Competency-Based Education: Define! Design! Deliver! Day 2

 Competency-Based Education:  Define!  Design!  Deliver!

Agenda     Day 2 – June 24

Iowa Events Center – 730 Third Street, Des Moines 

Purpose:

-       To expand the knowledge base of educators and others interested in competency-based education

-       To build the capacity of educators and others to transform the current system of education in Iowa to a system focused on personalized learning for each and every student

 

Schedule/Agenda:

-        Download Schedule/Agenda in Word. 

Internet Access:

-        Network: Iowa ASCD

-        Password: Competency

-        Twitter:  Please use #iacomped to supportthe leadership and learning already occurring in Iowa.

 

Bookstore:

Check out the listing of books at the Iowa ASCD/Iowa DE bookstore.  Get 20% off your final purchase and no shipping charges!  Besides the electronic version with descriptions of the books available, there is a one-page summary in your packet for your convenience in purchasing the books.

 

Credit Option

- If you are interested in receiving one staff development credit, please register.  Attached is the process for registering. 

- If you have any questions, please contact our course instructor, Jason Ellingson (JEllingson@collins-maxwell.k12.ia.us)

 

Evaluation:

-        Be sure to turn in your evaluation at the end of the conference.

 

Videography:

  •  If a video camera is set up in a session where you attend and you prefer not to be in a video, please tell the videographer at the beginning of the session. Otherwise, your presence indicates permission to video.

Websites with Additional Resources for Competency-Based Education:

-        Iowa Department of Education:  Competency-Based Education  

-        Iowa ASCD: Competency-Based Education

 

Twitter:

-        Follow Iowa ASCD @IowaASCD

-        Follow the Iowa Department of Education @IADeptofED

 

 

Agenda     Day 2 – June 24

Iowa Events Center – 730 Third Street, Des Moines,  IA 

8:00 – 9:00 A.M.

 

 

Registration                   Enjoy coffee, juice, fruit and pastries and networking with your colleagues.

The bookstore is also available for your perusal. Credit card, cash, and purchase orders are accepted.

This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues from Iowa and across the nation.

Rooms:  Registration in main area with continental breakfast in the Upper Level Foyer

 

9:00 – 10:15

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 – 10:15

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 – 10:15

Break-out sessions

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Break

10:15 – 10:30

The Competency Education Toolkit for Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction, and Grading

Presenter:  Rose Colby, Author of Off the Clock

Note:  This session was also provided on Day 1.

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an understanding for the use of a variety of tools and templates available to the participants to assist in their development of the four areas of competency architecture: Curriculum (Competencies and performance indicators), Assessment (performance tasks and projects), Instruction (unit and project design templates), and grading system reform.

Resources: 

Presiding:  Ottie Maxey

Room: 316

“Blending K-8”

Presenter:  Tom Vander Ark, Author of Getting Smart

This session is for educational leaders who are ready to seize this opportunity and shift to blended learning. Implementing blended learning is a complex project that changes roles, structures, schedules, staffing patterns, and budgets. We’ll examine what this looks like in elementary and middle schools around the country.

Resources:

  • Blended Learning Implementation Guide 
  • Making Math Work                                                                                                                                                                        

Presiding:  Pam Zeigler

Rooms: 317

“Exploring the Future of K-12 Teaching

Presenter: Katherine Prince, Senior Director, Strategic Foresight, KnowledgeWorks

This presentation was also given on Day 1.

This session may be of special interest to our higher ed partners.

At a time when trends shaping the future of learning forecast dramatic changes to the fundamental structures of education, it is important, given the crucial role that teachers play in young people’s lives, to be intentional about how we design for adults’ roles in supporting learning.  What might teaching look like in ten years?  How might choices that we make about teaching today affect not just teachers’ experiences of their profession but also the very design of learning itself and, most importantly, the extent to which we are able to support all learners in achieving their fullest potential?  This session will explore four scenarios for the future of teaching along with possible educator roles.

Resources:

Presiding: Pam Vogel

Room:  318

Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School

Presenter:  James Rickabaugh, Author of Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School and Director of the Institute at CESA #1 in Wisconsin

This session may be of special interest to our higher ed partners.

