Thoughts and updates from our staff and community.

February 26, 2018

Editor's Note: This is the second post in a three-part series. The first, Collaboration, can be found here.  Look for part III in the coming weeks.

Educators and staff amidst the shift from a traditional educational model to a Proficiency-Based model are finding conflicts and complications popping up around every corner, a natural result of any big syste...

January 22, 2018

Editor's Note: This is the first post in a three-part series. Please look for Part II, Reassessment and Redesign, in the coming weeks.

I was listening to Jennifer Gonzalez’s Cult of Pedagogy podcast recently, and something she said struck me as the perfect way to begin this post about the importance of working together in a Proficiency-Based Education (PBE) m...

January 8, 2018

Editor's note: This is part two in a multi-part series.

In my first post, I introduced ideas I’ve been turning over in my head lately, many of which were prompted by a class I took over the summer. One of our class assignments asked us to examine education policy to see how it fits with our own personal philosophies, or if it fits at all.

My personal code of e...

December 5, 2017

(Part I in a multipart series)

Last spring and summer I read a handful of local and national newspaper articles illuminating the friction caused by the shift to a proficiency-based model in education. What I read reminded me that there are strong opinions on all sides of this issue. It’s not those strong opinions that interest me, but, like other polarizing i...

November 6, 2017

Editor's note: This is part one in a multi-part series.

This past summer, I took a course that challenged me to examine my personal teaching philosophies and how they fit into the proficiency based practices proposed by the Maine Department of Education’s Strategic Plan and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). With respect to state and federal expectations,...

Editor's Note: This is part 4 in a series of 4 introducing JumpRope's new partnerships.  Find part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here.

Settling into the school year, we have one more exciting new partnership to announce. JumpRope clients who currently use our attendance feature might be interested to hear about our collaboration with Kinvolved and their...

October 3, 2017

Editor's Note: This is part 3 in a series of 4 introducing some of JumpRope's new partnerships.  Find part 1 here, part 2 here and part 4 here.

Bill Gates once said, “If I'd had some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?” Maybe you’re a fan of Mr. Gates, and maybe not, but I’d like to think that his statement...

September 18, 2017

Editor Note: This post is part 2 in a series of 4 introducing some of JumpRope's new partnerships.  Read part 1 here, part 3 here and part 4 here.

Curiosity, leads to action, leads to learning. My daughter took her curiosity to action in the form of robotics, coding, engineering and writing. At the age of 12, she was a member of the Lego Robotics team, w...

September 12, 2017

As we step into the 2017-2018 school year, we’d like to announce two very exciting partnerships we’re involved with. Our hope is that the work JumpRope does with Protean and Education Modified will be as interesting to you as it is to us. I will devote each of our next two blog posts to detailed descriptions of each of these electronic platforms and their in...

June 12, 2017

Summer reading. For some of us, that phrase invokes an image of sitting on the beach with the novels we don’t have time to read during the school year (or the novels we classify with terms like  “vacation” or “summer” books. I’ll let you define those terms as your imagination chooses.) Others think of the lists of titles we create for our incoming students...

May 3, 2017

School used to be a place where, among other things, teachers taught lessons, administered assessments and entered grades into the gradebook. That system was linear, straight-forward, clean. Now we live in a culture of students re-doing assignments, revisiting assessments and generally trying again (and even again and again) in order to learn and to demonstr...

April 4, 2017

Proficiency Based Learning or Proficiency Based Education (PBE) are new-ish names for what teachers in Special Education have been doing for a long time.  After going through a process to qualify them for special education services, we develop Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students who are not making progress at the same rate as their general educati...

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