Monthly Archives: January 2014

State of the Union 2014: Opportunity Begins with the Promise of Student-Centered Learning

From opening words reflecting upon the power of education, the President’s address mirrored his commitment to ensure each American has access to a world-class education. This year’s State of the Union continued this pledge and reflected upon priorities such as … Continue reading

Posted in Articles/Reports | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Competency-based education opens new doors

College isn’t what it used to be, and we aren’t talking about professors, football, and frat parties. The cost of a college degree is rising, completion rates are dropping, and student populations are changing. According to the Georgetown Center on … Continue reading

Posted in Articles/Reports | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Check Out What is Happening with Competency Education in New England

Take a peek at the New England Secondary Schools Consortium agenda for the conference High School Redesign in Action March 20-21. It is packed full of sessions on competency education (or proficiency-based if you live in Maine or mastery-based if … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements, Professional Development | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler comments on the State of the Union Address and the E-Rate Program

“Harnessing the power of digital technology is central to improving our education system and our global competitiveness.  In the Internet age, every student in America should have access to state-of-the-art educational tools, which are increasingly interactive, individualized and bandwidth-intensive. The … Continue reading

Posted in Announcements | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What everybody should know about online learning environments

Creating blended/online learning courses is now easier than ever, but there is a growing problem. The diversity of resources now available will actually hamper effective teaching, and thus learning, in the near future.  Blended learning requires an effective delivery system. … Continue reading

Posted in Articles/Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Schools Should Invest in Blended Learning

Blended learning can help sustain and improve K-12 classrooms if school districts start investing in it. That’s the idea that the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation promoted in a CoSN webinar on Tuesday, January 14. As education changes, schools … Continue reading

Posted in Articles/Reports | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Systematic Measurement of Progress toward Competency

Our growing national commitment to early childhood learning success will probably continue to produce mediocre results.  Despite a greater awareness of the importance of early learning success, we still offer preschool and K-3 programs that are substantially the same as … Continue reading

Posted in Articles/Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nashua district enters world of competency-based grading

Students will soon be receiving new report cards with slews of scores that reflect their knowledge and abilities in each course.  The school district is piloting the new competency-based grading system that will track academic progress and provide a detailed … Continue reading

Posted in Articles/Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Ways to Teach Innovation

One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century … Continue reading

Posted in Articles/Reports, Teaching and Learning | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Oklahoma Considering Proficiency-based Promotion

We knew once Robert Sommers became Secretary of Education that it wouldn’t be long until we started to see Oklahoma move towards competency education.  Here are a few of the highlights of the proposed changes in administrative policy that are … Continue reading

Posted in Articles/Reports | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment