Proficiency Based Learning
According to the Vermont Agency of Education paper titled: Why is proficiency-based learning important?, "A critical goal for proficiency-based learning is the elimination of persistent achievement and opportunity gaps. Proficiency-based learning can provide equitable, relevant, and rigorous learning opportunities that engage all students and foster the skills, knowledge, and habits of work necessary to be successful in the 21st century."
A proficiency-based system reflects on standards to accurately identify a student's proficiency on those standards. This allows teachers to measure what a student is able to do, in relation to the content standards, to determine proficiency.
According to the Vermont Agency of Education, "Personalization is 'a learning process in which schools help students assess their own talents and aspirations, plan a pathway toward their own purposes, work cooperatively with others in challenging tasks, maintain a record of explorations, and demonstrate their learning against clear standards in a wide variety of media, all with the close support of adult mentors and guides' (National Association of Secondary School Principals)."
Proficiency-Based Learning provides the perfect foundation, upon which students can plan and build their educational pathway, thus ensuring they are college and career ready.
This iNACOL report details Vermont’s Comprehensive Statewide Policy Approach. According to the report, "Vermont has pursued the most comprehensive statewide policy approach to personalized, proficiency-based learning, integrating multiple policies together into a coordinated system."
Please read this Vermont Agency of Education report titled, The Relationship Between Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Personalized Learning Plans (PLP's), and Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs) to learn more.
Our Vision states: “All students are engaged in rigorous, authentic, experiential, individualized learning that is supported or accelerated to ensure that they meet or exceed standards.”
In keeping with our vision, we are continually working to improve our ability to engage our students in experiential learning. From July 15-17 a group of educators from Slate Valley attended Northeastern University’s NExT conference (The Network for Experiential Teaching and Learning Summer Convening) in Boston.
From the NExT Summer Convening brochure:
“At the 2019 Summer Convening, we will take everything from our last two years of growth, iteration, and reflection to engage and focus on shared ideas with direct application to your work: Presenters will INSPIRE by sharing their journeys; Members will CONNECT in large and small settings across intersections of work and identity; and participants will LEARN & CREATE--all aiming to improve our practices and create momentum to the experiential learning movement. Your presence and energy are impacting education in both large and small ways. We welcome you and hope you have a TRANSFORMATIVE experience with us here in Boston!”
As members of NExT, these Slate Valley educators will be able to maintain and expand their network connections through engagement with the NExT Commons virtual platform. This platform provides access to resources, affinity groups, and webinars led by leaders in the field. The goal for our group is to build their own networks from people they meet at NExT and further their understanding and application of experiential learning in our classrooms throughout the Slate Valley.
To learn more about NExT at Northeastern University, please view this video.