Competency-Based Education: Define! Design! Deliver!

Competency-Based Education:  Define!  Design!  Deliver

Agenda     Day 1 – June 23

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

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.

-        Long form schedule for Day 1 is listed below with resources provided by presenters.

 

Internet Access:

-        Network: Iowa ASCD

-        Password: Competency

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

 

Bookstore:

Check out attached listing of books available  at the Iowa ASCD bookstore.  Get 20% off your final purchase and no shipping charges!  Besides this 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.

 

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:  Iowa Department of Education   

-        Iowa ASCD:  Competency-Based Education  

 

Twitter:

-        Follow Iowa ASCD @IowaASCD

-        Follow the Iowa Department of Education @IADeptofED

 

Agenda     Day 1 – June 23

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:  Open registration is in main area with continental breakfast in the Upper Level Foyer.

9:00 – 10:15 A.M.

Keynote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Break 10:15 – 10:30

Keynote:  Exploring the Future of Learning

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

As forecast in KnowledgeWorks’ Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem and the related infographic, “A Glimpse into the Future of Learning,” education in the United States is facing a decade of deep disruption as the digital revolution and the cultural and social changes that have accompanied it challenge the sector’s fundamental structure.  We are moving toward a diverse learning ecosystem in which “school” will take many forms, learners and their families will create individualized learning playlists, and radical personalization of learning approaches and supports will become the norm.  What might the emergence of a vibrant and adaptive learning ecosystem mean for the ways in which schools operate, teachers teach, and school leaders interact with their communities?  What new challenges might we face?  What new possibilities might we create?  This conversation will explore the future and what it might mean for education in Iowa and beyond.

Resources:

Presiding: Welcome by Sandra Dop with introductions by Jason Ellingson

Rooms:  Northern Grand Ballroom, Upper Level

 

10:30 - 11:45

 

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:30 - 11:45

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:30 - 11:45

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Presenter:  Rose Colby, Author of Off the Clock

Note:  This session will be provided again on Day 2.

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

Rooms:  316

“Five Decisions to Make When Implementing Blended Learning”

Presenter:  Tom Vander Ark, Author of Getting Smart

Tom will walk through the five decisions that school leaders will need to make when implementing blended learning.  The decision discussion will include strategy, school models, platform and content, devices and staffing and development. This session will serve as an introduction for Tom sessions to follow.

Resources:

Presiding: Pam Zeigler

Room:  317

“Exploring the Future of K-12 Teaching

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

Note:  This presentation will be repeated on Day 2.

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:  Becky Martin

Room: 318

Creating the Case for Competencies

Presenter:  Dana Schon, School Administrators of Iowa

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

Do you hear from skeptics who question the value and potential impact of a competency-based approach? Are you challenged to provide evidence of influence? During this interactive session, delve into the research base (it really is EXCITING!) that supports CBE and surface the key findings that will help to move the CBE conversation forward in your districts, organizations, and communities.

Resources:  

                                                                                                                                                                

Presiding:  Susan Pecinovsky

Room:  320

“Making Sense of CBE, SBG and Personalized Learning”

Presenters: Matt Townsley Director of Instruction & Technology at Solon Community Schools, and Lisa Wilson, Programs/Services Administrator at GWAEA, both members of the Iowa Department of Education’s Collaborative Team for Competency-Based Education

Across the country educators are trying to make sense of new approaches to improve education and how to implement them with quality. This session is designed to help participants understand and connect three approaches currently occurring in Iowa to help students love learning and achieve at much higher levels.  Participants will gain an understanding of how Iowa is defining Competency Based Education, Standards Based Grading, and Personalized Learning.

Resources:

                                                                                                                                                                Presiding:  Sara Oswald

Room:  309/310 (Double Room)

“CBE 101”

Presenter: Sandra Dop, Co-Chair of Conference, Iowa Department of Education

Iowa Code and Chapter 12 allow credit based on competencies rather than seat time.  Join this session if you are wondering; What does that mean for me and my school/district/institution as we investigate/implement/prepare educators for this work?  What is CBE and what does it look like? Where do we find resources?  How do we connect to others doing this work? 

