Student-led Learning – The What and How

One of my early attempts at student-led learning was through an extracurricular program outside of the core classes I was responsible for teaching. The inspiration was rooted in introspection. I was experiencing more behavior issues in my core classes and, upon reflection, recognized why. I wasn’t involving students in the creation of our learning experience…

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Competency-Based Education: Definition and Examples

Environmental Science for Grades 6-12 Book A Project-Based Approach to Solving the Earth's Most Urgent Problems James Fester

In this blog, we will define Competency-Based Education (CBE) and discuss how the essential components of CBE work together to transform learning in K12 schools and districts. We will also examine some of the specific benefits CBE brings to learners, teachers, and communities. Finally, we will present two CBE classroom scenarios with examples. Defining Competency-Based…

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Let the Revolution Begin!

We’re excited to announce that our partner, the Cohasset (MA) Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), was recently awarded a NOAA education grant that will help “build the bridge” between hands-on summertime learning and school-year programs. CSCR engages “Varsity Research” teams of middle and high school students in authentic, community-driven inquiries throughout the watershed, from…

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4 Ways to Make Your Portrait of a Graduate System a Success

Portrait of a Graduate

By David Lipkin A Portrait (or Profile) of a Graduate process is a wonderful way for school communities to build consensus about what matters most. The Portrait of a Graduate process is an opportunity to grow community, listen to diverse voices, affirm shared values, and take an honest look at how well our systems support…

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10 Step Primer for Competency-based Learning Design

10 Step Primer for Competency-based Learning Design

By Josie Jordan As an educator on the design team of the Pathways program at Mt. Abraham Union High School, I got pretty good at designing and scaffolding personalized, competency-based projects for individual students. Back in the regular classroom, it was a challenge to transfer those same, powerful practices to larger groups of learners without…

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The On-Ramp to Competency-based and Personalized Projects

personalized projects cbe

By Josie Jordan The On-Ramp In our transition to CBE or personalized learning, we often go to the big picture, “How could I ever meet all the standards that way?”, or, “How could all my students be doing different things?” But going to questions like these is just like trying to merge onto the highway…

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