CBE Conference 2013

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Define.  Design.  Deliver.

Iowa ASCD's Conference on Competency-Based Education


June 26-27, 2013

Iowa Events Center


$250 Iowa ASCD member

$295 non-member

Register here


For information or questions about:

Presenters/Sessions, contact Jason Ellingson

Sponsors/Vendors, contact Lou Howell

Venue/Accommodations, contact Kym Stein


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:

- Downloadable Schedule in Word 

-  Long form schedule is listed below with resources

 

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 10% 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 registerhere online.

- 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.

 

Wednesday, June 26th

7:30-8:45

Registration: Main level

 

Breakfast: Upper level

9:00-10:15

Opening Keynote

Dream! Define! Design! Deliver!”

Rose Colby, Competency-Based Learning Specialist

Every teacher’s dream is to have students ready to learn, engaged in their learning, and competent in the demonstration of their learning. Yet, in today's classrooms, the very nature of the learning environment, the varied levels of student readiness, and the shackles of standardized testing prevent us from realizing this dream. Welcome to competency based learning! In defining the core beliefs of competency based learning, we will look at the macro scale design of learning systems and the micro scale design of curriculum and instruction that supports students who will learn anytime, any where, and at their own pace.

Grand Ballroom, Upper Level

Keynote Presentation

10:30-11:45

Breakouts

“Designing Competency-Based Learning Models of Practice”

Rose Colby, Competency-Based Learning Specialist

This session will introduce participants to the concept of Models of Practice. The Model of Practice is a design element to guide teachers in creating high quality units of study in the competency-based environment. This model will take the participant through the design cycle from competency development and validation, design of high quality performance tasks tuned to Hess' Cognitive Rigor Matrix, the formative assessment system to support learning and the grading framework.

Rooms 309 and 310, Main Level

PowerPoint Handout for Models of Practice

Cognitive Rigor Matrix

Grading Schema

Unit Design - Based on Understanding by Design

Rochester Philosophy Statement for Competency-Based Grading and Assessment

“Getting Learning Right the First Time: Building Learner Capacity and Competence”

Jim Rickabaugh, Executive Director of CESA 1, Wisconsin

This session will provide participants with an overview of work underway in Southeastern Wisconsin to build learning capacity and success for all students by personalizing their learning. Participants will be exposed to an empowering way to think about and meet our national achievement challenge. The logic underlying the model will be examined and a powerful change strategy will be shared. Participants will hear examples of amazing results achieved by real students in real schools. This session also will introduce a continuum of skills and strategies to engage and empower learners in ways that build learning ownership and independence.

Room 318, Main Level

“What Might Compel Thee to CBE?  A Research-based Rationale Supporting Implementation of CBE”

Dana Schon, Professional Learning Director, School Administrators of Iowa

Test your beliefs about CBE in light of research and best practice during this interactive session. Ground yourself in the what and why of CBE so that you are best prepared to move the CBE conversation forward in your districts, organizations, and communities.

Room 308, Main Level

What Might Compel Thee to CBE - PowerPoint

What Might Compel Thee to CBE - slides PDF handout

“How to Write Competencies”

Bridgette Wagoner, Director of Educational Services, Waverly-Shell Rock

This session will explore the difference between standards and competencies, discuss the importance of alignment and explain the Competency Validation Rubric being studied by the Iowa CBE task force.

Room 320, Main Level

 

“Preschool and CBE”

Carol Bottom, School Psychologist and Early Childhood Consultant, AEA267

The basic elements of a developmentally appropriate, research-based early childhood curriculum will be shared.   In addition to the components of the curriculum, the assessment system will be described in terms of what it can and can’t do. The alignment with the Iowa Early Learning Standards and the Iowa Core will be made.  Similarities with the work of the Iowa Competency-Based Task Force will be discussed.

PowerPoint of Presentation

Room 319, Main Level

11:45-12:45

LUNCH

“Five Decisions to Make When Implementing Blended Learning”

Tom Vander Ark, Author and CEO of Getting Smart

Tom will walk through the 5 decisions that school leaders will need to make when implementing blended learning. The decision discussion will include strategy, school models, platform & content, devices and staffing & development. This session will serve as an intro for Tom’s sessions to follow.

