Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ESSA, UDL and Personalized Competency-Based Education

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, federal K-12 law now defines and endorses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a scientifically-based approach to personalize learning. But how can we use UDL to support personalized competency-based education practice? The KnowledgeWorks team joined us as our guest hosts in this compelling discussion on this topic. Thank you to Virgel Hammonds, Robin Kanaan, Lori Philips, Laura Hilger and Abbie Forbus!

The questions proposed in #plearnchat on March 13th were intended to discover how Universal Design for Learning that is defined in ESSA could impact personalized, competency-based education practice. We asked these six questions in the Q1, A1 format:

We had a wonderful group of educators that shared their insights to these questions along with graphics, video and personal quotes about the topic of ESSA, UDL and personalized, competency-based education. Check out the complete Storify of the #plearnchat below.


  Robin Kanaan @Robin Kanaan

"UDL arms kids with the knowledge of who they are as a learner, building toward student agency."

In response:

Lausanne Learning @LausanneLearning

"Absolutely...nothing more powerful than a curious learner. Future beware!"

Jessica Webster @jgroteweb

"UDL promotes choice & voice Ss make decisions abt their lrng."

Lori Philips @loriphilips1026

"Educational opportunities are enhanced when Learners understand their needs and can advocate for themselves."

 Laura Hilger @hilgerl

"Learning=Vulnerability so if Ss/Ts don't create the culture, how can we expect Ss to take real risks required for agency?"

Susan Zanti @SusZanti5

"Know and meet Ss where they are socially-emotionally-academically-facilitate self efficacy and awareness."

Meredith Johnson @mjjohnson1216

"Being strategic and planning for schools on the lowest 5% (continuation of SIG) could help the equity issue."

Lillian Pace @lillianpace

"Imagine if we brought #personalizedlearning to the lowest 5% of schools!"

Congratulations to Seth Burgess from Lausanne Learning, @LausanneLearning, who won our book, How to Personalize Learning.

Seth Burgess is the director of the Lausanne Learning Institute, a professional development non-profit that organizes teacher conferences on student-centered learning strategies. He has been a journalist, a Web 1.0 dot-commer, and English teacher from Pre-K to University. He loves traveling with his wife and two daughters and loves the amazing number of teachers out there who are striving to bring students back to the center of education.

Website: http://www.lausannelearning.com/


How to Personalize Learning is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Corwin has offered our followers a 20% discount code. Go to Corwin Press N169O6 for your own copy and use the discount code.

Save the Date, Monday, April 3rd (3 weeks) for our next #plearnchat

4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST, and 7pm EST

Topic: Micro-credentials and Personal Professional Learning

Hosted by Barbara Bray @bbray27; co-hosted by Digital Promise

We archived the entire #plearnchat about ESSA, UDL and Personalized Competency-Based Education below for your convenience and as a resource.



Monday, February 13, 2017

Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship

"Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills" from the American Library Association's digital-literacy task force. It is not just about reading text online; it  also refers to content creation. That includes writing in digital formats such as email, blogs, and Tweets, as well as creating other forms of media, such as videos and podcasts.

Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. We decided to focus on digital literacy and citizenship in our February 13, 2017 #plearnchat, because of how important these skills are for all learners and their future.  We asked six questions using the Q1, A1 format:

We had an amazing group of educators who not only shared their expertise around digital literacy and citizenship, they shared graphic, infographics, videos and stories. 

Mike Mohammad ‏@Mo_physics 

"As we allow learners to find sources not prescribed, they need to be able to evaluate the reliability of sources."

Angela Peery ‏@drangelapeery

"Lead them to respected sources, not just anyone's blog or slanted 'news' sources."

Michala Cardwell@CardwellTeachMe

"I want students to seek and read multiple sources, compare, contrast, & synthesize what they glean. Learners need to conceptualize."

Jeremy Bond ‏@JeremyDBond 

"Whether you're responsible or not may forever be online for everyone to see. Be civil, express appropriately, share wisely."

Kami for Schools ‏@KamiSchools

"Can be very tough, but IMO just takes practice. Kids will learn to identify fake news + help by using fact checkers (snopes)."

Michael Weinraub ‏@mweinraub87

"So much depends on developmental level, but educators should stress creativity & learning as much as safety & security."

Pam Hubler ‏@specialtechie

"I like telling real stories about how bad online decisions & consequences. Students discuss what they should have done."

Kathy Renfrew @KRScienceLady

"Learners need to know how to speak online, very different that being face to face where you can smile, see body language."

LemarrTreadwell M.Ed ‏@LemarrTreadwell

"What do learners need to know about responsible digital citizenship? Ss/Ps need to understand about their Digital Footprint."

Meredith Johnson ‏@mjjohnson1216

"As educators, with frequent use of Twitter, do you ever think about the digital footprint you are leaving?"

