WHY, you may ask, do we need to innovate our education system to TRANS-FORM it
rather than seek to improve or re-form it as we've been doing?
Because the FORM of today's education system cannot adapt and change fast enough to keep up with the rapid changes in our world.
Education systems face a tidal wave - a tsunami - of pressures to adapt to the needs of a rapidly changing 21st century digital age - where the skills and knowledge to be a successful, contributing citizen and employee are not being developed by today's school system.
Kids are struggling, frustrated, and falling further behind every day. Teachers's are struggling to reach and teach this new generation but constrained by a factory-based system of schools designed for the agrarian and industrial ages.
Today's schools and education system was designed like a prison or factory to produce standardized, low skill farm and factory workers who are processed in batches by age, yearly progression, semesters of memorized content in silo subject classrooms (cells?), with weapon detectors at the front door.
This school model is simply unable to nurture the critical skills and competencies all humans need to not just survive but thrive in 21st century reality; to be critical and creative thinkers and problem-solvers, collaborative team players, and self-directed and motivated to learn for life and to navigate their career through a constantly evolving global and technologically-driven economy.
The paradigm shift now underway to replace the old one-size-fits all conveyor belt model is the STUDENT-POWERED PERSONALIZED NETWORK ECOSYSTEM. Today's technologies enable personalized pathways and community-engaged learning in ways just not possible before.
This Deep Personalized Learning (DPL) Ecosystem will replace the one-size-fits-all model of states, districts, schools, and teachers defining and gate-keeping student progress through linear curriculum pathways with periodic minimum proficiency standard tests.
It won't be easy, but this is an unavoidable transformation in education that needs ALL OF US to participate!
For more background and resources on this transformation that is well-underway, see STUDENT-POWERED LEARNING; Personalized, Competency-based to Mastery (edPORTAL, Knowledge Hub tab).
Please JOIN THE MOVEMENT!
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION?
Watch this panel presentation from the
Charter School Association of Nevada Conference
Dr. Mary Alber provides an overview in the first 15 minutes. Jeff Hinton presents examples of personalized learning from A-TECH High.
Part 2 CSAN Presentation:
Dr. Kim Regan presents a video and her model of Personalized Learning used at SNACS; Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School, Washoe Country.
Mark Kushner discusses personalized experiential learning at IMPACT Schools at Lake Tahoe and Truckee - including the challenges and learning he has acquired from opening innovative schools around the country.
Slides from the 15 minute introduction at the CSAN Conference Part 1 above - >
Student Agency =
This video demonstrates the differences between competency education and traditional education (KnowledgeWorks).
The End of Average by Todd Rose - excellent research that explains why standardized, one size fits all education can never meet the needs of MOST students.
Nevada Department of Education's Commission on Education in 2015 heard from experts about personalized learning enabled by technology:
Agenda Item IX: Use of Technology to Support Individualized Learning
Competency & Mastery Education
According to CompetencyWorks, 90% of states are involved in the movement to competency-based education (CBE) - also referred to as proficiency-based learning.
CompetencyWorks' extensive research has yielded actionable information and knowledge about CBE in the K-12 education system that has influenced state and district policy development across the country.
At iNACOL conferences and on-line, people from all over the world meet to share their experiences, collaborate on solutions, and build on-going networks of support to empower every student to succeed.
Nevada Assembly Bill 110 (expected passage June 2017), is authored by the Governor's Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology (Brian Mitchell) will empower the Nevada Dept. of Education to launch an awareness campaign and orchestrate a CBE Pilot Network. This will officially put Nevada "on the map" of states with emerging policies to support CBE programs.
For an excellent introduction to CBE, we recommend this webinar hosted by iNACOL president, Susan Patrick, and CompetencyWorks director, Chris Sturgis:
“An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers” (April 2017)
NVDOE Commission on Education 2015:
iNACOL,s Dale Frost presents on Course Access and Competency-based education
[Agenda Item IX: Use of Technology to Support Individualized Learning]
Meeting the Every Student Succeeds Act's Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning (M. Worthen, D. Frost, iNACOL)
Policy, Pilots, and the Path to Competency-based Education; A Tale of Three States (K. Phillips, C. Schneider, ExcelinEd in partnership with Getting Smart)
Update: Competency-based Education in America (CompetencyWorks, Aug 2016)
Implementing Competency Education K-12 (C. Sturgis, CompetencyWorks, Oct. 2015)
Reaching the Tipping Point; Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England (C. Sturgis, CompetencyWorks, June 2016)
10 Principals of Proficiency-Based Learning,
(Great Schools Partnership)
The Mastery Collaborative of NYC SHIFTING THE PARADIGM OF GRADING AND LEARNING IN NYC SCHOOLS
Education Policy Directions
The Nevada Ready 21 grant program to pilot 1:1 technology use in middle schools was approved in 2105 for $20 million. With signs of success among pilot schools (pgs 41, 57), NR21 is again included in the Governor's 2017-19 budget to expand the number of schools implementing the program.
As of February 2017, the Nevada Legislature is considering Assembly Bill 110 which would establish a network of pilot schools to implement Competency or Mastery-based education programs.
Educate Nevada NOW (ENN) believes that "Every child deserves a quality education" and works to increase education funding and methods of distribution to public schools - including blocking ESA implementation through legislation.
Guinn Center for Policy Priorities - Educating Nevada
Advocates for public school quality excellence and equity via innovation, community engagement, high standards, adequate funding (e.g., preventing reallocation of students & public funds via vouchers, education savings accounts, and privately run charter schools):
Center for Media and Democracy - PR Watch; 172 ALEC education bills cash in on kids in 2015
Dianne Ravitch Blog
Advocates FOR "school choice", vouchers, education savings accounts, charter schools, privatization, and against standards:
Nevada Policy Research Institute; Parents know their children best. That’s why NPRI wants to empower parents to let them choose the school and school system — public, private, online, charter, homeschooling, etc. — that’s best for their child.
Betsy DeVos for Vouchers and School Choice, Thomas Fordham Institute