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Learning Edge

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In December 2012, CompetencyWorks released The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment. The paper delves into the fourth element of the definition for competency-based education: Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs. Understanding how to structure support is important because in a competency-based environment, students and adults are often on the edge of their comfort zone and competence—the learning edge. This page is designed to make it easy for you to find the links and resources that are mentioned in the paper. 


Support in a Competency-Based Environment

Two ingredients are necessary for creating learning-edge supports that allow students to continually build and apply skills.


A.  Growth Mindset Creates Opportunities to Learn

"It starts with a growth mindset that values all of us as works in progress. It’s the joy of learning that motivates all of us to do our best. We have to let go of fixed mindsets that make us afraid of taking risks that might lead to failure. We must have a culture that understands failure is temporary, focusing one’s efforts, and that support exists to conquer the challenge.” -- Don Siviski, Superintendent of Instruction at the Maine Department of Education



B. Learning that is Grounded in Relationships and Anchored by Assessment


Design Principles


PRINCIPLE 1: Build a culture rooted in a growth mindset that supports risk-taking and help-seeking.


PRINCIPLE 2: Utilize assessments that are transparent, ongoing, and provide meaningful feedback to support student learning and agency.


PRINCIPLE 3: Develop embedded, tiered, and timely interventions for just-in-time support that leads to successfully meeting or exceeding the learning targets.


PRINCIPLE 4: Develop extended opportunities to learn within and beyond traditional school times and settings, including internships, online learning, project-based learning, summer classes, and more.


PRINCIPLE 5: Know the whole student and seek to understand their life and their learning.


PRINCIPLE 6: Implement a continuous improvement system that responds to keep students within or above pacing expectations.


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