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Letter Grades Deserve An 'F': A Recommendation For Updating School Report Cards

Letter Grades Deserve An 'F': A Recommendation For Updating School Report Cards | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
The truth is that traditional report cards rarely provide accurate assessments of student learning, writes Mike Kalin.
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Good Overview of Why Competencies & Standards are better indicators of student learning. 
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No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down

No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
Pupils choose their own subjects and motivate themselves, an approach some say should be rolled out across Germany
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Very cool to see such a progressive school making news in Germany. Here, students choose their own subjects, create their own adventures, and decide when to demonstrate their skills. Not sure they would call themselves competency-based, but I would...Would love to visit this school. 
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Breaking out of the Boxes at Building 21 « Competency Works

Breaking out of the Boxes at Building 21 « Competency Works | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
Of all the schools and districts I’ve visited over the past four months, it has taken me the longest to write about my visit to Philadelphia’s Building 21…
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B21 is a new competency-ed program starting schools in Pennsylvania. They are experimenting with lots of different elements of school design, definitely worth keeping an eye on them as their program unfolds. 
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“Will this be on the test?” — The Startup — Medium

"Will this be on the test?" - The Startup - Medium
Rethinking online education
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Seth Godin isn't an educator, but he is an amazing, curious learner, a coach, and a consultant. He thinks about how people learn, and he has developed an intensive 30-day online course called the altMBA that turns online learning on it's head: no lectures and tests, constant real-time engagement, publicly published and critiqued work, intensive support via coaching, and of course, highly engaged participants. A great way to think about what online learning can be. 
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Blended Learning Universe - Christensen Institute

Blended Learning Universe - Christensen Institute | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
Blended learning is growing rapidly as technology becomes a more prevalent part of K-12 education.
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The site provides a great way to learn more about different blended learning models, where they are taught, what they look like, challenges and advice. Great way to get up-to-speed on ways to use technology effectively (essential in #CompetencyEd systems). 

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How Competency-based Learning Can Support Student Agency | NextGen Learning

How Competency-based Learning Can Support Student Agency | NextGen Learning | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
When students design their own pathway, are free to fail/free to learn, and demonstrate mastery through self-directed assessment, student agency thrives.
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This NextGen post describes an unusually empowered vision of student agency (students have the autonomy and authority to truly choose what they are creating, investigating and mastering--one that has been fairly invisible over the past 15 years. Great to see it coming onto the national stage...now we just need to see it in more classrooms in powerful ways. 

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The YouTube Guide to Self-Directed Learning — Emerging Education Technologies

The YouTube Guide to Self-Directed Learning — Emerging Education Technologies | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it

These Videos Explore Ideas and Techniques and Offer Real World Examples That can Help Inspire a Self-Directed Learning Mindset in Your Students Just about anyone working in education sees Self-Directed Learning as a hugely desirable outcome.


Via Dean J. Fusto
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Great to have this collection of videos brought together with some context! Self-directed learning is not a requirement for mastery learning, but for more and more people that play in this space, it's the most powerful way to encourage mastery.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 4, 2016 12:27 PM

The Einstein quote is important. Teachers are responsible for teaching and not student learning. That makes teaching an invitational process which is hard work. Many school managers and consultants do what they do because it is easier to speak in technical and instrumental jargon than in human and relational language.

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How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education

How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
In 1984, educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom published research on a new method of teaching, commonly called Bloom's 2 Sigma Problem. The term “2..
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Great post that describes the ways that online learning communities are adding 1:1 mentoring/tutoring to their programs in order to achieve the 2 Standard Deviation "Problem" documented by Benjamin Bloom in 1984: i.e. the average tutored student is above 98% of the students in a class that doesn't have tutoring. There is some interesting work happening around this in the online start-up world! 

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Personalize Learning: 10 Trends to Personalized Learning in 2016

Personalize Learning: 10 Trends to Personalized Learning in 2016 | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
Check out the 10 Trends in 2016 about UDL, Personal Learner Profiles, Agency, Competency-based Education, Kids Hacking School, Blended Learning, Citizenship, and more...
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This list focuses on trends that are centered around student-driven learning, with an emphasis on student agency...nice to have lists with this emphasis!

