Category: Announcement

CompetencyWorks Releases Report Updating Definition of Competency-Based Education

November 14, 2019 by

Report CoverToday, the CompetencyWorks initiative of the Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) released What Is Competency-Based Education? An Updated Definition. The report updates the 2011 working definition, which helped to build the field and create common understandings of key elements in competency-based systems among stakeholders. The definition has been used by schools to support design and implementation, by states to establish supporting policies and a common vision, and by national organizations to provide frameworks for networks of states, districts, and schools to discuss their initiatives and build shared understanding.

The 2011 working definition was developed by more than 100 education innovators at the first National Summit for K-12 Competency-Based Education. Several years later, feedback indicated that it should be updated to reflect a deeper understanding of key issues and developments in the field. The new report presents the updated definition, which was developed with extensive input from field surveys, invited attendees at the second National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education in 2017, and a Technical Advisory Group of more than 40 experts in the field.

Updated Definition

The updated 2019 definition of competency-based education is:

  1. Students are empowered daily to make important decisions about their learning experiences, how they will create and apply knowledge, and how they will demonstrate their learning.
  2. Assessment is a meaningful, positive, and empowering learning experience for students that yields timely, relevant, and actionable evidence.
  3. Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.
  4. Students progress based on evidence of mastery, not seat time.
  5. Students learn actively using different pathways and varied pacing.
  6. Strategies to ensure equity for all students are embedded in the culture, structure, and pedagogy of schools and education systems.
  7. Rigorous, common expectations for learning (knowledge, skills, and dispositions) are explicit, transparent, measurable, and transferable.

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iNACOL Is Now the Aurora Institute

October 28, 2019 by

For 17 years, iNACOL has been a leading voice advocating for expanding K-12 educational opportunity and access. CompetencyWorks is a collaborative initiative focused on sharing knowledge on the field of K-12 competency-based education, drawing on the knowledge of its partners and an advisory board. CompetencyWorks was launched in 2012 with iNACOL as the lead organization.

Over time, iNACOL’s work has shifted from an explicit focus on the delivery vehicle for education, namely online learning, to an expanded view of the systemic changes required to ensure all students are prepared for success in our rapidly changing world. CompetencyWorks has been an essential part of this shift.

We’ve just marked another important milestone in our journey. I’m proud to announce that iNACOL has become the Aurora InstituteCompetencyWorks will continue as an initiative of the Aurora Institute going forward.

Why did we decide to change our name? First and foremost, because every learner deserves a clear path to future success, and we believe that a clearer brand identity will better position us to prepare those pathways. However, changing our name also creates three other important solutions for us:

  • We get a name that defines us as an organization committed to systems change in K-12 education. For 20 years, we’ve been the brain trust for a growing field working toward activities as diverse as school redesign, redesigning assessment, providing technical assistance to policymakers, and dismantling inequities in the structure of public education. Our networks have looked to us to set agendas, unify our frameworks, and craft narratives about our collective work.
  • The change in name responds to a shift in our mission, vision, and values. Our founding in 2002 grew out of a concern that current models of K-12 education were not providing access to the teachers and the courses students needed, nor fully preparing students for future success with an orientation toward lifelong learning, which we know is critical for the rapidly evolving world in which we live.

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CompetencyWorks Meetup at the iNACOL Symposium

October 24, 2019 by

If you’re headed to the iNACOL Symposium, there will be a CompetencyWorks Meetup on Monday at 5:15 pm during the President’s Reception. Look for the “CompetencyWorks Lounge” sign in Oasis 1/Innovation Corner and come meet your colleagues from across the country and around the world. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keynote Speakers for the 2019 iNACOL Symposium

September 20, 2019 by

2019 Symposium Keynote SpeakersThe 2019 iNACOL Symposium is just over a month away. In the spirit of this year’s theme of “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning,” each of our esteemed keynote speakers will inform, inspire, and propel thinking around powerful, student-centered learning models, while examining the role of education in the future. Below is a brief bio of each keynote speaker.

Opening Keynote | Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 | 3:30 pm

Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard
Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard is the Director of Whole Child Development at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where she leads work to accelerate the integration of the science of human development into education. She is also an independent consultant, supporting the connections between cognitive and social-emotional skills.

