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RTT Gets Personalized

May 23, 2012 by

Just in case you missed it, the draft of the next Race to the Top competition was released yesterday.  The first Absolute Priority is Personalized Learning Environment.  They are looking for comments by June 8th. ( Ann Whelan walks through the proposal for RTT at 14:15 on the video.)

It looks like ED is merging the concepts of personalized learning and competency education (the concepts are mutually reinforcing but not exactly the same).   Jim Shelton facilitated a panel to explore what personalized learning means. (Jump to 25:20 on the video) which refers to mastery and progress upon mastery several times.

What are ways that the RTT proposal can be strengthened? We will be a lot more successful in getting constructive changes if we use common language and build on common points.  As you think this through please share your ideas in the comments section, write a post, or just send me an email so I can pull your ideas together.

Competency-Based Education: Learn From My Follies

May 21, 2012 by

I had a conference with a parent this morning. I love meeting parents and talking with students, and I try to avoid the typical rhetoric that goes along with these interactions in favor of rawness.

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Art and Science of Designing Competencies

May 17, 2012 by

Greetings everyone!  We just wanted to let you know about our first working paper — the working title is the Art and Science of Designing Competencies.  Our goal is to quickly capture knowledge through a short briefing paper, wiki resources, blog posts and a webinar.  We do not want to duplicate efforts  so if you now about resources that already tackle this issue, please let us know immediately! If you have resources that you think can be useful, please send them our way so that others can draw on them as well.

We have a great group of people willing to share their knowledge — Kim Carter, QED Foundation; Rose Colby from New Hampshire; Gloria Pineda, Diploma Plus; Steve Kossakoski, Virtual Learning Academy Charter School; Kari Webb from Iowa. Thank you to all of them and others who will be reviewing our work to make sure it will be helpful to schools and districts tackling competency education for the first time. (more…)

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

May 11, 2012 by

Are we all talking about the same thing when we say competency-based education?  This question first occurred to me this past December when I had the opportunity, as West Wind Education Policy’s program associate, to work with REL Midwest and the Iowa Department of Education to organize the Research to Action Forum on Competency-based Education in Des Moines.  The conference included national experts, teachers, administrators, students, higher education representatives, policy-makers, and Iowa Workforce Development.  You can watch videos of the event and learn more about what is happening in Iowa as districts explore CBE at the online professional collaboration site we created. (more…)

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