- Registration is open for the High School Redesign in Action is the New England Secondary School Consortium’s sixth annual conference for educators to share success stories, exchange best practices, and continue to build momentum for innovations that will prepare all students for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century. This is a great place to learn about competency education in action. Thursday + Friday, March 26-27, 2015 in Norwood, MA.
- Catch up with American Youth Policy Forum & Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools study tour to New Hampshire.
- ACHIEVE held their annual meeting for state leaders has competency education last week. On the agenda:
- From Seat-time to Mastery: Competency-based Pathways to Colleges and Careers discusses approaches to moving away from measuring student knowledge as a function of time toward one that uses content mastery as the primary criterion. The unique role the postsecondary sector can play to signal support is also stressed. Speakers include: Ellen Hume-Howard, Curriculum Director, Sanborn Regional School District, New Hampshire; Dan Mielke, Executive Director, Eastern Promise, Eastern Oregon University; Rachelle Tome, Chief Academic Officer, Maine Department of Education and Cory Curl, Senior Fellow, Assessment and Accountability, Achieve.
- Communicating the Potential of Competency-based Learning highlights effective advocacy and communications practices to promote competency-based education across interest groups.Speakers include: Theresa Bennett, Education Associate, ELA, Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development, Delaware Department of Education; Pete Janhunen, The Fratelli Group; and Lindsay Jones, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, National Center for Learning Disabilities.
New Reports and Resources
- Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce by Maria Worthen, iNACOL’s Vice President for Federal and State Policy and Lillian Pace, KnowledgeWorks Senior Director of National Policy.
- Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles by Matthew W. Lewis, Rick Eden, Chandra Garber, Mollie Rudnick, Lucrecia Santibanez, and Tiffany Tsai; RAND Education and Jobs for the Future looks at potential implementation issues that can undermine competency education. (more…)