Suggested Reading: Blended Learning Implementation Guide

Grand Ballroom, Upper Level

This luncheon is sponsored by:

 Learning.com

1:00-2:15

Breakouts

“Project-Based Learning: The Complement to Competency-Based Learning”

Rose Colby, Competency-Based Learning Specialist

Competency requires that student demonstrate their transfer of content and skills.  High quality project based learning immerses students in projects that allow student choice and voice in the product while requiring students to self-manage, critically think, and rigorously research.  This session is designed for participants to recognize the college and career ready skills that can be built into competency based high quality projects where the projects ARE the learning.

Rooms 309 and 310, Main Level

PBL Presentation

“Building Learner Capacity: Nurturing Motivation and Engagement for Deeper, Stronger and Accelerated Learning”

Jim Rickabaugh, Executive Director of CESA 1, Wisconsin

This session will offer attendees an in depth look at the roles motivation and engagement play in building powerful and lasting learning. A variety of research-based and practice-proven strategies to build and maintain engagement will be shared. Participants will hear the voices of students who are experiencing high levels of learning engagement in personalized, competency-focused learning environments. The power of motivation and engagement to build toward learner independence will also be examined.

Room 318, Main Level

Nurturing Motivation and Engagement handout

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

Tom Vander Ark, Author and CEO 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.

Suggested Reading: The Shift from Cohorts to Competency

Room 320, Main Level

“Digital Learning Tools”

Nancy Movall, K12 Online Learning Specialist, Iowa AEAs

Personalized learning blows open the opportunity for learning "onsite, online and on-my-own”. Technology will play a key factor as we learn to adjust the pace (individualized), adjust the learning approach (differentiated) and leverage student interests/experiences. Join us as we share and discuss what the future holds for personalizing learning with digital tools, including a personalized learning system being developed for AEAK12Online.

Room 308, Main Level


Presentation

“Authentic Intellectual Work and CBE: What’s the Connection?”

Josh Griffith, 6-12 Principal, Collins-Maxwell; and Jeff Watson, PK-5 Principal, Collins-Maxwell

This session will discuss teachers’ learning, students’ learning, and the administrators’ own learning, as they have walked down the path of Authentic Intellectual Work, and as they continue to explore competency-based education in the Collins-Maxwell School District.  Through sharing their experiences, they will highlight the connections between these two powerful learning frameworks.

Room 319, Main Level

Presentation

AIW and Competency-Beased Education

2:30-3:45 Breakouts

“Demonstrations of Learning: The Core of Competency-Based Learning”

Rose Colby, Competency-Based Learning Specialist

This session presents the hierarchy of student demonstration of proficiency: simple tasks, complex tasks, projects, extended learning opportunities, and capstone projects. Each type of performance task will be highlighted with design criteria so that they can be expertly incorporated into student learning plans.

Rooms 309 and 310, Main Level

PowerPoint Handout

Presentation Rubric

Product Rubric

Reflection Rubric

Research Rubric

“Building Learner Capacity: Coaching Self-Efficacy for Persistence and Resilience”

Jim Rickabaugh, Executive Director of CESA 1, Wisconsin

This session will provide attendees with a comprehensive view of the power of self-efficacy to build learner competence and drive achievement. Research and practices in support of the development of self-efficacy will be shared. Examples of teaching and learning approaches in a growth mindset environment will be provided. Participants will hear the voices of students who are taking learning risks, building persistence and using their resources to build learning strength. The role of self-efficacy in building ownership for learning and learning independence also will be examined.

Room 318, Main Level

“State and District Policies for Online and Blended Learning”

Tom Vander Ark, Author and CEO of Getting Smart

Today’s school finance system was not created with the flexibility needed to support the wave of educational innovations spreading across the nation. This session will examine existing examples from state policies that are creating a student-centered finance system which; recognizes diverse student needs, allows dollars to follow students to high-quality online and blended learning options, creates mechanisms for ensuring quality, and fosters educational innovation. Portable, weighted, performance-based and flexible funding mechanisms will be discussed.

Suggested Reading: Funding Students, Options & Achievement

Room 320, Main Level

“The Journey of Muscatine”

Andrea Stewart, District Gifted/Talented Coordinator, Muscatine; Chanda Hassett, English Teacher and Curricular Leader; Muscatine

Following the State CBE forum in December 2011, MCSD embarked on a design process that led to piloting CBE during the 2012-3013 school year. Approximately 1000 students experienced CBE pathways across all three building levels, and the district is currently supporting second and third teacher cohorts so that the work can expand for 2013-2014. Through a recursive process of design, data analysis, reflection, and revision, MCSD continues to refine the philosophy, methodology, and logistics of CBE with a focus on student learning.

