Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

| November 26, 2018

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We want to take this opportunity to appreciate the generosity and leadership of our funders. The support and partnership of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Barr Foundation, and Carnegie Corporation of New York have been invaluable in advancing competency education.Special thanks to Chris Sturgis, co-founder of CompetencyWorks, for her tireless leadership in the field of competency-based education. Her research and field knowledge were instrumental in developing the concepts presented in this report and her leadership made the transparent technical advisory group process possible. Chris's vision, scholarship, and advocacy continue to make tremendous impact for leaders, educators, learners, and communities.

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IXL Learning is an educational technology company that delivers an immersive e-learning experience—for all students, in all grades, in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. With 1 in 9 students already using IXL in the U.S., and over 25 billion questions asked and answered around the world, IXL is helping schools successfully use technology to improve teaching and learning. From algebra to adverbs, molecules to maps, IXL’s content and technology enable fresh, engaging, and personalized experiences that spark curiosity and build confidence. Other products include Quia Web, the original “create-your-own” website for teachers, and Quia Books, the leading online platform for world-language courses.

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Back to school after lockdown – tips from an NHS Psychologist

Article | October 1, 2020

Since some schools across the UK have started to re-open in phases, it’s opened up a whole new set of questions for families. What will it be like for our kids? How will my child adjust to school after months at home? As well as adjusting academically to full-time education again, the emotional impact will be big too. We spoke to NHS Senior Clinical Psychologist, Dr Shreena Ghelani, about how parents can help their get kids ready to return to school, whenever that might be. Here’s what she had to say: Prepare in advance Before it’s time for them to go back, keep school in the minds of your kids – drive past the school if you can so that they can see that it’s still there. When they’ve been given a return date, treat it like the beginning of the school year. Do a test run of getting ready in the morning, make sure school uniform fits, practice packing bags and walking the route to school. For younger children, they may need a settling in period again – parents may have to come into the classroom and ensure their child is settled. For teenagers – use the time while they’re still at home to keep their friendships alive by video call etc. This will help make returning back to their peer group feel less unfamiliar. One step at a time Even when school re starts, you may find that children are more tired than usual by the extra demands and sensory stimulation placed on them. Ease them back in to their routine gently and wait to start other activities (clubs and activities) in a few weeks time. Manage expectations When the time comes, you’ll find you’ll feel less stressed if you know there will be bumps in the road. Allow enough space and time in a new schedule for any hiccups so that you’re not having to manage too many demands (i.e batch cook dinners before hand, don’t agree to extra activities or if possible, adopt flexible working hours). Try to notice if you’re feeling anxious about the return to school in any way and if so, spend some time thinking about it and unpicking it. If children pick up on your anxieties they may feel anxious too. Managing worry and anxiety If you know your child might struggle with going back to school, try developing a toolbox of things they can do when they are worried at school. This might include a song to sing to them selves, visualising a calm place, some affirmation cards, practicing a breathing techniques and identifying safe staff they can tell. You can make this box together and the child can take some bits with them to school. Speak to your children about the impact of Coronavirus Let children know that it is likely that other families have been impacted by the virus (whether that’s key worker parents working hard, or family bereavements). Encourage your child to be patient with and kind to other children. Talk to them about what they might still be expected to do – not hug friends, wash their hands often, not share food or toys etc. For any children with special educational needs, they might need adaptations made for them. This might include visiting the school while it’s empty to familiarise them with the space, a video call with their teacher or a more phased return than other pupils – whatever’s best for them.

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Ani's Math Story

Article | May 27, 2020

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with math, leaning heavily towards the latter. It was always something I was good at, but didn’t enjoy. Quite frankly, it still stuns me on a regular basis that I’ve ended up working for a math company. Let me try to parse this out by saying that math has been intrinsically tied to every definitive choice I’ve made, consciously or unconsciously. Flash backwards—I’m 4. My mom is teaching me long division, insisting that this is absolutely crucial for how I map the rest of my life. I assume this is how the rest of my peers spend their time, completely oblivious to the fact that other neighborhood children are outside, running around on playgrounds, doing cartwheels up and down their sunlit front yards. Instead, I’m grinding away. I think I remember this as fun. I think I ask my mom to give me another multiplication problem.

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What can early career researchers gain from External Examiner training?

Article | August 17, 2020

In early May 2020, Advance HE sent out a call for academics to participate in 'external examiner training' which is certificated as continued professional development. For me, it was astounding that within forty-five minutes of sending the initial call for participants the workshop sessions had all been filled, and a second email was issued advising that interested participants were now being wait-listed. This surge of interest was intriguing as it seemed to either suggest that academics in HE were quite eager for CPD opportunities, or that any training regarding the process and diligences of 'external examining' had much to be desired. I considered myself fortunate to make the cut and found the five-units of training spread over four-weeks of participation to be informative, though not quite what I had initially expected.

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The benefits of using virtual reality in college

Article | February 11, 2020

The use of virtual reality in education has been a rising trend for a while now. At first, the equipment and software necessary to use VR technology for academic purposes were not as affordable as it is nowadays. However, because of the benefits that both students and universities experienced through the use of digital learning aids VR became quite an appealing tech for professors and students alike. Still, there is a wide misconception that VR equipment and software are only intended for entertainment systems like video games and virtual roller-coaster rides. In this article, we’re going to list some of the major benefits of VR for college students.

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IXL Learning

IXL Learning is an educational technology company that delivers an immersive e-learning experience—for all students, in all grades, in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. With 1 in 9 students already using IXL in the U.S., and over 25 billion questions asked and answered around the world, IXL is helping schools successfully use technology to improve teaching and learning. From algebra to adverbs, molecules to maps, IXL’s content and technology enable fresh, engaging, and personalized experiences that spark curiosity and build confidence. Other products include Quia Web, the original “create-your-own” website for teachers, and Quia Books, the leading online platform for world-language courses.

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