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/


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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.