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iNACOL Symposium Request for Presentation Proposals for Competency-Based Education

February 21, 2018 by

This year, the iNACOL Symposium will be held on October 21-24, 2018 in Nashville, TN. This year’s theme is “Driving the Transformation of Learning.”

As we prepare for the upcoming Symposium, Chris Sturgis and I are discussing the “must have” workshops and sessions at the iNACOL Symposium for the track focused on competency-based education (CBE) to help advance the field in strategic ways. We’ve asked the CompetencyWorks Advisory Board for the must-have topics for the competency-based education track at the iNACOL Symposium event in October. (Note: please add your “must have” sessions in the comments section, below).

I wanted to share a few “must have” topics generated by the CompetencyWorks Advisory Board and ask if you are an expert on these topics to please submit a proposal to speak:

  • What is CBE?: Introductory sessions that draw from multiple districts and schools to highlight variations in how elements of CBE can be designed and implemented.
  • Higher Ed & CBE: The intersection between higher education and K-12 education has many interesting areas for partnership and alignment. This might include performance-based assessment, moderating performance levels, redefining student success through the Profile of a Graduate work, addressing the needs of college admissions and transcripts and other documentation of student learning.
  • CBE Models & Designs for Equity: Generate conversations to challenge and disrupt patterns of inequity and design innovative competency-based models for equity.
  • Leading Practitioners Using CBE Quality & Equity Frameworks: Drawing on the frameworks outlined in Quality and Equity by Design (forthcoming reports on each in April – June) from the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, discuss the ways these frameworks are actionable, use the frameworks to build shared understanding of CBE and highlight more granular aspects of design and implementation.
  • Communicating to Your Community about Competency Education: Developing authentic and ongoing conversations with the entire community is important. What are the most effective communication strategies and messages that resonate with different audiences?
  • Innovations: There are many innovations developing in districts across the country. The best way to share your innovations is to do so with colleagues from other schools so that Symposium participants can get a richer sense of what is possible.
  • Knowledge Building: Is there something you are interested in building more knowledge about? Create a session where participants can share experience, ideas and question. Build up knowledge and share it on the CompetencyWorks blog.

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What’s New in K-12 Competency-Based Education?

December 27, 2017 by

What's new! star graphicThe Case for Personalized Learning

  • This article explains how the traditional K-12 education system is perfectly designed for no one.
  • This Hechinger Report article looks at three different school districts and their unique paths towards personalized learning.

Micro-Credentials and Professional Learning

  • EdSurge provided three ways to bridge the gap between educators and learning sciences.
  • This article shows how micro-credentials are transforming professional learning.
  • Digital Promise released a new report, Continuing the Educator Micro-credential Movement, which explores the current K-12 micro-credential landscape to uncover insights and opportunities to help grow the effectiveness of micro-credentials in supporting educator and student learning.

Student Agency

Competency-Based Physical Education

  • This article looks at how a physical education class works in a competency-based system.
  • Teacher Brian Kampper explains how personalized learning is breaking the “gym class” stereotype.

Teachers in CBE Systems

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