Resources:

Presiding:  Pam Vogel

Room:  319

Competency-Based Education (CBE):  A System of Relationships ”

Presenter: Kim Carter, QED Foundation

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

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

The first of a series of six CBE sessions, this session will engage participants in an interactive exploration of the relationships between and among the components of Iowa's CBE system, including Iowa guidelines/definitions, standards and competencies, graduate expectations and universal constructs, and scoring guides and learning progressions.

Resources:

Presiding:  Holly Barnes

Room: 306

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

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

Note:  This is Part I in a three-part series on stakeholder engagement and will be repeated on Day 2.

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: 

Room: 307                                                         

 

11:45 – 12:50

 

Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

Break 12:50 – 1:00

Lunch: 

Keynote:  “A Transformation, Not a Tweak“

Presenter:  Dr. Brad Buck, Director of Iowa Department of Education

As we ask ourselves what we what students to know and be able to do, we should also ask what we want our schools to "know and be able to do." Competency-based education is a transformation, but it doesn't leave behind the fact that we need educational opportunities for students to become proficient at rigorous standards and the universal constructs; top quality educators, including teachers who are leaders in the work and promote student leadership and ownership of learning, and customized instruction connected to student interests and passions.

Resources:  A Transformation, Not a Tweak PowerPoint

Presiding: Mike Knedler, State Board of Education with introduction of Mr. Knedler by Sandra Dop

Rooms:  Northern Grand Ball Room, Upper Level

 

1:00 – 2:15 P.M.

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

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1:00 – 2:15 P.M.

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 – 2:15 P.M.

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

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Break:  2:15 – 2:30

Performance Tasks and Assessments--the Heart of Competency Education

Presenter:  Rose Colby, Author of Off the Clock

Note:  This session will be provided on Day 2 as well for participants’ convenience.

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

“Tips, Tools & Schools: Competency-Based Learning”

Presenter:  Tom Vander Ark, Author of Getting Smart

 The shift from cohorts to competency-based learning is happening in schools across the country. This session will explore how competency education has the potential to connect learning to students’ passions and interests, drawing them toward higher order thinking and, therefore, deeper learning.

Resources:

  • The Shift from Cohorts to Competency                                                                                                                                                  
Presiding:  Pam Zeigler

Room:  317

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

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

Note:  This presentation will also be presented on Day 2 for the participants’ convenience.

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:  Becky Martin

Room:  318

“Standards-Based Grading:  One CBE Entry Point”

Presenter:  Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction & Technology, Solon Community Schools, Member of the Iowa Department of Education’s Collaborative Team on Competency-Based Education

This session will discuss changing classroom, building and/or district grading practices as an entry point into competency-based education.  The session facilitator will share experiences from both the classroom and district perspectives.

Resources:

Presiding: Sara Oswald

Rooms:  309/310 (Double Rooms)

Competencies and 'Personalized' Learning: Are They Truly Disruptive Innovations?

Presenter: Scott McLeod, Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

This session will be repeated at 2:30 today.

In this session we'll dive deep into what it really means for learning to be 'personalized' and whether competency-based education is truly a disruptive innovation or just old wine in new bottles. Bring your computing device and be prepared to be an active discussant!

Resources:  Multiple Resources of Scott McLeod                                                                                                                                                     Presiding: Susan Pecinovsky

Rooms: 320

“Defining College and Career Readiness for Iowa”

Presenters:  Mary L. Delagardelle, Iowa Department of Education; Al Rowe, Kirkwood Community College, and Carl Smith, Iowa State University 

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

Participants will have an opportunity to review a draft definition of college and career readiness, provide feedback, and participate in an activity that can be used at the local level to help schools and communities wrestle with what it means to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school.

