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Leadership Competencies for Learner-Centered, Personalized Education

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

September 2017

What knowledge, skills, and dispositions must leaders master in order to build student-centered schools and learning environments?

Tags: 21st Century Skills, Teachers & School Leaders

CBE 360 Survey Toolkit

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

September 2017

This toolkit is designed to help schools and districts gather high-quality formative data to gauge progress towards and guide improvement efforts across various stages of competency education implementation. 

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Curriculum & Instruction

How Family, School, and Community Engagement Can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform

Lacy Wood and Emily Bauman

June 2017

What are the key components (practices, challenges, conditions, goals, and outcomes) of promising family-school partnerships that support school- and district-level reform?

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement

An Introduction to the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education

Chris Sturgis and Susan Patrick

June 2017

This paper provides an overview of the goals of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, the four papers that form the basis of discussion at the Summit, and a glossary of terms used in the four papers.

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Equity

Online Courses For Credit Recovery In High Schools: Effectiveness And Promising Practices

UMass Donahue Institute

April 2017

How effective is online credit recovery at increasing student engagement and achievement?

Tags: Assessment, College & Career Readiness, Competency-Based Education

Low-Stakes Completion-Based Funding: A New Approach to Financing Competency-Based Education

Florida SouthWestern State College

November 2016

Tags: Competency-Based Education, Governance & Finance

Results from a Two-Year Study of the Effects of Extended Learning Opportunities on Student Outcomes in New Hampshire

Research for Action

November 2016

What are the effects of ELO participation on short-term and longer-term student outcomes?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Extended Learning Opportunities

Education Indicators for Maine 2016

Educate Maine

October 2016

Is Maine on track to see 70% of eleventh grade students proficient in reading and math by 2019?

Tags: College & Career Readiness, Community Voice & Engagement

Looking Under The Hood Of Competency-Based Education

American Institutes for Research

June 2016

What is the relationship between competency-based education practices and students’ learning skills, behaviors, and dispositions?

Tags: Competency-Based Assessment, Competency-Based Education

Seizing the Moment: Realizing the Promise of Student-Centered Learning

Our Piece of the Pie

May 2016

This brief outlines policy recommendations for supporting student-centered learning at the local, state, and federal level.

Tags: Community Voice & Engagement, personalization, policy

A Qualitative Study of Student-Centered Learning Practices in New England High Schools

Gabriel Reif, M.Ed., Greta Shultz, Ed.D. and Steven Ellis, M.P.A.

April 2016

What does student-centered learning look like in New England high schools?

Tags: Competency-Based Education, personalization, Student Voice & Agency

Student-Centered Learning Opportunities For Adolescent English Learners In Flipped Classrooms

Avary Carhill-Poza, Ph.D. and Panayota Gounari, Ph.D.

April 2016

How can flipped learning support English language learners?

Tags: Curriculum & Instruction, Flipped Learning

The Connected Classroom: Understanding the Landscape of Technology for Student-Centered Learning

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation and Parthenon-EY

December 2015

How can educators leverage technology supports to support student-centered learning?

Tags: Personalization, Technology

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

KnowledgeWorks

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