Morning Keynote | Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 | 8 am

Derek Wenmoth
Derek Wenmoth is a Principal Consultant at CORE Education, a not-for-profit education research and development organization that he co-founded with two colleagues in 2013, based in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has been a teacher, principal, and policy advisor across all parts of the education system.

Luncheon Keynote | Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 | 12:15 pm

Jackie Statum Allen
Jackie Statum Allen is the Education Portfolio Director at the Bush Foundation. She manages the strategy, programs, and partnerships for the Foundation’s education initiative. The focus of the initiative is to make education more relevant for students in terms of who they are, how they learn, and where they want to go.

Supt. Kirsten Baesler
Kirsten Baesler is the state school superintendent of North Dakota. She oversees the education of more than 121,000 public and private school students. She was elected as state school superintendent in November 2012, and re-elected to her second term in 2016 with 75 percent of the vote.

Dr. James F. Lane
Dr. James F. Lane was appointed Virginia’s 25th superintendent of public instruction by the Governor of Virginia, effective June 1, 2018, and serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education, which is the administrative agency for the commonwealth’s public schools.

Luncheon Keynote | Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 | 12:15 pm

Dr. Pedro Noguera
Pedro Noguera is a distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and studies ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts.

Watch this space to learn more about what our keynote speakers will share at the 2019 iNACOL Symposium.

Webinar: A Strategic Reflection on the Field of Competency-Based Education

September 4, 2019 by

iNACOL WebinarSchools and districts 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.

Join this webinar to hear Susan Patrick and Eliot Levine reflect on the current state of competency-based education. Gain an understanding of developments happening across the field. The presenters will explore areas of growth for the field, identify emerging issues and provide insights to inform the future direction of competency-based education. The presenters are:

Join us on Tuesday, October 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET for a strategic reflection on the field of competency-based education. You can register for the webinar here.

 

 

Webinar: An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

May 2, 2019 by

iNACOL WebinarCompetency-based education—also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based, or performance-based education—is a system of education designed to equitably ensure that all students develop the knowledge and skills they will need for college, career, and life. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what makes an effective competency-based model, and what policies need to be in place to support it.

Join us on Thursday, May 23, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET for an introduction to competency-based education in K-12 systems. The presenters are:

You can register for the webinar here.

Registration Is Open for the 2019 iNACOL Symposium

April 15, 2019 by

Announcement of 2019 iNACOL Symposium

Attendee registration is now open for the iNACOL Symposium held on October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. This year’s theme is “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.”

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium here.

iNACOL’s annual conference is the premier learning conference for those driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers, and innovators gather and work to transform education.

The iNACOL Symposium includes tracks for competency-based education, assessment for learning, leadership, professional development, policy and advocacy, quality assurance, human capital, community engagement, research, and many more.

Symposium Conference Hall

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10, 2019 to receive special early-bird discounts on attendee registration.

For questions, please contact the iNACOL Symposium team. We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs. (more…)

Webinar: Envisioning the Future of Educator Learning

April 4, 2019 by

iNACOL WebinarFor students to experience the future of learning, we need to transform educator learning. This iNACOL webinar is the first in a three-part series focused on envisioning and realizing the future of educator learning. Participants are invited to attend all or part of this series.

Presenters Adam Rubin and Katherine Casey will investigate the current state of educator professional learning and unpack why professional learning needs to change. They will examine trends shaping the future of educator learning and envision what a next generation professional learning model could look like. Participants will then apply their learning by designing the Future of Educator Learning experience.

Presenters:

You can register for the webinar here.

You’re Invited: Capital Hill Forum on Competency-Based Education

March 19, 2019 by

US Capitol Building and FlagYou are invited to join iNACOL and the American Youth Policy Forum on Friday, March 22, 2019, for a Capitol Hill forum, Competency-Based Education: Promising Policies and Practices for the Future of K-12 Education.

Educators and school districts across the globe are designing modern approaches to teaching and learning that use competency-based education (CBE) to help every child achieve mastery of knowledge and skills needed for future success in their personal and professional lives.

By bringing together national experts and state and district leaders, this forum will highlight the growth of CBE in state policy, the benefits of CBE, promising practices taking hold around the country, and opportunities for states to align K-12 education with postsecondary education systems and the workforce. The forum will examine federal policy opportunities to advance CBE in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. (more…)

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