Category Archives: Competency-Based EDU

Finalist – Next Gen Learning Challenges Planning Grant

Source: Next Gen Learning Challenges e-mail, Feb 2014

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Big Picture's Competency-Based Education

Source: The Innovative Educator, Dec 2012 Connect school life to real life by doing things differently. Here’s how Instead of teachers… There are advisers who work with students making a multi-year commitment to serve as their coach, mentor, teacher, and friend who guide and supports them in managing their personalized learning plan and Learning Through …

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High School with No Walls: iZone Academy

Source: WSJ, Dec 2013 New York City is planning to open a new high school next year—but it won’t have a gym, library, science lab or even a math classroom. The city wants to open a so-called school without walls, one where students would take courses that combine online and classroom learning, while giving them …

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Using Technology for the Sweet Spot of Learning

Source: KQED Mindshift, Sep 2013 The first thing to know is that everyone likes to learn. “There is a sense of satisfaction, of fulfillment, in successful thinking,” writes Willingham. But it’s not fun to try to learn something that’s too hard. “Working on a problem with no sense that you’re making progress is not pleasurable,” …

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Do AP exams really help?

Source: AEAWeb, 2005 … after controlling for the balance of a student’s high school curriculum, family, and school characteristics, AP students are generally no more likely than non-AP students to return for a second year of college or to have higher first semester grade point averages. These results are likely due, at least in part, to the rapid …

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Measuring the Results of Project-Based Learning

Source: Mindshift, Jul 2013 As education continues the march toward a student-driven, project-oriented approach that values intelligent solutions to open-ended problems, it won’t be sufficient to focus on the wonderful discoveries and authentic work that result from an inquiry-based system. Instead, a far more difficult issue will come to the fore: How will we know …

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Venture Academies – Selected Excerpts

Source: http://vimeo.com/51535985

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USC Hybrid HS – Selected Excerpts

Source: http://vimeo.com/47731016  

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Summit Denali School – Selected Excerpts

Source: http://vimeo.com/47724747  

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Restructuring Instructional Staffing to Improve Student Outcomes

Source: Opportunity Culture website, May 2012  

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