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Off the Clock
Moving Education From Time to Competency



March 2012 | 192 pages | Corwin

How to base learning on mastery instead of time

What if you could remove time and space pressures from the process of teaching and learning? The authors of Off the Clock not only suggest this, but they have implemented it in New Hampshire. Due in part to their work, the New England Consortium won the 2011 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation through the Education Commission of the States. This book's core idea is that student achievement should be based on mastering competencies instead of "seat time." In addition, learning does not need to be restricted to a school building or traditional school calendar. Fred Bramante and Rose Colby describe a uniquely 21st century learning environment in which:

  • Every student is engaged
  • Parents and students have more control over learning
  • Dropouts are all but eliminated
  • Curriculum becomes virtually limitless, project-based, and interdisciplinary

This text for educators, policymakers, parents, and community members provides a comprehensive approach to implementing a large-scale competency-based reform initiative. Wherever this model is applied, public education will be vastly improved, more efficient, and, quite possibly, less expensive. The ultimate beneficiaries will be our nation's children.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Imagine School Without Clocks
 
Part I. Leverage: The Perfect Storm
 
1. Setting the Table for Transformation
 
2. Reform: Getting Better at Things That Don't Work
 
Part II. The New Hampshire Story: Mandating Flexibility: Why Leadership From the Top Matters
 
3. Fred's Story
 
4. Rose's Story
 
5. New Hampshire Present and Future
 
Part III. The New Model for Learning: 20th Century Versus 21st Century
 
6. Time Versus Mastery
 
7. Competency-Based Learning
 
8. Learning in the 21st Century
 
9. Dropouts Versus Engaged Learners
 
10. Teacher Versus Educator
 
11. Teacher Compensation
 
Part IV. Selling the Concept: A Conscious Effort to Create Public Demand
 
12. Selling to Students and Parents
 
13. Selling to Business, Nonprofits, and Communities
 
14. Selling to the Education Community and Professional Organizations
 
15. Selling the Concept and the Politics to Legislators
 
Part V. Imagine the Possibilities
 
16. Moving Education From Time to Competency
 
Appendix
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“A must read on education reform in the 21st century. This book gives a “how to” perspective that we can all learn from.”

Ann Dargon, Superintendent of Schools
Ashland Public Schools, MA

"An impressive account of New Hampshire’s journey from time-based teaching to competency-based learning, Off the Clock presents the rationale, process, challenges, and key learnings from the NH quest for zero dropouts and substantive, sustainable secondary school redesign. Based on firsthand involvement in the inception and implementation of the change process, Off the Clock is as informative as it is inspirational."

Kim Carter, Executive Director
QED Foundation

"Off the Clock is a delight! Bramante and Colby have given us a deeply personal, vibrant, and visionary insight into the why, what and how to move us past the schools of old. With their deep hands-on knowledge, the authors take you deep into the details of New Hampshire’s bold break from the strangling hold of the time-based Carnegie unit into a mastery-based education system. For anyone interested in competency-based learning, Off the Clock is a must read."

Chris Sturgis, Founder
MetisNet

"No more “one-size-fits-all.” The conversation that will follow the must-read, Off the Clock, will transform educational models and policy to individualized learning with the essential measures of accountability for student growth and competency."

Marsha M. Myles, President and CEO
Ed Tech Specialists
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Key features
  • Offers the first complete documentation of a large-scale competency-based reform initiative.
  • Provides a blueprint for other states interested in adopting competency models of learning and teaching
  • Articulates a uniquely 21st century model for learning, which promotes alternative learning environments, mastery of competencies as the standard unit of measurement, and the role of the teacher as coordinator of learning

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