The Why, What and How of Micro-credentials

The Why, What and How of Micro-credentials
by Christina Sprader, Associate Director Why Many schools across the country are in the midst of shifting from an instructional centered paradigm to a learner centered paradigm. At the Institute, we often talk about developing “POWERful” learners, who are full of Purpose, Ownership, Wonder, Efficacy, and Responsibility. In order to make the shift however, we need to design a system that develo...
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Assessment as Evidence of Learning – INFOGRAPHIC

Assessment as Evidence of Learning – INFOGRAPHIC
Shifting from Educator Driven to Learner Driven In a previous post, we examined the element Assessment as Evidence of Learning in depth. We also talked about how assessment elements are incorporated into all levels of the Honeycomb Model to ensure a balanced system of assessment throughout the learning process, and used to guide learning and drive future instruction. Another component of inc...

Assessment as Evidence of Learning

Assessment as Evidence of Learning
Twas the night before the assessment when out on the porch Blake and Susan were prepping, each with a different approach. One assessment was crafted by the teacher with care, With hope that the students would show up prepared.   The children were talking about how much they’ve learned, With visions of proficiency showing what they earned. And mama with a reminder to do their best, Had jus...

Connect, Consume, Create & Contribute at the 2017 Convening!

Connect, Consume, Create & Contribute at the 2017 Convening!
Are you heading to the National Convening on Personalized Learning next week? The goals of the Convening have always been to share what’s working, provide networking opportunities, and stretch the thinking of participants around personalized learning topics and practices. As the largest conference in the country exclusively focused on personalized learning, it’s a great opportunity to take your un...
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Personalized Professional Development through Gamification

Personalized Professional Development through Gamification
by Sarah Mumm, Director of Education Services for Kaneland School District Have you ever played Flippy Cup at work?   Have you ever wanted to escape your PD session after 10 seconds of being in the session? Have you ever raced through the day and competed with your peers to see who can learn the most and identify ways to implement your learning?   If you are intrigued by any of those stat...