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Introduction to “Creating and Managing a Competency Based Educational Environment that Values Student Voice and Pace"

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Welcome to the unit Creating and Managing a Competency-Based Educational Environment that Values Student Voice and Pace. The learning objectives in this unit include analyzing the role of assessment in creating tiered assignments, assessing student progress, and determining competency-based mastery; developing a rubric to measure the authentic assessment included in your competency-based unit; developing a student-centered tool to track progress, self-evaluate, and reflect on progress toward meeting the outcomes of the competency-based unit; and reflecting on how competency-based instruction and Deeper Learning can prepare students for college and career in a global society.

We'll begin this unit by addressing the learning objective of analyzing the role of assessment in creating tiered assignments, assessing student progress, and determining competency-based mastery. We'll begin this learning objective by simply discussing the various types of assessments you might already be incorporating in your classroom and other types of assessments you may not have yet considered implementing.

We'll also explore various types of rubrics that you can use to assess student progress towards meeting their competencies and goals. And then we'll look at how these various types of assessments can come into play in both Competency-Based Education and Deeper Learning. We'll talk about the special role that pre-assessments can play, especially as you are looking at creating tiered assignments to use with your students. Throughout all of these tutorials, you'll be able to reflect on what strategies you are already implementing. And you'll also be able to try out some new strategies that you think might be a great fit for your students and your classroom.

After discussing all these various assessment types and rubric styles, you'll be ready to create your own rubric that is going to measure the authentic assessment that is included in your competency-based unit. We'll look at several different online rubric generators that you may wish to use to create your rubric. I'll share with you some specific tips for creating rubrics. And then, finally, you'll actually go through the process of creating a rubric that you can use right away with your students.

We spend a lot of time in education talking about assessments and the value of incorporating assessments into our classroom routines. But we don't tend to spend as much time talking about actually how to grade those assignments and how to effectively and appropriately use the assessment results. So this learning objective is really going to help us to pinpoint the specific ways in which you can assess student performance and the ways in which you can use those assessment results.

After developing your rubric, our next learning objective will guide you through the process of developing a student-centered tool that students can use to track their own progress, to self-evaluate, and to reflect on their progress toward meeting the outcomes of the competency-based unit. We'll begin this learning objective by just discussing the purpose of self-reflection and of self-assessment and of student self-tracking in the classroom. Why would we want students to engage in these activities? What are the benefits? What is the value of having students go through this process?

Then you'll learn about some conditions that can help to promote effective and meaningful student reflection. Here you'll find some tips that you can incorporate with your students right away to help them begin the process of reflecting on their performance in your classroom, no matter what type of assessment you've used with them or what type of rubric or other scale you've used to grade them or to assess their progress. They'll still be able to use some of these tools to reflect on their own progress in your class and to make some decisions, then, about how they're going to approach their learning in the future.

And finally, we'll talk about using portfolios and data binders with students as tools, again, to help them track their progress. Both portfolios and data binders are methods that districts all across the country are using with their students in order to monitor student progress and keep a record of student performance throughout their entire K-12 education. So you might already be familiar with some of these methods. But if not, I'll give you a good solid introduction to both portfolios and data binders. And you'll learn not only some of the benefits of using these tools, but also some tips, again, for implementing them with your students if you would like to do that.

The final learning objective is going to be reflecting, then, on how competency-based instruction and Deeper Learning can help to prepare students for college and career readiness in a global society. So we'll have learned about all of these various types of assessments that you can use with your students. And we will have talked about proficiency skills and rubrics that you can use to measure students' performance on these assessments. But we always need to keep in mind that the overarching goal that we're working towards is preparing students for their future educational opportunities and their future careers. So we are trying to provide them with the skills that they are going to need to be successful in their futures.

So in this learning objective, we'll recap the basics of Competency-Based Education and of Deeper Learning. And then we'll reflect on how both CBE and Deeper Learning can impact students' college and career readiness skills.

Having successfully and effectively employed a variety of assessments with your students, both formative and summative, having used proficiency scales and rubrics to measure students' success on those assessments, and having helped your students learn to self-track and self-reflect throughout this process as well, you'll really have implemented a system in your classroom that will truly help students to gain those real-world skills that they need through the implementation of CBE techniques, Deeper Learning principles, and other methodologies that you are currently employing in your classroom.

To recap, in this unit, the learning objectives include analyzing the role of assessment in creating tiered assignments, assessing student progress, and determining competency-based mastery; developing a rubric to measure the authentic assessment included in your competency-based unit; developing a student-centered tool to track progress, self-evaluate, and reflect on progress toward meeting the outcomes of the competency-based unit; and reflecting on how competency-based instruction and Deeper Learning can prepare students for college and career in a global society.

So welcome to the unit. I hope you'll join me in my other tutorials in this unit as we approach all four of these learning objectives. Thanks for watching. Have a great day.

Notes on "Introduction to “Creating and Managing a Competency Based Educational Environment that Values Student Voice and Pace"

(00:00 - 00:44) Introduction

(00:45 - 01:50) Learning Objective #1

(01:51 - 02:43) Learning Objective #2

(02:44 - 04:28) Learning Objective #3

(04:29 - 05:56) Learning Objective #4

(05:57 - 06:31) Review of Learning Objectives

(06:32 - 06:43) Welcome to the Unit