Congratulations to Arina Bokas, @arinabokas, who won our book, How to Personalize Learning

Arina Bokas is the author of Building Powerful Learning Environments: From Schools to Communities (2017) and dozens of education- related publications for #ASCD, Education Week, Huffington Post, Getting Smart, and other entities. She offers educational consulting and works as the editor of Kids’ Standard Magazine and a faculty member at Mott Community College, Flint, MI, along with serving on Michigan PTA Leadership Development Committee. In the last two years, she produced education television series, The Future of Learning, and moderated #MichEd and #HackLearning chats on partnering with families.
Website: cultureofpartnerships.com 

"I compare plagiarism to intelligence theft. Students tend to understand the concept better."
"Students need to understand complexity of truth. There are many true sides. Much depends on perspectives. Consider a few of them."

How to Personalize Learning is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Corwin has offered our followers a 20% discount code. Go to Corwin Press and use the discount code N169O6 for your own copy.

Save the Date, Monday, March 13th (4 weeks) for our next #plearnchat

4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST, and 7pm EST

Topic: ESSA, UDL, and Personalized, Competency-Based Education

Hosted by Kathleen McClaskey, @khmmc

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Digital Literacy and Citizenship below for your convenience and as a resource.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Equity and Social Justice

Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January, celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote: "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically." 

We decided to discuss social justice and how educators encourage equity and provide every learner a safe, caring  environment. The conversations were deep and heartfelt from so many educators from around the world. The big question around equity and social justice was:

 "How can learners develop the skills necessary to foster a better society?"

We used the Q1, A1 format with the following questions:

The questions encouraged participants to push the conversations deeper. We found ourselves wanting to reply or retweet many of the responses to the questions. First few questions were on classroom culture and activities teachers can provide that encourages a safe learning environment and then we delved deeper into discussions on issues that affect them, bullying, and turning social justice into community service.

Renee White @RaRaPenguin

"By finding a way as role model in classroom to afford each learner the same fair opportunity. Make playing field as level as can."

Caroline Wray @wray_cj

"First defining equity is a must. I think the classroom must focus on creating a learner led culture."

Rachel Salvatore @RachSal44

"Build relationships and provide safe spaces for our learners; let them know they are valued, cared for and respected."

Jeremy Bond @JeremyDBond 

"Take responsibility for building relationships with families and the community. Build your schools as community centers."

Mark Levine @LevineWrites

"We use authentic inquiry to learn history. Then we examine their world and make decisions on social justice today."

Lynn Spady @lynnspady

"I have found current events on @Newsela to be a great starting point. Learners pick the articles that they find interesting."

sbuhner @sbuhner

"Social justice should be embedded in units. History is a great place to start especially if connected to history of community. #authenticlessons"

Kathy Renfrew @KRScienceLady

"Digging deeper, Learning as an educator, bringing equity conversations to the forefront of the work with colleagues."

Mrs. Cheri Authement @mrsa_sci

"Discuss with class how to handle group work issues. Use humor in moments where students 'caught' to model how to talk it out if appropriate."

Meredith Johnson @mjjohnson1216

"Important to include different ethnic groups in order for more students to feel engaged in the conversation." 

Paul O'Neill @PaulONeill1972

"By removing artificial boundaries like classroom walls and schedules. Create situations where we can all learn together."

Todd Russo @MrRussoRH

"Ask students what they want to discuss and how. I always liked having students thinking and writing first, then talking with others."

Barbara Gruener @BarbaraGruener

"Encourage students to walk in another's shoes; perspective-taking #empathy is a great catalyst for mobilizing #compassion, #growth."

Michael Vose @KHS_AP

"True acceptance of diversity means accepting those with opinions and lifestyles contrary to our own. Hard message these days."

We tried to include at least one tweet from everyone who joined us. But the topic seemed to resonate with many educators some new to #plearnchat. There were so many great ideas that we had to choose just a few. Make sure you read the archive below so you don't miss any of the tweets and resources shared.

Congratulations to Lemarr Treadwell M.Ed @lemarrtreadwell who won our book, How to Personalize Learning.

Lemarr Treadwell @leamarrtreadwell is a 4th grade teacher at Pyle Elementary School in Fresno Unified School District in California. He facilitates the use of technology in a 1:1 Asus classroom, a MIE Trainer, and a Flipgrid Ambassador. Lemarr believes in building his Personal Learning Network (PLN) and is active in many Twitter chats. Here's a few of the tweets and a chart from Lemarr during #plearnchat:

"Teach students to "Stand Up" for what they feel is unjust. 
We provide the authentic resources and learning connections."

"Relevancy: Meaningful Work + Authentic Resources + Learning Connections = Equity
Add: Universal Learning Design (UDL)"

How to Personalize Learning is your practical guide to getting started and going deeper with personalized learning. Corwin has offered our followers a 20% discount code. Go to Corwin Press and use the discount code N169O6 for your own copy.

Save the Date, Monday, February 13th (4 weeks) for our next #plearnchat

4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST, and 7pm EST

Topic: Digital Literacy

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Equity and Social Justice below for your convenience and as a resource.