RSI Corporate - Licensing

Building a Bridge from 21st Century Learners to 21st Century Earners

Ed Surge – Sajan George

“Millennials are expected to change jobs or employers four times in their first ten years after college graduation. By age 40, they’ll likely have shown up for work with between 10 and 15 employers. This means that our future workforce should expect to have seasons of work, non-work, as well as periods of looking for work in between.”(more)

Illinois schools experiment with competency-based education model

Education Dive – Autumn A. Arnett

“Competency-based education is seeing growth in adult education programs as a way to help graduate more marketable future employees, and now the trend seems to be headed for the K-12 sector as well. The push toward mastery vs. time-in-class should help promote students who are better prepared for life after high school. Many of the adaptive competencies emphasized are the same as the ones employers say today’s workers are lacking, and making the development of these “soft skills” a mandatory part of their education should help close the gap.”(more)

Competency-Based Learning for Teachers

Education Next – Michael B. Horn and Thomas Arnett

“Remember merit badges? The reward for kids who master new skills has been rebooted—for their teachers. So-called “micro-credentials” work a lot like scouting badges. Teachers complete a specific activity to develop a critical competency for their role, and earn a micro-credential based on showing mastery of the skill. They can collect micro-credentials to document growing expertise and share their accomplishments in the classroom. This targeted training is in stark contrast to traditional, strikingly ineffective teacher professional development (PD). With its focus on seat time—awarding credit for showing up to workshops, conferences, or classes—formal PD has ignored whether teachers actually learn new skills, apply them, and improve student outcomes. And with its reliance on generalized, off-the-shelf programs, most formal PD does not target the specific skills or expertise an individual teacher may need to improve her practice.”(more)

5 critical considerations for CBE and CBL implementation

E-School News – Dr. Deborah Everhart

“As schools begin to invest in competency-based education (CBE) and higher ed institutions set up competency-based programs, two of the big questions often unanswered become “is their focus on education or on learning?” And “what’s the difference?” Educators can argue that the characteristics of CBE call for increased attention to learning: clearly defined competencies, flexible time structures for competency mastery, and teacher and faculty roles for mentoring learners, to name a few.”(more)

Touted as the next big solution, competency ed programs that stress skills aren’t always a ‘quick and easy moneymaker,’ study finds

The Hechinger Report – Rick Staisloff and Donna Desrochers

“Concerns about the quality and price of traditional academic programs in higher education have generated interest in competency-based programs that allow students to learn at their own pace, with up to 600 institutions now interested in developing, building or offering these new programs. These new programs offer potential for colleges and universities to set clearer expectations about what students must know, understand and be able to do to earn degrees in specific disciplines or majors — at a lower cost than for traditional degrees.”(more)

3 Tips For Introducing Competency-Based Learning Into K-12

Ed Surge – Mary Jo Madda

“Competency-based learning (CBL) refers to the notion of allowing learners to acquire credits based on goals they hit rather than the amount of time they spend in a chair, affectionately referred to as “seat time.” Yet while the spread of CBL has gained some momentum and popularity over the last few years, there are a number of roadblocks that schools, districts and states still face when attempting to move away from the “seat time” concept. To help ease the stress of introducing competency-based learning into a new environment, EdSurge chatted with a few educators and researchers on the iNACOL floor to hear their tips and tricks for making the push for CBL—and likely any blended or personalized learning program, as well—all the more successful.”(more)