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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+00:00 May 22nd, 2014|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What do we actually NEED from education?

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency EducationĀ  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+00:00 January 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+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Research and analysis, Uncategorized|0 Comments