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 –
Don’t dismiss the importance of culture! Without structures and strategies to build student ownership of learning, students will struggle to reach proficiency and teachers will work harder than their students.
Student ownership is necessary to create learners who know — what they know now, what they do not know yet, what they need to advocate for, and how to advocate for it.
To create active learners you must have strategies and structures in place so they can move from passive learners to active learners.
Learn more —
- Personalized Learning with Matt and Courtney: Talking through the Do’s and Don’t Do’s of Learner-centered Proficiency-based Education
- Untangling terms – Definitions from several sources:
Explore Key Concepts —
- Student Engagement and Independence
- Teacher-centered vs. Learner-centered Paradigms (pdf)
- Student Self-assessment & Goal Setting
Self-assessment helps students develop the ability to look forward, look now, look back, look in, and look out. To set goals effectively relies on the ability to skillfully self-assess and then, given time, resources, knowledge of self, content, context and direction, set targets that are doable with concerted effort.
- Strategies and Structures to Create a Learner-Centered Culture
- Six Exemplars of Student-Centered Practice (pdf)
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Code of Cooperation Implementation Rubric (pdf)