Room 308, Main Level

Presentation

Handout

“Questions to Be Asked?”

Jeff Herzberg, Chief Administrator, Prairie Lakes AEA

Join Jeff for an “edcamp”-style session where you determine what is discussed.  Come to have your questions asked and concerns addressed.  We want this session to be open and free-flowing so we can move our work forward.

Room 319, Main Level

Questions from the session

 

 

Thursday, June 27th

9:00-10:15 Breakouts

“Transforming Public School Systems: From Traditional to Competency-Based Learning”

Rose Colby, Competency-Based Learning Specialist

This session is the presentation of a case study of the Rochester, NH school district. This K-12 school district of 8 elementary schools, 1 large middle school and 1 large high school journeyed for three years through their transformation to a competency based learning model. Visionary leadership has played a vital road in this multi-year effort in developing its K-12 competency based learning model. Observe how this school district led and empowered its teachers in the design of their new system of competency based learning, assessment, instruction, and grading.

Rooms 309 and 310, Main Level

Rochester Case Study - Transforming Public School Systems from Traditional to Competency-Based Learning

Elementary Competencies

Grade 4 Math Unit

Grade 4 Reading Competency Template

Guide for Parents

Rochester Newsletter - January, 2013

Rochester Mission and Goals

Rochester Newsletter

Planning Document

Rochester History

Rochester Profile

Teachers' Guide

The Guide

“Building Learner Capacity: Strategic Development of Ownership of Learning for Retention and Confidence”

Jim Rickabaugh, Executive Director of CESA 1, Wisconsin

This session will offer attendees an examination of the role of ownership for learning in increasing retention of skills and concepts and building confidence as proficient learners. Research and effective practices to build learning ownership will be shared. A variety of instructional strategies and frameworks to help students see their learning as their work rather than work they do for adults will be examined. Participants will hear from students who are developing a proprietary view of their learning. The role of ownership for learning in building learner independence will be previewed.

Room 318, Main Level

“Improving Conditions and Careers”

Tom Vander Ark, Author and CEO of Getting Smart

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.

Suggested Reading: Improving Conditions & Careers

Room 320, Main Level

“The Next Steps of the Department of Education”

Sandra Dop, 21st Century Skills Consultant, Iowa Department of Education

The DE and the Competency-based Task Force are working toward the goals outlined in their Preliminary Report (January 2013). Iowa recently joined the Innovation Lab Network (ILN), a program offered by the Council of Chief State School Officers, to help states develop college and career ready students. This session explains the work of the Task Force, the next steps, and the continuation of this work through the ILN after the Task Force submits its final report

Room 308, Main Level

Power Point of Sandra Dop

 

"The Role of Cognitive Complexity in Competency-Based Education"

Brad Niebling, Iowa Core Curriculum Consultant, Iowa Department of Education

In this session, we will discuss how two prominent cognitive complexity framework's, Bloom's Revised Cognitive Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK), can be used to develop and assess competencies. We will explore these cognitive complexity frameworks, as well as learn about how they relate to the Iowa Core.

Room 319, Main Level

The Role of Cognitive Complexity in Competency-Based Education

The Role and Importance of Cognitive Complexity Standards Webb DoK - Literacy

The Role and Importance of Cognitive Complexity Standards Webb DoK - Math

Cognitive Rigor Matrix - Reading/Writing

Cognitive Rigor Matrix - Math/Science

Curriculum Alignment Definitions and Visuals 2013-2014

10:30-11:45

Breakouts

“Demonstrations of Learning: The Core of Competency-Based Learning”

Rose Colby, Competency-Based Learning Specialist  {REPEAT SESSION}

This session presents the hierarchy of student demonstration of proficiency: simple tasks, complex tasks, projects, extended learning opportunities, and capstone projects. Each type of performance task will be highlighted with design criteria so that they can be expertly incorporated into student learning plans.