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Making Mastery Accessible | reDesign

Making Mastery Accessible | reDesign | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
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We've launched an free (open-source) set of guides and tools, as well as a curated Resource Bank to support designers of mastery learning systems. The goal of this project was to "Make Mastery Learning Accessible." Let us know how we did!

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When Grading Harms Student Learning

When Grading Harms Student Learning | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
Instead of issuing zeros, penalizing late work, and grading formative assessments, teachers should make the classroom a place of hope instead of fear.
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Miller does a great job of presenting a case for mastery learning and assessment...though he doesn't it call it this. 

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How to Kick Off Blended Learning (Hint: It’s Not Just About Tech) (EdSurge News)

How to Kick Off Blended Learning (Hint: It’s Not Just About Tech) (EdSurge News) | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
“Quantity of devices and well-developed adaptive software is the key to a successful blended learning implementation,” said no one ever! What is key? Teacher appetite and readiness to rethink what is possible. Over the last four years, Aspire Public Schools has rolled out blended learning classro
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This is a great blogpost on how Aspire schools introduce blended learning to their elementary school students. They have thought a lot about how to help young students learn the routines and norms that make blended learning a successful learning strategy, and they appear to be truly "blended": i.e. there are opportunities for students to talk together about what they are learning and how they are learning: blended learning is part of a coherent instructional strategy.

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A low-income Brooklyn high school where 100 percent of black male students graduate - The Hechinger Report

A low-income Brooklyn high school where 100 percent of black male students graduate - The Hechinger Report | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — Last fall, a Howard University sophomore was fielding dozens of phone calls between midnight and 3 a.m. from seniors at Brooklyn College Academy. The young men had a million questions about applying to college, and as a leader of the Sophisticated Well Articulated Gentlemen’s Group (SWAGG) to which they all belong, Jude …
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In NYC the graduation rate for black males is 58%. At BCA, it's 100%. The school is not open admission, but regardless, the statistics are powerful! One of the key design features: a student created and run fraternity with a strong alumni network, purposed with helping students navigate what it means to be an educated, articulate, successful male. Very cool!

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District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough - The Hechinger Report

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough - The Hechinger Report | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — When Kylie Jones brings home her report card, it doesn’t have any A’s, B’s or C’s. The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system. Traditional grades no longer exist, children get extra help based on their …
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An example of #masterylearning in CT. 
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Exciting New Evidence about the Promise of Personalized Learning - NewSchools Venture Fund

Exciting New Evidence about the Promise of Personalized Learning - NewSchools Venture Fund | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
The number of schools designed for personalized learning is growing rapidly. At NewSchools, we’re helping teams of educators launch many such schools through our Catapult program. Why did we decide…
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Very positive preliminary evidence on the power of personalized learning. What the blog post doesn't explore is what exactly were the criteria for identifying a school as personalized....I'll have to check out the study to learn more!
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Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

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Chugach is a rural Alaskan School District that is at the forefront of Personalized Performance-based, Culturally-Responsive learning. This report documents the District's promising practices, developed under very challenging conditions. 
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6 Tips To Develop Competency-Based Online Training - eLearning Industry

6 Tips To Develop Competency-Based Online Training - eLearning Industry | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
Wondering how to develop a Competency-Based Online Training? Read this article to discover 6 Tips To Develop Competency-Based Online Training. 
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Strategic ‪#‎CompetencyEd‬ approach to online learning for employees. Attention ‪#‎District‬ ‪#‎PD‬!! @eLearningIndustry
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Moving PD from Seat Time to Demonstrated Competency using Micro-Credentials

Moving PD from Seat Time to Demonstrated Competency using Micro-Credentials | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it

Micro-credentials are a digital form of certification that indicate when a person has demonstrated competency in a specific skill set. As a progress tracking and signaling system, micro-credentials are gaining traction in education since they offer a promising approach to personalized, competency-based professional learning.

