Report on competency-based learning offers roadmap for state education officials

first_imgA new report released July 18 discusses how state leaders in K-12 education are rethinking policies to allow students to advance competency-based approaches that allow any time, everywhere learning for today’s youth.‘Unfortunately, many states and school districts are still handcuffed by rigid regulations that prevent them from moving toward the student-centered, performance-based approach,’ Patrick said. ‘This report offers guidance and practical recommendations for state education policymakers.’‘We are proposing what amounts to a vital change in current methods of instruction and measurement so that students can move ahead when they demonstrate knowledge,’ said Susan Patrick, co-author of the report and president of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).Titled, Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-based Learning, the report was unveiled at the Summer Institute of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in Stowe, Vermont. Co-authored by Chris Sturgis, a principal at MetisNet, the report is based on policy recommendations made by education innovators during the 2011 Competency-based Learning Summit convened by iNACOL and CCSSO earlier this year.The report recommends that states begin to transform policies from ‘rigid compliance’ to ‘enabling policies,’ by offering seat-time waivers or ‘credit flex’ policies that allow for the flexibility to offer competency-based learning in K-12 education.A ‘comprehensive policy redesign’ would require competency-based credits, personalized learning plans, information technology, professional development, and quality-control in support of individual student growth for accountability, while aligning higher education with K-12 competency-based efforts. The report also offers states a number of approaches toward tackling emerging state policy issues in order to speed the transition to a competency-based approach.Sturgis said, ‘With state leadership creating the necessary policy conditions to enable children to progress when they have mastered skills, we will finally be able to overcome the inequities of our current education system.’‘Competency-based learning is essential to a future for students in the United States to remain globally competitive, and this transformation in enabling policy must begin at the state level,’ said Patrick.The report is available at is external).About iNACOLiNACOL is the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership association based in the Washington, DC area with more than 3,800 members.iNACOL is unique in that its members represent a diverse cross-section of K-12 education from school districts, charter schools, state education agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities and research institutions, corporate entities and other content and technology providers ( is external)). iNACOL hosts the annual Virtual School Symposium (VSS). VSS 2011 is being held Nov. 9 – 11, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN ( is external)).  STOWE, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–7.18.2011last_img read more

Plane explosion in Philippines kills eight, including two foreigners

first_imgVideo footage showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the night sky as fire crews doused the fuselage with foam.The twin-jet West Wind 24 plane was carrying three medical personnel, three flight crew, a patient and a companion, Richard Gordon, a senator and head of the Philippine Red Cross, said on Twitter.”Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement.An investigation by the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines was under way, MIAA said. A medical evacuation plane exploded during takeoff in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing all eight passengers and crew, including an American and a Canadian, officials said.The plane, owned by a Philippines-registered charter service Lionair, had been bound for Haneda, Japan, but burst into flames at the end of the runway around 8 p.m. (1200 GMT), Manila’s main airport said.Indonesian carrier Lion Air issued a statement making clear that it is unrelated to Manila-based Lionair. The runway has been closed temporarily, affecting an arriving Korean Air flight that was diverted to Clark airport in northern Philippines, said MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal.The aim is to reopen the runway about two hours after midnight, he said in a press briefing.Monreal confirmed that an American national and a Canadian citizen were among those killed, but could not provide further detail. The six others were all Filipinos, he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale Ends Program for Homeless Housing in Hotels

first_imgTime is running out for dozens of homeless people who have spent the past few months in Fort Lauderdale hotels due to the pandemic.In an early effort to try stopping the spread of the coronavirus last May, the city put up 72 people without homes in the Rodeway in Dania Beach, as well as at another area hotel. At that time, city leaders said it was inhumane for people to live on streets as the world was dealing with a pandemic.However, as South Florida has become the epicenter of the disease, Fort Lauderdale officials have reversed course, saying it is time for the homeless to leave those accommodations. The program has cost the city $530,000.“I was so relieved being off the street,” Shauna Cartwright says. She adds that she felt like she mattered during that time.Cartwright was told last Friday that she has to leave the hotel, and that she could go to the Salvation Army.URGENT:The city of Fort Lauderdale is evicting 72 homeless people today, despite the rooms being paid until Monday.This is an unlawful eviction. This eviction needs to be stopped now. Rodeway Inn & Suites2440 W State Road 84Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312United States— Miami Tenants Union (@miatenants) July 17, 2020 She refused to go there, explaining that it would bring back bad memories. The city has agreed to give her one more night at the hotel.“They are going back on their their word,” she adds.About a dozen people left the hotel for other shelters on Friday, according to Cartwright.Jeff Weinberger, founder of October 22nd Alliance to End Homelessness, says that he feels as if city officials have misled him and others.“And now were are at the zero hour and obviously the city hasn’t kept its promise,” he explains.Weinberger says the last of the homeless are expected to have left the Rodeway Inn by Sunday.last_img read more