Lin-Wood Student Wins 2018 ArcGIS Online National Competition for Middle School

2018-ArcGISCompetition-MiddleSchoolWinnerThe national competition judges have conferred and, from 16 Middle School state winner entries, have chosen the project by Lin-Wood 8th Grader,  Andrew Wilson, “Gordon Pond Railroad and the Johnson Lumber Company” as the National Middle School Winner.

For more information, please visit http://esriurl.com/funwithgis234.

A total of 180 projects were entered into the Middle School competition, and Andrew’s will be one of two labeled as “MIDDLE SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOREES” in the map.

Check out the project at http://linwood.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=ad3385e13aa14df9911e19f86c4c9dd3.

Congratulations to Andrew, and teacher Carol Smith.  New Hampshire has a strong team of ArcGIS teachers who engage their students to do great things!   Learn more about the competition at:

https://community.esri.com/thread/201531-2018-arcgis-online-competition-for-us-hsms-students

Learn more about the NH ArcGIS community at www.NHEdGIS.org.

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Today, CompetencyWorks released a new report, Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems.

Competency-based education is designed to ensure all students develop the skills they will need to be successful for college, career and life. Competency education is gaining momentum and visibility across the country as districts and schools transition to it using various entry points and roll-out strategies. It is critical, therefore, that new models be designed with quality and equity to realize the promise of this system.

Logic models are tools used to conceptualize organizations, programs or strategies to bring about change and to support the evaluation of effectiveness. The logic models presented in this paper are intended to help researchers and practitioners understand the critical components of competency-based education at multiple levels of practice. The paper uses logic model frameworks to convey relationships between essential levers (outcomes, drivers and mediating factors) that inform the design of competency-based education systems and critical components of competency-based practice at four interdependent levels (student experience, professional practice of educators, district and school systems and culture).
Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems  https://www.inacol.org/resource/levers-and-logic-models-a-framework-to-guide-research-and-design-of-high-quality-competency-based-education-systems/

 

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Registration for OPEN NH Summer 2018 Session of Courses is Open

OPEN NHOPEN NH Summer 2018 Session
Online Course Session Dates: July 11 – August 28

Courses are $130 for 7 weeks and earn 35 Professional Development hours.

Early Bird Special !  Register early and save $10.00.  Early Bird Special offer ends on June 26, 2018.

The following courses are scheduled to be offered in the Summer 2018 Session of OPEN NH courses

  • AS-01 Full STEAM Ahead! Introducing Design Thinking as a Reflective Teaching Strategy through Integration of a Project-based Invention Curriculum
  • BP-14 Universal Design: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
  • BP-16 Understanding Gender Equity Issues in STEM Education
  • CE-11 Using Digital Tools to Engage Students and Personalize Learning
  • HE-01 Teaching and Learning About HIV in the 21st Century Classroom
  • IE-06 Designing Blended Learning
  • LT-08 ESOL Literacy Development: Part 3 – Oral Language Acquisition

Register for Summer 2018 Courses Here!

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Graduate Credit options are available.

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Pelham Student Wins Google Doodle Competition! Help Her Win Nationals!

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On Thursday, May 3, representatives from Google came to Pelham Elementary School to announce the New Hampshire winner of their 2018 Doodle 4 Google competition. First grader, Molly Baker, was thrilled to be the recipient!  Now we have an opportunity to help Molly become the National Winner.  She has a chance to win a trip to visit Google, a $30,000 college scholarship AND $50,000 of technology for our school.

The voting site went live at noon today, May 7. Please help Molly and the Pelham Elementary School by voting for Molly’s Google Doodle!  Thanks for your support!

Vote for Molly Baker

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“Meeting Students Where They Are” Report Release by CompetencyWorks

mswta-cover-231x300Today, CompetencyWorks (@CompetencyWorks), an initiative of iNACOL, released a new report, Meeting Students Where They AreThis paper explores how K-12 competency-based schools and districts can more effectively meet students where they are, fully preparing students for success in college, career and life.
Competency-based education (CBE) models are organized to advance learning, starting with where students are in terms of academic, cognitive and lifelong learning skills (growth mindset, habits of work and learning, metacognition, and social and emotional skills). The models stand in stark contrast to traditional education systems, which use a one-size-fits-all approach to delivering grade-level content. Continue reading

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Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

competencyworks-designingforequity_page_01-web-232x300CompetencyWorks releases new publication, Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed.

This publication offers equity strategies for personalized, competency-based education to ensure a more equitable K-12 education system. Districts and schools can use the equity principles within this report to develop an equity agenda within their personalized, competency-based systems. Competency-based education systems, designed to ensure all students achieve success, holds promise as a uniquely powerful model for fostering equity, but only if equity is an intentional design feature embedded in the culture, structure and pedagogy.

Download it at: https://www.inacol.org/resource/designing-equity-leveraging-competency-based-education-ensure-students-succeed/

 

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OPEN NH Spring Session Course Registration is Now Open

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seasonal graphic Spring 2018 Session
Online Course Session Dates: April 11 – May 29

The following courses are Scheduled to RUN:

BP-02 Improving Teacher Success through Effective Mentoring
BP-08 Using Reflective Writing to Develop Metacognition in the Classroom
BP-12 Creating a Successful Response to Intervention Plan
CE-02 Engaging K-12 Students with Digital Portfolios
CE-03 Aligning Curriculum with Standards and Learning Expectations
IE-02 Collaboration in the Digital Classroom
IE-03 Thinking Critically with Data
SE-04 Parental Involvement Strategies to Enhance Student Achievement

Register for Spring 2018 Courses Here!

Register early and save $10.00. Early Bird Special offer ends on March 27, 2018. Continue reading

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