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Building 21: Designing a Network for Competency-Based Education

This post originally appeared at GETTINGSMART on July 8, 2018.  By Chip Linehan Our current system’s narrow definitions of student success value content knowledge over the skills and mindsets needed for students to thrive in today’s rapidly changing world. On the other hand, next-generation graduation requirements that measure and credit a broader and deeper array [...]

By |2018-09-12T11:09:14+00:00September 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Competency-Based Grading

We recently revisited the question, "Why competency-based education?" as a way to step back from our work. As Chip puts it, "Nothing is sacred." We believe that what we are doing transcends any model or method. They are just vehicles to realize our vision. Currently, I am neck deep in the process of envisioning a [...]

By |2017-04-06T00:05:01+00:00May 22nd, 2014|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What do we actually NEED from education?

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education  by: Chris Sturgis Pretty decent paper on traditional grading systems vs. competency grading. It quotes The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan quite a bit. My critique is this focus on gaps in knowledge. People seem to be so concerned with gaps in knowledge. Here [...]

By |2017-04-06T00:05:01+00:00January 15th, 2014|Learning model, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Promising research on mindfulness in urban schools.

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools From the article: "The research is showing big effects on students' performance," says Superintendent Carranza. "Our new accountability standards, which we're developing in tandem with the other big California districts, emphasize the importance of social-emotional factors in improving kids' lives, not just academics. A good way to describe learning [...]

By |2017-04-06T00:05:01+00:00January 14th, 2014|Research and analysis, Uncategorized|0 Comments