Read this micro-credentials essentials guide, produced by Getting Smart in partnership with BloomBoard, to learn more about: 

the problems that micro-credentials solvethe benefits of competency-based recognition for educatorsthe steps to earning a micro-credential, andbest practices that acknowledge that not all badges are created equally.
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What would it be like to create a set of micro credentials around the design and implementation of #CompetencyEd frameworks? There is a huge lack in the field around creating #OnRamps for those who want to organize their program/school around #MasteryLearning. 

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New Version: Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (v4)

New Version: Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (v4) | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
Announcing version 4 of our new and updated Stages of Personalized Learning Environments with practical and clear elements for each stage.

Via Kathleen McClaskey
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Love this Framework from Personalized Learning. Such a helpful way to think about the activities of students and teachers look like in Teacher-Centered, Learner-Centered, and Learner-Driven learning environments. 

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 14, 2016 9:54 PM

We are pleased to announce our new and updated Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (PLE) version 4. You are probably wondering why we updated it again. While writing our next book, How to Personalize Learning to be published Fall 2016, we realized that we had to make changes to the Stages of PLE. It's been two years to the day since we created version 3 and so much has happened since the last version. - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2016/02/new-version-stages-of-personalized.html#sthash.7ZijOBPJ.dpuf

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No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
The future is all about learning by topic, not subject.
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Exploring phenomena, events and issues is a powerful, integrated approach to learning. It mirrors real experience, both professional and personal. Finland is over-hauling their system over the next 4 years. In Helsinki 70% of HS teachers have been trained, and apparently there is already positive data to support the paradigm shift. So glad to see this approach gaining acceptance...not a new idea at all, but one that is definitely ready to come back around. 

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Self-Paced Learning: How One Teacher Does It

Self-Paced Learning: How One Teacher Does It | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
How do you run a differentiated classroom, where each student is working on separate tasks at different speeds? See how one teacher manages a self-paced class.
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A great example of a low-tech. self-paced math classroom, where students have several essential moments of decision-making/agency. I particularly like this example because it focuses on a self-paced approach to working with a text-book, which so many teachers are required to use, even int he age of technology. 

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The Essentials of Competency-Based Education

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Always good to have people articulating the core features of this work. This short blog identifies the key features: outcomes, mastery rather than seat-time, real and relevant assignments, the need for a strategic design plan (see reDesign's Roadmap for an overview). 

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5 Myths about Mastery-Based Learning - Unlimited Personalized Lessons from Knewton

5 Myths about Mastery-Based Learning  - Unlimited Personalized Lessons from Knewton | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
Whether or not you’ve heard the term “mastery-based learning,” you’ve probably encountered it in practice, in school or on the job. In any situation where you’re given a set of labs, problems, or activities where your progression is dependent on successful completion of various tasks rather than seat time, you’re engaging in mastery-based learning--a teaching method premised on the idea that student progression through a course should be dependent on proficiency as opposed to amount of time spent on academic work.
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The 5 myths debunked in this posting: 1. Mastery learning is difficult to implement. 2. It is expensive. 3. It makes grading and reporting more difficult. 4. Too many students fail because the standards are too high. 5. Advanced students aren't challenged because standards are too low. 

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XQ: The Super School Project

XQ: The Super School Project | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
XQ: The Super School Project is a national movement to reimagine high school. #RethinkHighSchool
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The Super School Project is a competition for the design of new high schools. It looks like they are truly attempting to think outside of the traditional high school model, and they have found a very entrepreneurial way to gain momentum and attention to their work. I'm excited to follow this project over the next year or two.

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Conundrums in Competency - Education Next

Conundrums in Competency - Education Next | Mastery Learning | Scoop.it
There seems to be growing enthusiasm for adopting competency-based approaches, but there are some philosophical and practical areas that administrators are still grappling with.
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Julie Freeland, from the Christensen Institute, explores some of the key challenges of moving towards mastery learning: the prevalence of the calendar-based academic program; the tension between being Competency-based and Common Core-aligned, with regards to the establishment of learning progressions; the distinction between blended-learning and competency-based learning. Very helpful overview of complex issues. 

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