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Wednesday July 13, 2016
Competency-based education
Traditional higher education is increasingly insufficient for many adults seeking workforce success and economic mobility, especially for students whose skills are not yet college ready. It has become critical for learners, postsecondary institutions, and employers to explore new options. Competency-based education (CBE) holds significant promise in closing the gap between the skills adults have and the abilities they need to thrive in today’s economy. Yet, despite the rapid growth of CBE across the country, millions of adult learners are unable to take advantage of these new approaches,...
Tags: Competency Education
Tuesday October 20, 2015
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI). The ESI will allow a limited number of postsecondary academic institutions and nontraditional online course providers to apply for the ability to receive financial aid. This experiment will allow the department to test different ways of disbursing financial aid. The experiment will target MOOCs and other online certificate programs that are seeing a dramatic increase in use by students as the cost of traditional higher education and training continues to soar.  While these online programs are not...
Tags: Competency Education, Federal Higher Education Policy
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
Monday May 18, 2015
Maine Schools Transition to Proficiency-Based Diplomas By Vicki Ritterband and Rafael HellerThis article was published in the March/April 2015 issue of the Harvard Education Letter, published at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the vast majority of the nation’s schools, students are grouped by age and move along in lockstep from one yearlong course to the next until, at the end of the 12th grade, they acquire a sufficient number of credit hours—or Carnegie units—to graduate. It doesn’t matter whether they soak up the given material in September or barely grasp it in June;...
Tags: Competency Education, Student-Centered Learning