/ January 3, 2021

Investing in Teachers as Agents of Scale

As part of a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation funded research-practice partnership (RPP), JFF (Jobs for the Future) has been collecting data and insights on the scaling of WSPs (aka deeper learning competencies or essential skills) in New Hampshire.  From the start, the state’s PACE system was a key driver to scale, providing a critical backbone for assessing competency-based efforts. What has become clearer to the JFF research team is that investing in teacher capacity to instruct and assess WSPs has been a critical move to ensure that the practice change is deep, spreads, and is sustainable.  A key orientation has been a strong commitment to teacher ownership of the process.  The practice partner is this effort, the New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI), has been critical to supporting and pushing this teacher-centered approach forward.

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/ May 2, 2019

Assessing Performance in a Competency-Based System

As a teacher, I relied on my supportive colleagues to be a sounding board for ideas, but as the first curriculum director for the Sanborn Regional School District in Kingston, N.H., I was on my own as I faced the challenge of aligning K-12 curriculum and instruction in four schools. When I found myself feeling […]

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