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Jason Finley

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers? | MindShift - 3 views

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    "'The tests we rely on so heavily really don't measure creative thinking and they don't measure common sense thinking, wisdom, ethics, work ethic - they don't measure your character,' Sternberg said. In his view, students go to college to develop into active and engaged citizens. If colleges kept that ultimate goal in mind in their admissions process, it would send a message to high schools about the skills that universities value and want to see in prospective students."
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    "Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a public magnet high school in Philadelphia is a fairly young school, just eight years old. But in that short time, it's developed a reputation around the country as a shining example of the merits of inquiry-based learning approach. Colleges sometimes have a difficult time understanding the school's approach to developing autonomous, critical thinkers. For example, SLA doesn't offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, because making students take a summative test at the end of the year is antithetical to the concept of allowing students to guide their own learning based on interest and collaborative work - and just as importantly, the value of the incremental learning process."
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    On the Minerva Project...

    "In fact, in the first year the students will take four courses: Multi-modal Communication, Complex Systems, Empirical Systems, and Computational Sciences. The intention is for traditionally separate subjects to be integrated if they involve complimentary skills.

    COMPETENCY-BASED UNIVERSITIES

    As the Minerva experiment develops, some existing universities are taking steps to award college credit based on skills learned, not the amount of time they've been enrolled."
Jason Finley

Tom Vander Ark: Show What You Know - 2 views

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    "Like diplomas, credentialing is a market signalling activity -- credentials tell the world what you know and can do. With all of the new learning options, it is becoming more important to have widely recognized means to show what you know and can do."
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    This is the evolution of education. Certificates of Focus, online learning, competency-based learning, internships, ELOs...the signs are everywhere. It is just going to take a school with the guts to blow up the system and make real and deep changes.
Jason Finley

AAEEBL: It's All About Evidence-Based Learning--Supported by ePortfolios -- Campus Tech... - 2 views

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    "...the key to understanding ePortfolios is realizing that what you're looking at is a supporting technology that opens up an enormous range of potential for evidence-based learning."
Susan Hennessey

Transformation: Redefining Public Education for the 21st Century | NH Department of Edu... - 7 views

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    An inspiring look at NH's work toward transformation and policy change.
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    One of the four stated goals is to "Help Higher Ed partner with K-12 schools."
    What ways can Vermont high schools work with our state colleges?
    For me, I'd like to see the opportunity for high school students to take all of their courses through CCV or other state schools their senior year.
Jason Finley

When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generatio... - 3 views

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    "...draws on interviews and site visits with innovators and the limited literature that has been developed on the topic of competency-based approaches.

    The first section introduces a working definition for competency-based pathways that hopefully will be the beginning of creating consensus on the characteristics of a high-quality approach to guide policy.

    The second section explores the driving forces behind competency-based innovations and implementation issues.

    The last section highlights a number of challenges facing states and districts as they explore competency-based approaches."
Susan Hennessey

Toward a Competency-Based Learning System -- THE Journal - 3 views

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    "Competency-based learning is a proposed alternative to traditional K-12 advancement that allows students to progress at their own pace as they master the subject matter rather progressing after a fixed interval--a pre-defined amount of "seat time" in the classroom"
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