Rooms 309 and 310, Main Level

PowerPoint Handout

Presentation Rubric

Product Rubric

Reflection Rubric

Research Rubric

“Building Learner Capacity: Growing Independence and Commitment to Learning as a Lifelong Pursuit”

Jim Rickabaugh, Executive Director of CESA 1, Wisconsin

This final session in the strand examining the Learning Independence Continuum© will focus on building learner independence. At this level learners are no longer dependent on external structures to support their learning and know when to learn, unlearn and relearn to meet their personal and professional needs and aspirations. Research on and strategies to build learner independence will be shared and examined. Participants will hear the voices of learners and their parents who are experiencing learning in ways that are building their independence and giving them skills to succeed in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world. The connections with and contributions of motivation, engagement, self-efficacy and ownership for learning to building learning independence will be discussed.

Room 318, Main Level

“Blending K-8”

Tom Vander Ark, Author and CEO 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.

Suggested Reading: Blended Learning Implementation Guide, Making Math Work

Room 320, Main Level

“Riding the STEM Wave with CBE”

Kari Webb, NW Iowa STEM Regional Manager, Iowa Lakes Community College

The latest Buzz Word in economic development tied to education reform is STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. Competency Based Education advocates would do well to ride this wave as it gathers momentum (and funding) across the state and nation. Participants will explore the intersection of STEM with CBE, including active learning, upside down pedagogies, outside-of-school learning partnerships.

Room 308, Main Level

“Standards-Based Grading and Competency-Based Education - What's the Connection?”

Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction and Technology, Solon

This session will explore a Venn diagram relationship between standards-based grading and competency-based education through the lens of the Iowa Department of Education's Competency-Based Pathways and standards-based grading literature. Experience from a district utilizing standards-based grading will be context of this conversation.

Resources

Room 319, Main Level

12:00-12:45

Lunch

Participants are encouraged to network and

share ideas learned thus far in the conference.

Grand Ballroom, Upper Level

1:00-2:15

Breakouts

“Networking with Rose Colby”

Rose is looking forward to the opportunity to just sit and chat with educators about competency-based learning.  She believes in the power of collaboration and feels it will be a great time to reflect on our desire to define, design and deliver competency-based education systems in Iowa and across the country.

Rooms 309 and 310, Main Level

“Legislative Policy Update”

Rep. Tyler Olson and Rep. Cindy Winckler

Legislative changes that impact Competency-Based Education.  There will be opportunities for questions and answers.

PowerPoint Presentation

Room 318, Main Level

“Blended High School”

Tom Vander Ark, Author and CEO of Getting Smart

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.

Suggested Reading: Blended Learning Implementation Guide

Room 320, Main Level

“Leading the Learning: Designing Professional Development that Supports CBE”

Dana Schon, Professional Learning Director, School Administrators of Iowa

What does a professional development plan that targets CBE look like? What do teachers need to know and be able to do? What do principals and superintendents need to know and be able to do? Where do we start and how? Come explore the possibilities and network with colleagues to discover what the CBE journey might look like for you. This session will provide guidance for designing an approach to professional learning that supports CBE while engaging participants in collaborative conversations.

Room 308, Main Level

"Leading the Learning" handout 

“The BIG Ideas School – A Model for Transformative Education”

Shawn Cornally, Headmaster, Big Ideas School

The BIG Ideas School is an effort by The Gazette Companies and IowaTransformED. The School is designed in accordance with community input as part of “The Back-to-School Project” and demonstrates what competency-based, passion-driven, community-facing learning and “school” can look like. We will share the BIG Ideas School story and show how we are using it to drive community conversation and create “safe spaces” for public schools to provide such options to all students.

Room 319, Main Level

2:30-4:00

Closing Keynote

Well Done Is Better Than Well Said: Delivering with Integrity

Troyce Fisher, Iowa Leadership Academy 2.0 Co-Director, School Administrators of Iowa

Intentionally designing one's professional life so it maximizes impact and reward requires some reflective time. This session will provide that through facilitation of a process back by popular demand. Troyce will lead us in an examination of our "competing commitments" that can unintentionally make us immune to change. Come prepared for some major "ah ha's"!

Grand Ballroom, Upper Level

"Immunities to Change" presentation handout




Featured Speakers' Other Resources:

- Jim Rickabaugh

   - Honeycomb with Flipside

   - Honeycomb with Alignment to Continuum of Legacy or Personalized Practices

   - What is Personalized Learning?

 

Resources for Competency-Based Education:

 


 



Follow-up Acitivities:

 

Iowa ASCD is committed to continuing the momentum from the conference.  We will be adding follow-up "booster" activities to further support your work as you move forward to implement a new paradigm.



Sponsors: