Use of Space & Time – Staging
Element: Flexible Learning; Anytime, Anywhere
Description: By leveraging technology and media resources, digital learning options are available for students at any time of day, from home, at school, and in the community. The value of anytime, anywhere learning is dependent on access and capacity for use; ubiquitous, robust internet access and the capacity to use digital learning tools and resources effectively.
Possible Next Step: District leaders have policies and budgets in place to enact their plan for anytime, anywhere learning. They have identified plans for addressing issues of access for device, high-speed Internet, and digital content for every student. District leaders have staged a digital learning or content management environment that allows classroom teachers to begin to work towards models or online and blended learning, and have continual review processes in place for licensing agreements. They have measures in place to evaluate their plans, and a continual feedback system to monitor roll out of any devices, access issues, or blended learning opportunities. They are staged to provide professional development to teachers, and additional training to students that will enable flexible, anytime, anywhere learning.
Element: New Pedagogy, Schedules, and Learning Environments for Personalized Learning
Description: To facilitate more personalized learning, educators work together to identify and validate new designs for personalized learning where the use of time is adaptable and flexible. Associated resources are made available to all students both synchronously and asynchronously to promote flexibility.
Possible Next Step: District leaders have staged education professionals and students for personalized learning opportunities through the use of new pedagogies, schedules, and learning environments. Policies, funding, and metrics to measure effectiveness are in place, and the infrastructure is ready to provide synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities to all students.
Element: Competency-Based Learning
Description: One facet of personalized learning, Competency-Based Learning (CBL), integrates student voice and choice, flexible paced learning with timely support, and demonstration of academic proficiency. Pace of learning is flexible based on the needs of individual students and the challenges of complex, often project-based work. Timely support is provided to accommodate learning needs and guarantee access to content and resources. Upon mastery of explicit, measurable and transferable outcomes that demonstrate the application and creation of knowledge, learners move on to a new, targeted standard or course.
Possible Next Step: District leaders have enacted their plan, with new policies that establish competency-based learning in place. With the necessary infrastructure, policies, and budgets in place issues related to equity and access have been addressed. Teachers and students are prepared for the transition to competency-based learning, and the district is staged with redesigned curriculum, instruction and assessment practices.
Element: Strategies for Providing Extended Time for Projects and Collaboration
Description: Districts are re-imagining the school day and school year by re-designing and extending learning time, providing greater access to integrated enrichment and quality instruction. Rather than rigid schedules and short class periods, time allocations are flexible, allowing for extended schedules and work time for complex projects. Digital learning enables students to productively use time during and beyond the school day, often redefining homework time.
Possible Next Step: District leaders have the curriculum, policies, and budgets in place to enact their plans for extending time during and beyond the school day. Teachers and students are prepared for this transition and are staged to leverage new authentic learning opportunities that necessitate more time for collaboration and projects. Education professionals and other stakeholders (including families) understand the scheduling changes that are occurring and the ways that those changes will be continuously evaluated. District leaders have identified plans for addressing issues of access for devices, high-speed Internet, and learning materials for every student.