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2018


Talking with Families About Transcripts and Grading in a Personalized, Competency-Based Environment

A transcript from a personalized, competency-based system has the potential to be not only a truly accurate reflection of what a student knows, but also makes learning transparent to all stakeholders – including families. Parents have many questions, and one of their concerns is the impact the shift will have on their child’s chances at getting into college.

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Is Assessment Ready to Move Beyond Standardized Tests? These MIT Researchers Think So
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In recent years, educators have spent countless collective hours designing, experimenting with and implementing new kinds of learning experiences for students—learning experiences that are fun, engaging and formative. But assessments haven’t evolved at the same pace.

As a result, there is a disconnect between what schools value and what they measure. But it’s a tough nut to crack, because many of the skills and characteristics treasured most are in fact the hardest to evaluate.

Read more on EdSurge…

Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education – Webinar 1/9
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iNACOL’s new publication, Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education, re-envisions professional practice, learning and development for educators in competency-based education.

As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. Moving Toward Mastery describes a teaching profession that is equity-oriented, learning-centered and lifelong; it recommends 15 strategies that can help school districts successfully make this paradigm shift.

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After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas
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A student at Dan D. Rogers Elementary, one of the Dallas Independent School District's "wall-to-wall" personalized learning schools. © Dallas ISD

Students at Dan D. Rogers Elementary School in Texas get an unusual introduction to technology. As they transition from first grade, to second, to third, their classroom devices change, too… Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach.

But technology is only one part of it. The school also incorporates projects, flexible environments and student-led learning into its model.

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How to Begin Implementing Personalized Learning in Your School District
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Dr. Dave Richards, former superintendent for Fraser Public Schools in Fraser, Michigan, was a key leader in introducing personalized learning in his district. During a recent conversation, he shared insights he gained during the implementation process, as well as tips for other districts just getting started with personalized learning. 

Read the complete article on KnowledgeWorks.org

Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education
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This publication re-envisions professional practice, learning and development for educators in competency-based education.

As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. Moving Toward Mastery describes a teaching profession that is equity-oriented, learning-centered and lifelong; it recommends 15 strategies that can help school districts successfully make this paradigm shift.

Read the complete article on iNACOL.org
 

2017


iNACOL Teacher Talk Webinar
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Strategies for Teachers to Develop Global Citizenship in Students

Thursday, December 14, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

On Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, iNACOL is hosting a Teacher Talk webinar to share strategies teachers can use to develop important global citizenship skills and dispositions in students through personalized, competency-based learning models.

Visit iNACOL to register or for more information. 

8 Things to Look For in a Student-Centered Learning Environment
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When you walk into a school, what do you look for? When envisioning what type of learning environment is ideal for your child or the students you work with, what are the most important characteristics? What are the most positive, memorable experiences from your own schooling?

Read the complete article on Getting Smart

Shifting Paradigms: Moving from an Instructional Paradigm to a Learning Paradigm

The instructional paradigm, still in place in most schools, was primarily designed to support the function of teaching, or more specifically, the delivery of information from instructor to student. For practical reasons the design favored efficiency, which led to batch processing of students, segmentation of content areas, and credits based on seat time.

Read the complete article on CompetencyWorks.org

Variability Matters
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The myth of the average learner and its impact on schools is presented along with assumptions about learning and new strategies to consider when designing learning opportunities for students.

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Does Competency-Based Education Make the Grade
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A decade ago, the state board of education required local districts to adopt this approach, and since then, districts have been making the switch.  We'll find out what competency-based education really means....how it's working at the classroom level....and whether it's living up to promises made.

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The Graduate Profile: A Focus on Outcomes
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These profiles help schools direct resources toward building student competencies. See how they work.

By Ken Kay

Unlike a mission or vision statement, a graduate profile is a document that a school or district uses to specify the cognitive, personal, and interpersonal competencies that students should have when they graduate. Co-created with input from key stakeholders, this profile is a clear visualization of priority goals for teaching and learning that can be easily communicated to students, parents, faculty, and staff to align their collective efforts. Until you identify and prioritize these competencies for your school or district, you won't have a shared vision of your destination.

Read the complete article on Edutopia

Personalized Learning: The Importance of Teachers in a Technology Driven World
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In today's technology-driven world, teachers may no longer be the sole keepers of knowledge in the classroom. The introduction of one-to-one initiatives, online classrooms, blended-learning models, and the overall rise of technology in classrooms allow for students to have far more access to constant information than past generations. Personalized learning thrives in this technology-rich environment, but is insufficient on its own to revolutionize a student's classroom experience.

Read the complete article online at the Brookings Institution

Five Examples of Effective School Communication Strategies, on Five Different Platforms
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Communicating effectively to people throughout your school district presents several challenges. What's your message, who needs to hear what and, more and more, what vehicle is the most appropriate for each message. As digital platforms proliferate, things can be both quicker and easier. The challenge remains as it always has, though: how do you make best use of the marketing vehicle to deliver your message?

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