Resources:  

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                                                                                                                                                                  Presiding: Pam Vogel

Room:  319

“Competency-Based Education (CBE):  The Art and Design of Writing Competencies”

Presenter: Kim Carter, QED Foundation

Note:  This is Part 2 in a six-part series to prepare you to write competencies.

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

In this second of a series of six CBE sessions, participants will use Iowa’s guidelines along with a national report as the basis to discuss the elements and structure of quality competencies, and review diverse examples of competency statements.

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 and will be repeated on Day 2.

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: 

Room:  307

 

 

2:30 – 3:45 P.M.

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:30 – 3:45 P.M.

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:30 – 3:45 P.M.

 

 

Break-out sessions

 

 

Choose the one that best fits your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your evening!

Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning

Presenter:  Tom Vander Ark, Author of Getting Smart

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

Blended learning environments can create more and better opportunities for teacher collaboration, enable differentiated staffing and boost meaningful professional development opportunities. Through leveraging technology, schools can extend the reach of great teachers to impact more learners, while simultaneously improving the teachers’ experiences as empowered professionals. This session will discuss preparing teachers for Deeper Learning and what shifts to make in teacher preparation and development.

Resources:

Presiding: Pam Zeigler

Room: 317

“Networking to Support Local Districts on Their Personalized Learning Journey”

Presenter:  Jim Rickabaugh, Director of CESA #1, Pewaukee, WI; Lisa Wilson, Programs/Services Administrator at Grant Wood AEA, Cedar Rapids, IA

The movement to personalize learning with and for learners is growing rapidly across the region and nation. In response to the growing needs of school districts for support as they create personalized learning environments, intermediate education agencies CESA#1 in Wisconsin, Grant Wood AEA in Iowa, and Metro ECSU in Minnesota partnered to create a multi-state network to share resources. Join Jim and Lisa to learn about the work, promise and progress of personalized learning in Wisconsin and Iowa. 

Resources:

                                                                                                                                                                          Presiding: Sara Oswald

Room:  308

 

“Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Operationalizing Systems Thinking through The Baldrige Framework

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

See a competency-based system through the lens of the Baldrige framework, which when used in tandem with other evaluative tools can help administrators and other lead learners evaluate the effectiveness of the system design. Through balancing loops and "mapping the mess" (among other systems analyses), this session provides perspective on how to see both the balcony view as well as the in-the-trenches perspective of a competency-based system in order for districts to effectively identify points of leverage, interdependencies, unintended consequences, and disabilities in order to mitigate potential threats and capitalize on areas that will more effectively move the system.

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Presiding:  Becky Martin

Room: 318

"District Self Assessment Tools to Help Get Started"

Presenter: Jen Sigrist, Van Meter Director of Teaching and Learning; Diane Campbell, Muscatine Director of Secondary Innovation and Instruction (Members of Getting Started CBE Collaborative Work Team of the Iowa Department of Education)

So you're thinking about moving toward a competency-based system.  What are your first steps?  What are you already doing that will help you move?  This session will help you look at three self-assessment tools that can be used to assess your current reality and help you determine your next steps in this work.

Resources:

Presiding:  Pam Vogel

Room:  319

 Competencies and 'Personalized' Learning: Are They Truly Disruptive Innovations?

Presenter: Scott McLeod, Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

This is a repeat session.

In this session we'll dive deep into what it really means for learning to be 'personalized' and whether competency-based education is truly a disruptive innovation or just old wine in new bottles. Bring your computing device and be prepared to be an active discussant!

Resources:  Multiple Resources of Scott McLeod

Presiding: Susan Pecinovsky

Rooms: 320

“Competency-Based Education (CBE):  From Standards to Competencies

Presenter: Kim Carter, QED Foundation

Note:  This is Part 3 in a six-part series to prepare you to write competencies.

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

The third of a series of six CBE sessions, this hands-on work session will engage participants in collaborative processes for translating standards into competencies and critiquing competency statements.

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 and will be repeated on Day 2.

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:

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Room:  307