Resources from the iNACOL and AYPF Capitol Hill Forum on Competency-Based Education
Working to educate federal policymakers on the need to transform the nation's education systems, iNACOL and the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) jointly hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill late last month. Following several visits with Members of Congress, the briefing convened more than 50 staffers for an overview of competency-based education, its growth across the country and key policy issues that support it.
Susan Patrick, President and Chief Executive Officer, iNACOL
The briefing was an opportunity for policymakers to examine whether the K-12 educational system in the United States is “fit for purpose” and supports the goals of preparing every student for future success in the workforce, as well as in their personal and professional lives. By bringing together national experts and state and district leaders, this forum highlighted the growth of CBE in state policy, the benefits of CBE, and promising practices taking hold around the country. CBE also enables opportunities for states to align K-12 education with postsecondary education systems and the workforce.
AYPF has compiled several resources from the convening, which you are free to use and share, including:
New Issue Brief Published on Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce
Late last month, iNACOL published a new brief that outlined a new vision for the future of the educator profession, framing a role for federal policymakers to support the alignment of the profession with the opportunities and demands of a 21st-century education system.
Three policy recommendations are identified:
Diversifying pathways into the teaching profession,
Catalyzing innovation to redesign teacher preparation, and
Developing meaningful systems of assessments and evaluation.
The brief also articulates specific policy actions for each recommendation, which include: increasing affordability and instituting incentives to expand and diversify the teacher workforce, supporting innovation in teacher education to enable 21st-century learning, and helping states build balanced systems of assessments to support 21st-century learning.
Register for an Upcoming Webinar on Next-Generation Professional Learning with 2Revolutions
For students to experience the future of learning, we need to transform educator learning. In this first webinar in a series of three presented with 2Revolutions, we will investigate the current state of educator professional learning and unpack why professional learning needs to change. We will examine trends shaping the future of educator learning and envision what a next generation professional learning model could look like. Participants will then apply their learning by designing the Future of Educator Learning experience. Join hosts Natalie Truong, iNACOL Policy Director, along with Adam Rubin, 2Revolutions Founder and Partner, and consultant Katherine Casey on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 3pm Eastern.
Webinar on Competency Education's Most Frequently Asked Questions
Competency-based education, also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based or performance-based education, is a system of education designed to equitably ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career and life. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what makes up an effective competency-based model and what policies need to be in place to fully support it. Click below to register and hear hear from competency education leaders Eliot Levine, iNACOL Research Director, and Susan Patrick, iNACOL President & CEO on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 3pm Eastern.
The First Step in DEI Work Is Looking in the Mirror
Last week, three of iNACOL’s staff: our President and CEO Susan Patrick, our Vice President for Federal and State Policy Maria Worthen, and myself, a Program Manager in communications, attended Promise 54’s DEI Accelerator Convening in Kansas City, Missouri. This gathering was the starting line for an eight-month program of deep work exploring the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization and in the field of education. Leaders and catalysts from more than 40 education organizations across the country gathered to not only hear from prolific speakers and students, but also as a necessary first step, be introspective and begin the complex work of examining ourselves.
The Chugach School District Journey: From Traditional to Transformational Education
The Roots of the Journey: The Chugach School District story of change is based upon the need to meet the needs of all students, and discover a way to put theory into practice to make a difference in their lives. By the mid-1990’s, most of our students were desperately struggling to meet state academic expectations, struggling to read and comprehend at grade level, and encountering barriers to a successful life after high school.
Featured Resource: Communication Strategies for Education Leaders Shifting Toward Competency-Based, Personalized Learning
In this webinar, Chris Sturgis, previously with CompetencyWorks, joined Karla Phillips from ExcelinEd to discuss best practices to communicate about personalized, competency-based learning based on a survey and landscape analysis conducted by ExcelinEd and EdElements. View this webinar, as they delve into message testing and recent trends.
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CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. Bookmark this resource and check often for frequent updates.
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