Where can we focus our attention to have the greatest impact on student performance? Why do we spend so many resources and so much time on reform initiatives that generate so little in terms of improved student learning? What are the characteristics of initiatives that are most likely to make a real difference? This session, presented by Dr. James Rickabaugh, - one of the co-authors of the recently published book, Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School will provide a simple, but powerful model you can use with your team and school. The book is based on more than forty years of research and experience about what does and does not work related to improving learning for students.

Resources: 

  • This book is available in the bookstore.

Presiding: Sara Oswald

Room: 308

“Tackling the Transition: Examining the K-12 and Postsecondary Systems within the Competency-Based Education Context”

Presenter: Kate Nielson and Iris Palmer, National Governors Association 

This session may be of special interest to our higher ed partners.

As states around the country begin to challenge the old time-based system by introducing competency-based education, there is a need to address and link both the K-12 and postsecondary systems. The systems share similarities in the policy barriers and communications issues faced in the transition to competency-based education but there are also stark differences. This session will examine how both systems approach the changing role of educators, assessment and accountability, and funding structures. It will also examine the transition point between high school and higher education as pertains to dual enrollment opportunities and remediation.

Resources:

Presiding: Becky Martin

Room: 319

“Competency-Based Education (CBE):  Graduate Expectations, Universal Constructs, and Subject Areas”

Presenter: Kim Carter, QED Foundation

Note:  This is Part 4 in a six-part series to prepare you to write competencies.

This session may be of special interest to our higher ed partners.

This fourth session in the six CBE-session series will continue the hands-on development work, digging more deeply into the process of developing a system of competencies, based on graduate expectations and Iowa’s universal constructs.

Resources:

Presiding:  Holly Barnes

Room:  306

“Why Is Change Needed:  How Do We Get Stakeholder Involvement?”

This is Part I in a three-part series on stakeholder engagement.  It was also available on Day 1.

Presenter:  Doug Finn, Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC)

Participants will learn engaging tools and processes so that they are able to run stakeholder meetings that focus on getting stakeholders to realize the necessity for change in our current system.

Resources:

                                                                                                                                                                          Presiding: Tim Felderman

Room: 307                                                         

 

 

 

 

10:30 – 11:45 A.M.

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:30 – 11:45 A.M.

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

 

 

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Blended Secondary: College and Career Ready Guidance and Support”

Presenter:  Tom Vander Ark, Author of Getting Smart

This session may be of special interest to our higher ed partners.

Blended learning is not just another district initiative. It is a fundamental redesign of instructional models with the goal of accelerating learning toward college and career readiness. Blended learning is transforming high schools around the country. We’ll examine school models and student benefits of blended high schools.

Resources:

                                                                                                                                                       Presiding:  PamZeigler

Room:  317

From NCLB to CBE: Identifying a New Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education

This presentation was also given on Day 1 for the participants’ convenience.

Presenter:  Lillian Pace, Senior Director of National Policy, KnowledgeWorks

With an increasing number of communities and states across the country considering adoption of competency-based education systems, it is apparent that federal policy remains one of the biggest roadblocks to implementation. Accountability and assessment policies from the nation’s K-12 education law, No Child Left Behind, force innovators to build two school districts: one to satisfy federal requirements and the other to fulfill their vision of highly-personalized, competency-based learning for all students. This session will identify the major policy barriers for competency-based education and explore solutions that would give communities and states the flexibility to explore and scale this work. This session will also share insights from discussions in Washington, D.C. on competency education including emerging policy victories and concerns. These insights will help participants hone their advocacy skills when discussing their work with policymakers.

Resources:

                                                                                                                                                       Presiding: Pam Vogel

Room:  318

“AIW and CBE”

Presenters:  Jeff Watson and David Perrigo, Principals at Collins-Maxwell Community School District (Members of the Iowa Department of Education’s Collaborative on Competency-Based Education)

Collins-Maxwell administrators return to continue the discussion of teachers' learning, students learning, and the administrators' own learning, as they have continued down the path of Authentic Intellectual Work, and as they continue to explore competency based education in the Collins-Maxwell School District. They will share their new experiences and learnings in addition to highlighting the connections between these two learning frameworks.

