• How Misconceptions About Competency Education Could Undermine Equity

    Author: Chris Sturgis This post originally appeared on CompetencyWorks. For several years, the fields of personalized learning, competency-based education, and blended learning were having definitional issues with the terms often being used either synonymously or to describe very discrete...

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  • How Competency Education Drives Equity

    Author: Chris Sturgis This post originally appeared on CompetencyWorks. Equity is at the heart of competency education. It developed in response to the time-based A-F graded system, which allows students to advance without prerequisite skills and results in harmful variation of proficiency...

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  • Addressing Equity Issues in Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

    Author: Chris Sturgis This post originally appeared on CompetencyWorks. Innovators and early adopters of competency education want to do right by kids. This means being empowered to make decisions that are based on the educational and developmental needs of students – not responding...

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  • Measuring Success of Innovative School Practices

    Authors: Dalia Hochman and Saro Mohammed Both of our organizations—NGLC and The Learning Accelerator (TLA)—support educators working to bring new ideas to schools. We may call these ideas different things such as  “personalized learning”’ or “blended...

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  • Constant Learning and Creative Response: Charting the Course in Personalized Learning

    Authors: Janice Vargo and Mike Wolking At Education Elements we try to walk the walk of personalized learning. We strive to make our workshops interactive, upbeat, and fun. We create space for spirited large and small group discussion, and we honor time for quiet individual processing and...

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  • Building 21’s Competency Design and Dashboard

    Our NGLC site visit to Philadelphia in early June explored three of the city’s innovative schools: the Workshop School and Building 21 (NGLC grantees) as well as Science Leadership Academy. One of our site visit participants expressed:   “These schools exhibit a set of core...

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  • Teachers! Your Next Big Role! “Research Collaborator”

    This post originally appeared on the ETR blog. By Shannon Campe, ETR   I’m an educational researcher and a teacher. I recruit and work with teachers for classroom-based and after-school programs that are part of research projects. If you are a teacher, I have something I ...

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  • Next Generation Learning Recap: June 2016

    Get up-to-date with this roundup of news items and good reads from the past month in K-12 next generation learning. Measures That Matter Most, NGLC “In dreaming up this project, next generation educators told us that it would be helpful to learn how some of the most innovative schools...

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  • School’s Out for the Summer! Next Gen Educators Share Reflections on Learning

    The end of the year is a natural time for educators to pause and reflect.  Reflection depends on careful observation and analysis of practice as well as experimentation with innovative ideas and strategies. By sharing learning transparently and publicly, the community of educators can learn...

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  • Presentations of Learning at the Workshop School

    Philadelphia is known for its history—first capital of our nation, signing the Declaration of Independence—and for its cheesesteak—rivals Pat’s vs. Geno’s. Do you know how the City of Brotherly Love does next gen learning? More than 40 NGLC network educators,...

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