Off the Clock: Moving Education From Time to Competency

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How to base learning on mastery instead of time

The authors not only suggest that student achievement should be based on mastering competencies instead of “seat time,” they have implemented it in New Hampshire—and this book tells you how. Fred Bramante and Rose Colby describe their successful 21st century ...

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Overview

How to base learning on mastery instead of time

The authors not only suggest that student achievement should be based on mastering competencies instead of “seat time,” they have implemented it in New Hampshire—and this book tells you how. Fred Bramante and Rose Colby describe their successful 21st century model 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Kim Carter
"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."
Elizabeth Alvarez
"Provides the urgency for school systems to begin focusing on the whole child's education. The model in New Hampshire similar to the CCSS sets the stage for schools to begin their theory of action so student achievement increases system-wide."
Dan Lawson
“In an era of proposals involving quick turnarounds of educational delivery systems, the authors have shared a view of a long-term, high stakes process to rethink how schools do business while maintaining a focus on both Real World Learning and Following the Child. This has the potential to change the landscape of public education nationwide.”
Glen Ishiwata
“The authors identify important issues about learning, shows what they did to invoke changes, and provides alternatives that can be used in schools, districts, and states. This book challenges educators to create alternative means for students to learn that meet or exceed proficiency for standards and courses.”
Lyne Ssebikindu

“This book is an excellent resource for practitioners andleaders at local, regional, state, and national levels. The authors offer innovative insights for restoring meaning to learning.”

Jason E. Glass
“Bramante and Colby offer an insiders’ look at how America’s schools might make the long-awaited break from the factory model of education. This book gives us more than just hope that a real transformation is finally upon us—it shows the path.”
Roger Sampson
"At a time when there was an unusually large number of deserving nominees, New Hampshire won the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation."
Jeff Herzberg
“The authors have eloquently described the beginning of 21st Century Education. The move from time as the constantand high level learning as the variable to an education where high level learning is the constant will impact the next generation of citizens to be better equipped to deal with their future.”
Marsha M. Myles
"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."
Tanna Nicely

Off The Clock provides practitioners with an enormous amount of research on why our antiquated way of instruction is obsolete.”

Ronald Fielder
“The competency-based approach is consistent with our changing context in America and may be the one approach that unlocks the numerous restraints in our current 20th century delivery model. By honoring choice and personalization of learning, this book's ideas have potential for support by parents, educators, employers, and policy makers.”
Ann Dargon
“A must read on education reform in the 21st century. This book gives a “how to” perspective that we can all learn from.”
Chris Sturgis
"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."
Jason E. Glass
“Bramante and Colby offer an insiders’ look at how America’s schools might make the long-awaited break from the factory model of education. This book gives us more than just hope that a real transformation is finally upon us—it shows the path.”
Roger Sampson
"At a time when there was an unusually large number of deserving nominees, New Hampshire won the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation."
Jeff Herzberg
“The authors have eloquently described the beginning of 21st Century Education. The move from time as the constantand high level learning as the variable to an education where high level learning is the constant will impact the next generation of citizens to be better equipped to deal with their future.”
Elizabeth Alvarez
"Provides the urgency for school systems to begin focusing on the whole child's education. The model in New Hampshire similar to the CCSS sets the stage for schools to begin their theory of action so student achievement increases system-wide."
Marsha M. Myles
"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."
Lyne Ssebikindu
“This book is an excellent resource for practitioners andleaders at local, regional, state, and national levels. The authors offer innovative insights for restoring meaning to learning.”
Tanna Nicely
“Off The Clock provides practitioners with an enormous amount of research on why our antiquated way of instruction is obsolete.”
Ronald Fielder
“The competency-based approach is consistent with our changing context in America and may be the one approach that unlocks the numerous restraints in our current 20th century delivery model. By honoring choice and personalization of learning, this book's ideas have potential for support by parents, educators, employers, and policy makers.”
Glen Ishiwata
“The authors identify important issues about learning, shows what they did to invoke changes, and provides alternatives that can be used in schools, districts, and states. This book challenges educators to create alternative means for students to learn that meet or exceed proficiency for standards and courses.”
Dan Lawson
“In an era of proposals involving quick turnarounds of educational delivery systems, the authors have shared a view of a long-term, high stakes process to rethink how schools do business while maintaining a focus on both Real World Learning and Following the Child. This has the potential to change the landscape of public education nationwide.”
Ann Dargon
“A must read on education reform in the 21st century. This book gives a “how to” perspective that we can all learn from.”
Kim Carter
"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."
Chris Sturgis
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452217314
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/14/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 678,864
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

“School taught me that I was not very bright. Life taught me that school was wrong.” These words epitomize the foundation for Fred Bramante’s dedicated passion for transforming public education into a system that will work for virtually ever student.

Fred is a former middle school Science teacher, a former candidate for governor, a life long entrepreneur, and a past Chairman and long standing member of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, he led a full-scale effort to redesign public education, especially at the high school level, which resulted in a major revamping of New Hampshire’s education regulations and the subsequent development of the New Hampshire vision For High School Redesign. Fred has been the public voice of this movement and has carried the competency-based message around the country.

Fred consults with state departments of education, and national and regional associations across America. He has been a featured speaker and presenter at numerous education conferences. He holds a BS from Keene State College (1970) and an MA in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University (2006). He has been honored to receive the Alumni Achievement Award from both Keene (1995) and Plymouth (2009). In 1964, Fred graduated 206th of 212 students in his high school; that year his applications for admission to both colleges were rejected.

Rose Colby is currently a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist assisting high schools throughout the state of New Hampshire in designing high quality competency, assessment, and grading reform systems. Ms. Colby is a motivational speaker and presenter in the areas of competency based learning, digital learners, differentiation, and school leadership.

Since 2007, Ms. Colby has been a partner in the Nellie Mae Education Foundation funded project centered on student success though Extended Learning Opportunities in partnership with Q.E.D. Foundation, PlustimeNH, and the NH Department of Education. She is currently part of the planning team for the N.H. Next Generation Learning Project.

Prior to 2006, Ms. Colby was the principal of Mountain View Middle School, which was awarded the N.H. Department of Education Excellence Award (School of the Year) in1996 and 2001. While on sabbatical in 2002, she served as Principal in Residence for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s N.H. School Administrators Leading with Technology project.

Ms. Colby is currently Adjunct Professor in Educational Leadership at Plymouth State University teaching courses in Staff Supervision and Evaluation, Leadership in Curriculum Development and Assessment, and Differentiated Instruction.

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Table of Contents

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
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