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September 16, 2021

Mark Your Calendar for Oct. 14th — Webinar: An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

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Upcoming Webinar: An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

On October 14, the Aurora Institute will host a webinar to introduce participants to competency-based education in K-12 schools and districts.

This webinar will answer common questions about what competency-based education is, why it’s important, and what policies are needed to support it. Joined by a Mastery Instructional Coach and a Youth Ambassador from the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, in New York City, we will also examine what it looks like in practice in schools and discuss professional learning resources for transitioning to a competency-based approach.

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Who should attend and why? Whether you are brand new to competency-based education, need a refresher, or are eager to learn more, this webinar will provide valuable insight into the culture, structure, and learning practices of competency-based education.

Who:

  • Trianne Ysabelle Hontiveros, 11th-Grade Student and Mastery Ambassador, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
  • Fred Jones, Policy Director, the Aurora Institute
  • Eliot Levine, Research Director, the Aurora Institute
  • Gregory Zimdahl, Humanities Instructor and Mastery Instructional Coach, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria

When: October 14th | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Where: Zoom | Register here

For questions, please contact Eliot Levine, elevine@aurora-institute.org. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar.

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September 4, 2021

Register Now for the Aurora Institute Symposium 2021: “Leading Competency-Based Education Redesign” — Early-Bird Registration Ends September 23rd

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There are just four weeks left to take advantage of early-bird registration for this year’s Aurora Institute Symposium — the leading conference for transforming K-12 education systems, advancing breakthrough practices and policies, and implementing personalized, competency-based learning.

Who should attend and why? Attendees include K-12 system and school administrators, teachers, and nonprofits working in next generation learning, actively implementing personalized, competency-based designs, as well as policymakers, researchers, and other experts in K-12 advancing the future of learning. It is the premiere event for learning about cutting-edge promising practices, the latest policy developments and research, and future-focused trends in teaching and learning. This year’s virtual event is designed to build the capacity of the field to implement equitable, whole child, personalized, competency-based systems. More than 40% of Symposium breakout sessions feature students as speakers.

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Join us virtually October 25-27, 2021 to hear from policy experts, thought leaders, educators, and students. Attendee registration is now open. Early-bird registration ends September 23, 2021Aurora Institute members can attend free of charge.

Through keynotes and more than 55 sessions highlighting breakthrough practices and policies, the Symposium inspires attendees, equips them with new knowledge and best practices, and sparks action by leaders to implement new learning designs. Session strands include: Shifting to Competency-Based Education; Transforming Education Systems; Whole Child Personalized Learning; Designing New Learning Models/Redesign; Enabling Anytime/Anywhere Learning; Modernizing Professional Learning; and more.

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  • Early-bird registration for the @Aurora_Inst Symposium is open now through Sept. 23. Register to attend the leading event for #EdLeaders in #PersonalizedLearning & #CompetencyEd: https://bit.ly/AuroraSymp21 #Aurora21
  • Join me and @Aurora_Inst virtually at #Aurora21 on October 25-27. This year’s Symposium theme is “Leading Competency-Based Education Redesign.” Early-bird registration ends Sept. 23: https://bit.ly/AuroraSymp21
  • Attend the leading conference for transforming #K12 #edu. Registration for #Aurora21 is now open, held virtually on October 25-27. Early-bird registration ends Sept. 23! https://bit.ly/AuroraSymp21 @Aurora_Inst

For questions, please contact the Aurora Institute Symposium team. We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium.

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August 5, 2021

Attend the Aurora Institute Symposium to Transform K-12 Education Systems

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Symposium Registration Is Now Open!

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The Aurora Institute Symposium is the leading conference for transforming K-12 education systems, advancing breakthrough practices and policies, and implementing personalized, competency-based learning.

Who should attend and why? Attendees include K-12 system and school administrators, teachers, and nonprofits working in next generation learning, actively implementing personalized, competency-based designs, as well as policymakers, researchers, and other experts in K-12 advancing the future of learning. It is the premiere event for learning about cutting-edge promising practices, the latest policy developments and research, and future-focused trends in teaching and learning. This year’s virtual event is designed to build the capacity of the field to implement equitable, whole child, personalized, competency-based systems.

Through keynotes and more than 55 sessions highlighting breakthrough practices and policies, the Symposium inspires attendees, equips them with new knowledge and best practices, and sparks action by leaders to implement new learning designs. Session strands include: Shifting to Competency-Based Education; Transforming Education Systems; Whole Child Personalized Learning; Designing New Learning Models/Redesign; Enabling Anytime/Anywhere Learning; Modernizing Professional Learning; and more.

Attendee registration is now open for the Aurora Institute Symposium, held virtually on October 25-27, 2021. This year’s theme is “Leading Competency-Based Education Redesign.”

Aurora Institute members can attend the Symposium free of charge. Become an Aurora Institute member today, then register to attend the Symposium here.

Non-members can take advantage of early-bird registration discounts through September 23, 2021.

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Share this Announcement on Social Media: 

  • The @Aurora_Inst Symposium is the leading event for #EdLeaders in #PersonalizedLearning & #CompetencyEd. Register to attend: https://bit.ly/AuroraSymp21 #Aurora21
  • Join @Aurora_Inst virtually at #Aurora21 on October 25-27. This year’s theme – Leading Competency-Based Education Redesign. Register to attend: https://bit.ly/AuroraSymp21
  • Attend the leading conference for transforming #K12 #edu. Registration for #Aurora21 is now open, held virtually on October 25-27 https://bit.ly/AuroraSymp21 @Aurora_Inst

For questions, please contact the Aurora Institute Symposium team. We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium.