Resources:

Presiding: Kevin Vidergar

Room:  320

Strategies to Build Learner Independence

Presenter:  James Rickabaugh, CESA 1 Director and Author of Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School

Often, motivating and engaging students are seen as the end-points necessary to capture and hold attention so that learning will occur. In reality, these are starting places, entry points to a set of skills that can move students toward what we really need – students who not only will learn, but are capable of learning without external supports and continuing to learn throughout their lifetimes. James Rickabaugh will discuss the Institute @ CESA #1’s Learning Independence Continuum, which demonstrates the synergistic power of motivation, engagement, self-efficacy, ownership, and independence. Dr. Rickabaugh will share the connections among the characteristics and the strategies, techniques and approaches that work to help students become accomplished, independent learners.

Resources:

                                                                                                                                                       Presiding: Sara Oswald

Room:  308

“The Glenwood Community School District:  From Myth to Reality”

Presenters:  Kelli Burke, Director of Curriculum and Special Education; Rick Nickerson, High School Assistant Principal; Heidi Stanley, Middle School Principal; and Genie Wickham, West Elementary Principal; Glenwood Community Schools

This presentation will focus on the journey toward mastery learning in elementary, middle school and high school settings and the district level. Presenters will share their experiences and challenges that had to be addressed along the way during this past school year.

Resources:

Presiding: Becky Martin

Room:  319

“Competency-Based Education (CBE):  Learning Progressions and Scoring Guides”

Presenter: Kim Carter, QED Foundation

Note:  This is Part 5 in a six-part series to prepare you to write competencies.

This session may be of special interest to our higher ed partners.

The fifth of the six CBE-session series will investigate the critical roles of learning progressions and scoring guides in competency-based education, with participants engaging with a protocol for developing scoring guides (aka rubrics).

Resources:

Presiding: Holly Barnes

Room: 306

“Getting Stakeholders to Own Our New Educational System by Creating a Shared Vision”

This is Part 2 in a three-part series on stakeholder engagement.  It was also available on Day 1.

Presenter:  Doug Finn, Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC)

Participants will learn engaging tools and processes that can be used to collect and incorporate feedback from all stakeholders to create a shared vision, focusing around the question: “What do we want our educational system to look like for our students?”  

Resources:

                                                                                                                                                 Presiding: Tim Felderman

Room:  307

 

 

11:45 – 12:30

 

Lunch

 

 

Break 12:30 – 12:45

Lunch and Networking 

Presiding:  Sandra Dop, Competency-Based Education, Iowa Department of Education; Jason Ellingson, Superintendent of Collins-Maxwell Community School District and Past President of Iowa ASCD

12:15 – Sandra Dop will share the next steps of the Department of Education and the CBE Collaborative.  Jason Ellingson will highlight upcoming conferences and work of Iowa ASCD.  Iowa ASCD will also donate a few books and two conference certificates as “prizes” for this conference.

Room:  Northern Grand Ballroom, Upper Level

 

12:45 - 2:00 P.M.

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs.

Performance Tasks and Assessments - The Heart of Competency Education

 Presenter:  Rose Colby, Author of Off the Clock

Note:  This presentation was also given on Day 1. 

Competency requires that learners show what they know.  High quality performance tasks with accompanying assessments provide the venue for clear indicators of proficiency and mastery of competency.  This session is designed to gain an overview of a continuum of assessment tasks that can be used in building a high quality competency assessment system.

Resources:

Presiding:  Ottie Maxey

Room: 316

 

12:45 – 2:00

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:45 – 2:00

 

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:45 – 2:00

Break-out sessions

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

Break:  2:00 – 2:15

Five Key Shifts in Thinking and Practice for Teachers in a Personalized Learning Environment”

Presenter:  James Rickabaugh, Author of Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School and Director of the Institute at CESA #1 in Wisconsin

This session may be of special interest to our higher ed partners.

