MCLA’s Four Elements of Proficiency-based Education
- A learner-centered culture that enables and supports clear student learning targets, evidence collection, and intentional instruction.
- Transparent learning targets with an appropriate level of rigor.
- Evidence of rigorous learning collected and fairly evaluated.
- Instruction intentionally designed to support learners to reach targets.
What we’re learning . . .
Selecting strategies is a science. Which strategies to choose depends on your focus at the time and the learning needs of students. Strategies, and the tools, techniques, and activities needed to implement them all need to align with the learning targets. Julie Meltzer, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Development in the Mt. Desert Island Regional School System, identifies these as especially helpful in a proficiency-based system:
- Strategies that support philosophies of proficiency-based teaching and learning.
- Strategies that create a readiness for learning.
- Strategies to develop understanding and application.
- Strategies to scaffold up to rigor.
Learn more . . .
Planning Proficiency-based Instruction