Shifting from an industrial-age education model to a post-industrial learner-centered model is an essential part of preparing students for college and 21st century careers, and the process works best when the learner-centered approach is applied to the professional learning of teachers and administrators, as well as the education of their students.
During a recent edWebinar, Katie Martin, Ph.D and Symon Hayes of Altitude Learning explained how using a learner-centered process prepares administrators and teachers to implement the same approach with their students. Kimberly Hatten, Ed.D. discussed how the approach had worked successfully in the Futures Academy network of schools.
The learning model Dr. Martin presented is known as competency-based learning, and one key aspect is that learners “articulate” their own progress toward competencies. This is important because with today’s diverse students and educators, learners have different timelines and trajectories and the pace of the learning may vary. Deep collaboration between the learners and the people guiding their progress is therefore necessary, and ongoing evaluations should guide the process as well as determine mastery.