What is Competency Education?
Adapted from www.competencyworks.org
In a competency-based education system, students work toward mastery of a concept by setting goals based on “I Can” statements.
Here are a few examples of I Can statements being used at Lincoln Street School:
Who is our graduate?
In a 2015-2016 survey, parents and staff were asked the question, “What characteristics do you want our students to possess when they graduate from Exeter High School?” The following are the results of that survey:
Lincoln Street School
What it means for
and their families
Each graduate demonstrates
engaged learning and citizenship
through the ability to solve problems independently and collaboratively
with perseverance and resilience,
and communicates solutions
with confidence and empathy.
What is Project Based Learning?
Adapted from The Buck Institute for Education
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Project Based Learning is how students and teachers at Lincoln Street School will work toward a competency-based education system.
Teachers are working to develop projects and learning opportunities that include essential elements of PBL. Essential elements include:
Key Knowledge, Understanding, and Success Skills - The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and self-management.
Challenging Problem or Question - The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge.
Sustained Inquiry - Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information.
Authenticity - The project features real-world context, or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives.
Student Voice & Choice - Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create.
Reflection - Students and teachers reflect on learning, the effectiveness of their inquiry and project activities, the quality of student work, obstacles and how to overcome them.
Critique & Revision - Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products.
Public Product - Students make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.
Examples of projects in development at Lincoln Street School:
Teams of teachers will be working to enhance these projects and develop additional ones during the Summer of 2017.
For more information, please check the Lincoln Street School website at www.lss.sau16.org