Traditionally, a teacher’s job has been to know the standards and curriculum, decide on the pace, prepare lessons and teach these to the students in his or her classroom. The student’s job was to learn the material in the way it was presented by the teacher. In a personalized learning environment, there is a fundamental shift to this relationship. Learner and teacher are repositioned and their relationship becomes interdependent. They now work together to ensure the standards are met and curriculum is learned.

In this break-out session, James Rickabaugh, Director of the Institute @ CESA #1, will explore the implications of a personalized learning environment on instructional practices. Dr. Rickabaugh will cover the five shifts that are necessary for teachers to make when implementing personalized learning in their classroom and engage participants in discussions around key questions for each shift.

Resources:  Dr. Rickabaugh has indicated that there are no additional resources for this presentation.

Presiding: Sara Oswald

Room: 308

“Leadership at All Levels” 

Presenter:  David Perrigo and Jeff Watson, Principals at Collins-Maxwell Community School District (Members of the Iowa Department of Education’s Collaborative for Competency-Based Education)

This session will review the KASAB (knowledge, attitude, skills, aspirations and behaviors) model of planning for change and how this model was used to address moving towards a Competency Based Education system. Collins-Maxwell administrators will show how this model has helped define professional development and work for stakeholder groups as they continue to explore a Competency Based Education system. 

Resources:

                                                                                                                                                                         Presiding: Kevin Vidergar

Room: 320

Supporting the Shift to CBE: Developing a Professional Learning Plan

Presenter:  Andrea Stewart, Muscatine Community School District (Member of the Iowa Department of Education’s Collaborative for Competency-Based Education)

When shifting from a time-based system to one where time becomes variable in order for the learning to be constant, it is important to create professional learning that meets your district's current state while simultaneously pushing the system beyond the brick and mortar of past paradigms. This session outlines the necessary professional learning for various levels in the organization and provides resources from both an Iowa district and from those surfacing across the country as districts share their successes.

Resources:

Presiding: Pam Vogel

Room: 318

“Iowa BIG – A ‘Student First, Curriculum Second’ CBE Experience”

Presenter:  Shawn Cornally and Trace Pickering of Cedar Rapids Community Schools (Members of the Iowa Department of Education’s Collaborative for Competency-Based Education.

This session may be of special interest to our higher ed partners.

Iowa BIG is a Cedar Rapids & College Community School District educational program with 40+ business and non-profit partners. BIG learning is fueled by student passion & interest as they engage in authentic, community-facing projects with real audiences where they learn and demonstrate core academic standards and 21st century/employability competencies.

Resources:

Presiding: Becky Martin

Rooms: 309/310 (Double Room)

“Competency-Based Education (CBE):  Assessments as the Ultimate Game-Changer”

Presenter: Kim Carter, QED Foundation

Note:  This is Part 6 in a six-part series to prepare you to write competencies.

This session may be of special interest to our higher ed partners.

The final session in the six CBE-session series investigates various assessment pathways and processes, exploring the pivotal role of assessment as the ultimate game-changer for successful learning for all students in a competency-based education system.

Resources:

                                                                                                                                                                         Presiding: Holly Barnes

Room:  306

“Developing Implementation Transparency for All Stakeholders”

Note:  This is Part 3 in a three-part series on stakeholder engagement. It was also available on Day 1.

Presenter:  Doug Finn, Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (RISC)

Participants will learn engaging tools and skills to assist in creating involvement and understanding among stakeholders about the implementation process. Participants will also engage in conversations around potential next steps of implementation.

Resources:

Presiding: Tim Felderman

Room: 307                                                         

 

 

2:15 – 3:30 P.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for attending the conference.

 

“Panel Q & A” 

Panelists:  National Presenters - Rose Colby, Jim Rickabaugh, Lillian Pace, Katherine Prince, and Kim Carter

Do you still have questions about how to define, design and deliver transformational education systems in Iowa?  Finish your conference experience with our national experts sitting with you to offer solutions, insights and encouragement to improve learning for every student in Iowa.

Resources:

Moderators: Sandra Dop and Jason Ellingson

Room:  Northern Grand Ballroom, Upper Level


This session is sponsored by Learning.com.

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