Thoughts and updates from our staff and community.

January 29, 2020

At JumpRope and in the field of education in general, we talk a lot about transparency. To me transparency means providing an unobstructed view or clear access, no hidden surprises or secrets. It’s a good goal to aim for in schools and classrooms. In Visible LearningJohn Hattie helps us see that teacher clarity, a facet of transparency, is among the most e...

December 12, 2019

Last month we shared a look back and a look ahead for JumpRope. Jesse and Justin spent some time talking with me about what they see as deeply relevant in JumpRope’s past and how they envision that past shaping our future. They detailed some things they hold firmly to, like a commitment to making learning more meaningful for students, new product development...

November 8, 2019

As we step firmly into our second decade of being JumpRope, we thought it would be good to look back at where we’ve been and also look forward to where we are going. Jesse shared in our June blog post some major product-based changes. The next step is to rebuild our web applications for administrators, teachers, and students. Some of that has already happene...

May 24, 2019

As the 2018-19 school year comes to an end, I'd like to take some time to share our product plans and roadmap over the summer and into next school year.  I’m also excited to announce that we’ll be releasing brand new district-wide reporting tools to our customers next week! Read on to find out more.

I began writing the software that you know as JumpRope on my...

December 4, 2018

I believe firmly that we have a great deal to learn from careful consideration of history. The short history of the proficiency movement is no exception. In writing this fall series, I very quickly realized that some of the most useful thinking would come from those with lived experience. This final post is drawn completely from the dedicated conversations I...

November 27, 2018

In my last post, I shared that, the New England Secondary School Consortium tells us “College admissions staff members consider school profiles essential to the admissions process because these provide the necessary context to interpret and understand the academic accomplishments of individual students. A carefully constructed transcript is made much more po...

October 9, 2018

Districts and schools that choose to use a proficiency-based transcript for their college-bound students have nothing to fear. I encourage school board members, administrators, teachers, students, and parents to read the literature on proficiency-based transcripts as a way to help assuage concerns. I encourage the more tenacious readers (or those of you with...

September 19, 2018

More than any other document generated by a high school, the transcript can feel like the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a typical human being: very small, and utterly determinative. Given the power the transcript holds, we’ve taken the task of developing a proficiency-based transcript very seriously. After three years of ongoing discussions with trusted thought...

August 8, 2018

Editor's Note: This is the final post in a three-part series. The first, Collaboration, can be found here.  The second, Reassessment and Redesign, can be found here.

Last spring, I was lucky to work with a small cohort of colleagues from Gorham Middle School (GMS) in our shared effort to implement Proficiency-Based Education (PBE) practices in our unique...

July 16, 2018

Editor's note: This is part three in a multi-part series.  Please see part one here and part two here.  Courtney is a teacher at Narragansett Elementary School in Gorham, Maine.

Like many districts that have adopted national standards, the performance indicators (PIs) we use in the Gorham School district require students to deepen their understandin...

June 18, 2018

It’s almost here. As you daydream about the possibilities for shorter work days, extended weekends, time to see your family and friends, read, hike, sit on the beach, we’d like to gently suggest some things we think are worth a bit of your attention and quiet thought time.

First, take a break. You’ve earned it. Any JumpRope-related tweaks, changes, and new id...

March 16, 2018

(part 2 in a multi-part series)

Way back in December I wrote Looking at the Ingredients, Not at the Label, a post asking all of us to suspend our judgement on the merits (or absence of merits) of a proficiency-based system in favor of an examination of common practices and goals that have emerged from this change we are navigating. I relied heavily on a 2015...

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