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Off the Clock
Moving Education From Time to Competency



March 2012 | 192 pages | Corwin
The authors participated in a bold, statewide school improvement initiative that re-examined the role of a critical variable in twentieth century educationùtime. Progressive educational policy changes in New Hampshire have put into motion the most dynamic approach to the delivery of education of any state in America. This statewide effort to create a system of personalizedstomized learning cannot properly function in the 20th century model of teaching and learning where time is the constant and achievement is the variable. The steps that New Hampshire has taken will provide the foundation for a new delivery model where time is the variable and achievement is the constant.The New Hampshire vision is built on the assumption that students can learn through a variety of experiencesùtraditional classroom instruction being but one mode of delivery. Out-of-classroom Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO's) provide alternatives to classroom instruction. These can include internships, private instruction, on-line learning and other forms of independent study. But, at the core of this vision, is the idea that student achievement (and, by extension, teacher effectiveness) should be measured in terms of mastering competencies, rather than the traditional measure of 'seat time.' Although competency-based models have been attempted, the New Hampshire story is unique in that it offers a unique case of large-scale implementation. Bramante and Colby offer the reader the ability to understand a new context for the reinvention of education and how these challenges affect all levels and aspects of our system of public education. Education professionalsùfrom classroom teachers to policy makersùhave much to learn from the lesson of New Hampshire.
 
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

“A must read on education reform in the 21st century. This book gives a “how to” perspective that we can all learn from.”

Ann Dargon, Superintendent of Schools
Ashland Public Schools, MA

"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."

Kim Carter, Executive Director
QED Foundation

"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."

Chris Sturgis, Founder
MetisNet

"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."

Marsha M. Myles, President and CEO
Ed Tech Specialists
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