What’s Up With…Competency-Based Learning?

It seems that every day there is a new education buzzword that pushes teachers to change the way they teach, so when people began discussing competency-based learning, educators and policymakers were cautiously optimistic. But as Illinois’ Department of Education joins New Hampshire, Michigan, and Ohio in incorporating competency-based learning into their policy, the buzz around this new learning strategy is gaining steam. Here, we define competency-based learning and discuss how can you incorporate the techniques from this new methodology into your classroom, school, and district.

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Keeping Students Engaged During Winter Break

Winter break is fast upon us, and as the weather cools, our students are looking forward to free time away from the classroom. Summertime brings on the phenomenon known as the summer slide where students can lose much of what they’ve learned in the previous school year. While winter break isn’t nearly as long as summer break, keeping students engaged and learning outside the classroom is still important. Read More

5 Questions: What to Ask Providers When Shopping for Blended Learning Solutions

5 Questions: What to Ask Providers When Shopping for Blended Learning Solutions

As blended learning continues to gain momentum and show increased success, you may be considering making the switch. If you are looking to incorporate technology into your classrooms by augmenting teacher lectures, replacing textbooks, transforming traditional homework, or even trying out a new classroom environment (i.e., flipped or station rotation) you are probably filled with questions. Here we address the top five things to ask potential providers when shopping for blended learning solutions. Read More

What’s Up With… RTI/MTSS?

There’s a wide range of instructional models and frameworks that districts can refer to when forming their curriculum, classes, and programs. But the foundation of any instructional choice should always be focused on helping each and every student in the classroom. Two frameworks in particular, RTI (Response to Intervention) and MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support), are commonly used because they both help educators identify the needs of each student and provide appropriate support systems. Here we’ll explain what exactly these two frameworks consist of and how they can help ensure you’re meeting the needs of all your students. Read More