Competency-Based Learning

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern Time


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Our Guest This Week

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Ray McNulty

Ray McNulty is a nationally renowned educator and advocate dedicated to improving and reinventing our nation’s high schools. He currently serves as Dean of the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University, recently cited by Fast Company magazine as the world’s 12th most innovative organization in its listing of the “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.” In addition to being a Senior Fellow to the International Center for Leadership in Education, McNulty has been a teacher, vice principal, and principal in Massachusetts. Previous positions also include that of Superintendent of Windham Southeast Supervisory Union in Brattleboro, Vermont; and education commissioner for the state of Vermont where he focused on key issues around early education, educator quality, and secondary school reform. McNulty earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bridgewater State College and a master's degree in education administration at Johnson State College. He is also the author of It’s Not Us Against Them—Creating the Schools We Need, and is board chair for the National Dropout Prevention Network.

This Week's Topic

Ray McNulty is one of the nation’s leading experts in, and advocates for, competency-based learning. Instead of mastering skills through memorization and testing, competency-based learning allows students to achieve at their own pace, in addition to incorporating growth experiences outside the classroom, such as volunteering for a civic organization. According to McNulty, expanding opportunities for students to learn and share what they’ve learned with others increases student engagement and helps reduce the incidence of dropout. During this program on competency-based learning, McNulty will:
  • Address strategies and research on how this style of learning is relevant and critical to student success.
  • increase understanding of how competencies raise the "standards of learning."

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