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Announcements and food for thought from Marilyn Olson, Program Director.

Quality Content Teaching and Learning

Thursday, July 07, 2011

In the end, teaching is about learning.  Unless there is evidence that teaching can enhance or advance learning, there is little reason for teaching to continue.  An article praising Proficiency-based Teaching and Learning in the June 2011 issue of Today’s OEA (pp. 14-19) pays tribute to Oregon schools and districts that are modeling “proficiency-based” programs and it reminds us that the standards and essential skills movements of the late 80s and early 90s provided the groundwork for where we are today.  Thousands of hours and dollars were spent writing the standards that spelled out what every student must know and be able to do, designing the rubrics of expectations, and providing exemplars of proficiency, but those efforts fell short of enforcing the expectations.  We got (and bought) the concept, but the ways and means were still missing.   Perhaps that’s how long it takes for progress to actually work.  First comes the idea – and then comes the much longer process of figuring out how to turn good ideas into actual practice. More