A recent meeting at TransformSC's Learning Institute offered public school educators from throughout the Palmetto State the chance to learn about new technology and innovations available to the them, with a focus on competency-based progression.
“Competency-based progression means that students advance individually based on mastery of the content rather than as a group at a pace set by the teacher,” Dr. Peggy Torrey, director of TransformSC, said. “In a competency-based system, the needs of every student can be met. Students who are struggling receive the support and extra time they need, and those students who are working at an average or more advanced pace remain challenged by being able to move onto new content when they are ready.”
TransformSC is an arm of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, an organization that brings together representatives from all areas of the public education system.
Featured speakers at the meeting were Gene Wilhoit, director of the Center for Innovation at the University of Kentucky; a team from Sanborn School District in New Hampshire; and Judy Beard, principal of Whittemore Park Middle School, Conway, South Carolina.
The session was the second of three planned by TransformSC Learning Institutes scheduled for the 2015-16 school year. The final session, “Blending Soft Skills with Digital Instruction,” will take place Feb. 4, 2016.
Teachers were also able to exchange ideas during breakout sessions.
“We had teams from 21 school districts and seven higher education institutions with us today,” Betty Bagley, TransformSC's liaison to the State Department of Education, said. “In terms of the national landscape, South Carolina is just emerging as a state moving toward competency-based education. But the momentum we have through the hard work and leadership of our educators is incredible.”
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