Student Centered Learning

Souhegan HS Teacher Jenny Deenik on PACE: Performance Assessment is a way for students to gain back some precious learning time

Souhegan HS Teacher Jenny Deenik on PACE: Performance Assessment is a way for students to gain back some precious learning time

Jenny Deenik, a biology teacher at Souhegan High School, reflects on her work with New Hampshire’s pilot Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) program in an interview with Ed Week–and how integrated assessments have helped students feel more engaged, while providing teachers with real-time feedback on student performance.

The 3 essentials of competency-based learning: progression, opportunity, support

The 3 essentials of competency-based learning: progression, opportunity, support

Competency-based learning could hold the key to helping students succeed by using their strengths to show what they know.

“Learning for a purpose is deeper and longer lasting,” says charter CEO Kim Carter

“Learning for a purpose is deeper and longer lasting,” says charter CEO Kim Carter

At Making Community Connections Charter Schools (MC2) in Manchester and Keene, students are put in the driver’s seat of their learning experience. In a piece authored by The Hetchinger Report, Kim Carter–former NH Teacher of the Year and MC2’s Chief Education Officer–explains how personalized learning motivates students and prepares them for […]

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Milton teacher: ELOs “open up the world for students”

Next Steps New Hampshire recognized Nute High School teacher Fern Downing as the 2016 Transition Professional of the Year, according to Foster’s Daily Democrat. Downing has “allowed many to realize the goal of high school graduation,” said the committee. 

Londonderry Third Graders learning scientific measurement

Multi-age classrooms and competency in Pittsfield result in greater student community and achievement

Pittsfield Elementary School is using multi-age classrooms and competency to create more flexible, supportive learning environments for their students, reported The Concord Monitor. Within the first month, teachers report that their students love the new approach and feel more “valued and supported.”

Harrisville Wells Elementary School principal: “The students took on the role of being the teachers”

Harrisville Wells Elementary School principal: “The students took on the role of being the teachers”

We have been showing the great education documentary Most Likely to Succeed all over New Hampshire (here’s the trailer).  It’s about High Tech High, an innovative charter school in San Diego.  Our purpose is not to suggest that New Hampshire schools should look like High Tech High, but to stimulate […]

PACE Evaluations at Spaulding High School

Competency education engages and excites students: “The message is to really know the material”

New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry recently visited Oyster River Middle School in Durham, praising their work with competency education, according to Seacoast Online. The school was talking to Commissioner Barry about expanding competency, where students advance based on what they know rather than how long they’ve spent on a […]

Trust students and teachers to define their own approach to learning: Ted Dintersmith talks about re-imagining education

Trust students and teachers to define their own approach to learning: Ted Dintersmith talks about re-imagining education

The Washington Post featured Ted Dintersmith, father of two, venture capitalist, author of Most Likely to Succeed and executive producer of the documentary by the same name to discuss the film and his thoughts on the future of education. He’ll be in New Hampshire in late October to meet with schools […]

Londonderry Third Graders learning scientific measurement

Meeting academic content with play, passion, and purpose

Where skill, knowledge, and motivation meet is where schools should focus on teaching, according to an article in The New York Times. And that’s exactly what New Hampshire schools are doing by coming together with their communities to talk about how to prepare students for life in the 21st century, where […]

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How do we increase student motivation, confidence and passion for learning? Here’s one way.

Schools grounded in competency-based education principles show increases in motivation, confidence, and self-management among their students. The biggest gains were in the schools that recognized competency as a core foundation for the classroom.