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Education Indicators for Maine 2015

Educate Maine

October 2015

Educate Maine sets college and career achievement goals for 2019.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Community Voice & Engagement

Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching

Jobs for the Future and the Council of Chief State School Officers

August 2015

This document serves as a first step in identifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that educators need in order to create and thrive in effective personalized, learner-centered environments.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Personalization

A State Policy Framework for Scaling Personalized Learning


August 2015

States can play a big role in helping districts shape conditions to scale up personalized learning.

Tags: Personalization, Policy

Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

Chris Sturgis

June 2015

This paper describes effective strategies to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students' needs.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Curriculum and Instruction, personalization

Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

April 2015

A series of studies commissioned by Nellie Mae examine how to ensure that all students – especially those who are underserved – get an opportunity to reach college and career readiness.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, College and Career Readiness, Curriculum and Instruction, Equity, Personalization, Technology

Blended Instruction

EDUCATION CONNECTION and Education Development Center (EDC)

April 2015

A student-centered approach to blended instruction can have a positive impact on achievement and 21st century skills, and may narrow the achievement gap for underserved populations.

Tags: 21st Century Skills, Curriculum and Instruction, Equity, Learning Time, Personalization, Technology

Online Courses for Credit Recovery: Promising Practices for High School Teachers

University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

March 2015

This brief highlights findings from a study of 12 Massachusetts high schools with high dropout rates that developed online credit recovery programs as part of the "MassGrad" initiative.

Tags: Assessment, Competency-Based Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Time, Technology

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis

March 2015

Blended learning can be a powerful tool in a competency-based curriculum, allowing for deeper, more personalized student learning.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Personalization

Building Consensus and Momentum: A Policy and Political Landscape for K-12 Competency Education

Lillian Pace, Jesse Moyer, and Matt Williams

February 2015

The rise of competency education will require policy change at many levels to remove time-based barriers that make it difficult to build a student-centered education system.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Policy

An Up-Close Look at Student-Centered Math Teaching

Kirk Walters, Toni M. Smith, Steve Leinwand, Wendy Surr, Abigail Stein & Paul Bailey

November 2014

Can student-centered instruction bolster engagement in high school mathematics classrooms?

Tags: 21st Century Skills, Curriculum & Instruction

Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles

RAND Education and Jobs for the Future

November 2014

This paper examines the equity concerns in competency education through the lens of family income - exploring the effects and implications, as well as proposing potential mitigations.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Equity

An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards From Abroad

Susan Patrick and Sara Frank Bristow

October 2014

Many countries are taking steps away from a time-based educational structure to one based upon personalization and competency.

Tags: Competency-Based Education

Building Multiple Pathways to a High School Diploma: A Cost Study of Non-Traditional Academic Options

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and MassBudget

October 2014

Massachusetts is home to a number of successful schools and programs that use time and other resources flexibly to meet the needs of diverse learners, but these programs remain largely isolated from each other.

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Personalization

Uplifting the Whole Child: Using Wraparound Services to Overcome Social Barriers to Learning

Colin A. Jones

October 2014

This report examines the effectiveness of best practices in wraparound services and estimates costs for implementing these practices more widely.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement

From Learning to Leadership: A Cost Study of Early Career Supports for Teachers

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and MassBudget

October 2014

Intensive professional supports during a teacher’s first few years have been linked to positive effects on job satisfaction, commitment, and retention.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Teachers & School Leaders

The Past and the Promise: Today's Competency Education Movement

Cecilia Le, Rebecca E. Wolfe and Adria Steinberg

September 2014

Competency education is attracting significant interest as a promising way to help meet our national priority of ensuring that all young people are ready for college and careers.

Tags: College and Career Readiness, Competency-Based Education, Learning Time

Personal Opportunity Plans

Carol Miller Lieber

July 2014

Personal Opportunity Plans can help increase school attendance and achievement, graduation rates, and even postsecondary program enrollment and persistence.

Tags: Personalization

Policy Barriers to School Improvement: What's Real and What's Imagined?

Lawrence J. Miller and Jane S. Lee

June 2014

Are policy barriers to school improvement real or imagined?

Tags: Governance & Finance, Policy

Student-Centered Schools Study: Closing the Opportunity Gap

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)

June 2014

How can student-centered learning help close the opportunity gap?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Curriculum & Instruction, Equity

Leadership in Action: What Are Personal Learning Plans?

New England Secondary School Consortium

May 2014

Personal learning plans can bring greater focus, direction, and purpose to the decisions students make about their high school education.

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Personalization