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May 22, 2021

Plugged In | 5.21.21 – Transforming Learning through Competency-Based Education

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Transforming Learning through Competency-Based Education
Transforming Learning through Competency-Based Education
Teaching and learning are changing drastically in the wake of COVID-19, and once-skeptical K-12 system and school leaders are increasingly responding to students’ academic needs with competency-based learning models. State boards of education and other state leaders should examine the rationale and structures that underpin these student-centered solutions and work to transform their systems. Aurora Institute President and CEO Susan Patrick makes the case in the latest issue of The State Education Standard, published by the National Association of State Boards of Education.
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2021 Aurora Institute Symposium

2021 Aurora Institute Virtual Symposium

October 25-27, 2021 | Presented Virtually
The 2021 Aurora Institute Virtual Symposium will run October 25-27. We will open registration with early-bird rates in June. In the meantime, we’re updating the Symposium website with details about the annual convening. The preliminary agenda is live. You can find it here. We’re making regular updates, so be sure to watch this page. The annual symposium is the field’s largest gathering of education innovators who are working in schools, districts, and statehouses to transform the future of teaching and learning in K-12 education. This year’s event will feature a host of new session formats and even more student voice as learners from around the country will co-lead multiple sessions. Stay tuned.
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Where Did the Teachers of Color Go? Decolonizing Education Starts with Teacher Diversity
Where Did the Teachers of Color Go? Decolonizing Education Starts with Teacher Diversity
We need teachers who are from the community and share a common culture to present material in a relevant way. At a time when the pandemic has shown us so much inequity among students, we should also be looking at grave teacher inequities. The question then becomes, “Where did all the teachers of color go?” A guest post from Kim Lanoy-Sandoval offers analysis.
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Center for Policy and Advocacy April 2021 Updates
The Aurora Institute Center for Policy and Advocacy has compiled a resource on the latest developments in federal and state education policy. Around the nation, the center is watching graduation requirements shift in Alabama and Massachusetts, assessment issues in California and Texas, and pandemic recovery in Illinois and Minnesota. The legislative updates include actions in 13 states on matters related to education innovation.
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Strategies for Shifting to Student-Centered Learning from the Aurora Institute Annual Survey

Aurora Institute Annual Survey Results

Each year the Aurora Institute conducts a survey of our network of members, event attendees, and stakeholders in our database as an important source of information from the field about our policy and practice work. On our CompetencyWorks blog, Research Director Eliot Levine has begun a series unpacking the results. The first post summarizes results from the first question, “What strategies, resources, or tools (including tech tools or platforms) have been most helpful in shifting to student-centered, anytime, anywhere learning?” The second question was “What is one successful practice you would recommend for schools and districts in the coming school year.” This yielded 101 practice suggestions, which are reported in the second post. Watch the CompetencyWorks blog for more analysis from this year’s survey.
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Perspective | Collaboration and innovation in a pandemic offer promise for a new direction
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Aurora Institute in the News


Transforming Learning through Competency-Based Education – via NASBE Standard

Why Competence-Based Education Is Necessary For The Future Of Work – via Forbes

School districts must learn from history, not repeat it– via K-12 Dive

Educators Moving Away from Seat Time for Mastery-Based Education – via Tech & Learning

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Our Center for Policy  leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective student-centered learning models toward the goals of high-quality learning and equity. Our policy priorities are designed to ensure the nation’s education system is fit for purpose and help move states forward from their current state of education to future systems.
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CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to K-12 competency-based education. Drawing on lessons learned by innovators, we share knowledge through a practice-focused blog, research reports on emerging issues, policy advocacy, and resources curated from across the field.
The Aurora Institute hosts a resource library containing more than 200 materials. Working collaboratively with diverse experts in the field, the Aurora Institute produces reports, books, policy briefs, blog posts, webinars, and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next-generation learning models.
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May 17, 2021

REMINDER – Aurora Institute Webinar 5/20/21 – Deepening Project-Based Learning: Lessons from Powerful New Research and Practice

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Deepening Project-Based Learning: Lessons from Powerful New Research and Practice

May 20, 2021 | 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT
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As we seek to shift the U.S. system of education toward competency-based education, project-based learning (PBL) offers a powerful strategy for greater student engagement and more authentic learning inside and outside the classroom. But does it work? And what are its implications for change at the school and district levels?

Please join a presentation and discussion on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 2 – 3 PM ET / 11 AM -12 PM PT to hear from Lucas Education Research, the Aurora Institute, school and district leaders, and educators at the forefront of future-focused learning about powerful new evidence of the impact of project-based learning across grades, subjects, and subgroups. Gain insights to advance project-based learning practices in your school, district, or other setting. Highlights will include:

New Evidence

Four newly released, peer-reviewed research papers show that rigorous project-based learning in U.S. public schools has a strong and positive impact on student outcomes across content areas, grade levels, and various subgroups of students.

Equity

Researchers conducted these studies in diverse districts with large percentages of traditionally underserved students, indicating that project-based learning can be a powerful lever for improving equity in U.S. schools.

Systems Change

Adoption of project-based learning challenges the present modes of teaching, curriculum, assessment, accountability, and more. What does the new evidence contribute to our understanding of how to set and support the conditions for competency-based education at the local, district, and state levels—especially as we look ahead to promoting better in-person learning experiences post-pandemic?

 

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