaries for a national audience. The Election 2020 media challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Students will choose an election-related issue that matters to them and produce evidence-based commentary while practicing critical 21st-century skills. Learn more.
|New Resource on Grading and Reporting for Educational Equity from Great Schools Partnerships
|This guide highlights the central practices that schools can use to ensure their grading and reporting systems help them build a nurturing, equitable, creative, and dynamic culture of learning. It was produced after three years of study, school visits, correspondence, and interviews. It responds to the needs of schools to establish a growth mindset and to put effort behind conversations around diversity and implicit bias. It establishes core tenets for grading and reporting and offers examples of each principle in action. Download.
|Our Center for Policy Advocacy leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective student-centered learning models toward the goals of high-quality learning and equity. Our policy priorities are designed to ensure the nation’s education system is fit for purpose and help move states forward from their current state of education to future systems.
|CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. Bookmark this resource and check often for frequent updates.
|The Aurora Institute hosts a resource library containing more than 200 materials. Working collaboratively with diverse experts in the field, the Aurora Institute produces reports, books, policy briefs, blog posts, webinars and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next generation learning models.
The mission of Aurora Institute is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.