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Tuesday August 25, 2015
Educator Competencies for Personalized Teaching
This post is by Rebecca E. Wolfe, director of Students at the Center at Jobs for the Future, and Sarah Hatton, program manager at Jobs for the Future. Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 21, 2015. In part one of this post, Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom, we introduced the newly released Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching, a document developed by Jobs for the Future's Students at the Center initiative and the Innovation Lab Network, an initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers. We discuss what makes this moment...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Competency Education
Tuesday August 25, 2015
Launching Personalized Teaching in the Classroom
This post is by Rebecca E. Wolfe, director of Students at the Center at Jobs for the Future, and Sarah Hatton, program manager at Jobs for the Future. Originally posted on Education Week's blog on August 13, 2015. Last Monday, the nine states that are part of the Innovation Lab Network, a group convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers, gathered at a meeting hosted by CCSSO, in partnership with Jobs for the Future and other organizations, to advance the work of the ILN states. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and engage with the newly released Educator Competencies for...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Competency Education
Wednesday July 8, 2015
Q&A with Rebecca Wolfe, personalized learning's biggest advocate By Nick Chiles What would schools look like if they were designed around the needs of students? That’s the question that drives the work of Rebecca Wolfe, director of the Massachusetts-based Students at the Center project, part of the nonprofit Jobs For the Future. Called “personalized learning,” the idea sounds simple: Let the students dictate the direction and pace of instruction. Its adherents claim that not only will student outcomes improve, but point to research that shows it works particularly well for students of...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Blended Learning
Monday October 20, 2014
Past-and-Promise
Students at the Center, a Jobs for the Future initiative that synthesizes and adapts for practice current research on key components of student-centered approaches to learning that lead to deeper learning outcomes, has just launched a new research series on competency education. Competency education is both a core tenet in our student-centered framework and an area of increasing interest to practitioners and policymakers. Over the coming months, we will continue to release this series of research syntheses and updates from the field that help build the foundational data, theory, and...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Competency Education, Blended Learning
Tuesday September 3, 2013
Process-folios: Peeking into a Student’s Head
Originally published by CompetencyWorks, August 28 2013. What educator hasn’t wished they could get inside a student’s head—if even just for a moment—to really understand how she thinks, learns, and what she still needs to do to grasp a concept or lesson? Process portfolios (also known as “process-folios”) provide an opportunity to not only peek inside a student’s progression toward mastery, but also to get the student more actively engaged in understanding his own learning process. You may think to yourself: Oh sure, I know all about portfolio assessment—that’s when students present a big...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning