Competency-based Learning: The New Hampshire Story. Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner NH Department of Education Research to Action Forum on Competency-Based Education December 8, 2011. “How we educate our children in the future will be more important than how much we educate them.”.
Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner
NH Department of Education
Research to Action Forum on Competency-Based Education
December 8, 2011
World is Flat (2.0) 2006
A Conceptual Playing Field of Preparation for College, Career and Life
REAL GOAL LINE
INTERNATIONAL GOAL LINE
CURRENT GOAL LINE
Applying Skills in Context
Along the “Know” axis lies most current practice and student experience, driven by current goal-lines and metrics
Along the “Know-How” axis lie the 21st century skills: developed through authentic/project-based learning, and assessed through performance-based measurements
Key Cognitive Strategies
Key Learning Skills & Techniques
Key Transition Knowledge & Skills
Key Content Knowledge
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on the new learning field?
Most State Testing
on the new learning field?
Better State Tests
Where do the ways we assess student progress today fall inside this learning field?
English Math Science Social Studies Arts & Languages
The ability to understand and integrate
Resources Technology Information Systems Interpersonal
To meet personal, civic, and workplace objectives
Gathers ELO Resources
Develops ELO Plan
Monitors ELO experience
HS Course ‘X’
Just in Time Learning
Demonstration of mastery of competencies
Exhibition of Student Learning
Timberlane juniors MareeMagliochetti and Luke Botting made a documentary film about two Plaistow
World War II veterans. Tom Cullen, seated, is one of the veterans. Their film won the 2008 Ken Burns War Stories
documentary award, and was a jury finalist at the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.
A grade represents a valid and undiluted
indicator of what a student knows
and is able to do – mastery.
With grades we document progress in students and our teaching, we provide feedback to students and their parents, and we make instructional decisions.
DOES YOUR CURRENT SYSTEM OF GRADING PRACTICES REFLECT MASTERY OF APPLICATION CONTENT AND SKILLS?
How do we get
there from here?
“On reflecting on this life I have been struck as much by ‘the silences’ hovering around the talk of education as by the noise of its familiar working.”
Ted Sizer, The Red Pencil
“The first rests in the difference between teaching and learning. Teaching implies a place where educators provide a service for a child within the walls of a school building. Learning reflects what that child is ingesting from all sources, not just those arising from teacherly ministrations.”
“I cannot teach a child well, whom I do not know well. How can I teach that child well, if I do not know her enthusiasms or why she makes mistakes or what seems to be out of sorts for her at a given moment, or what is behind her at home. And no two of our children are alike.”
Paul LeatherDeputy CommissionerNew Hampshire Department of Education(603) 271-3801