"Luckily for teachers, administrators and school boards, some education technology companies offer toolkits known as Learning Relationship Management platforms (LRMs) to transform assessment, create opportunities for personalization and support the college-and-career-ready mission of the Common Core."
Thanks to the Common Core and other 21st century curricula, learning in American public schools has shifted from a focus on memorization of content toward an emphasis on transferrable skill-building. This change provides students with more opportunities to use school as a way to purposefully prepare for career and adult life, while also creating a need for teachers and administrators to shift the assessment model.
For decades, students have been graded from A to F on their ability to demonstrate learning, but with the transition away from rote learning and towards authentic skill development, this way of documenting and tracking education just doesn’t have the same value or impact. Many leaders see how this outdated assessment model is holding back students’ abilities to embrace the new, more outcome-focused model for schools, but little has been done to make changes in districts for fear it will create new or additional work for teachers.
Luckily for teachers, administrators and school boards, some education technology companies offer toolkits known as Learning Relationship Management platforms (LRMs) to transform assessment, create opportunities for personalization and support the college-and-career-ready mission of the Common Core. Strong LRMs allow teachers and students to tie each lesson, project, assignment or authentic learning opportunity to specific core standards, skill targets or local expectations, such as a graduate vision. This makes each learning moment transparently valuable, simplifies documentation and finally answers the question, “Why are we learning this?” once and for all.
LRMs also create a lively, visual space for important reflections and discussions about learning. Teachers can finally provide feedback in an individualized online space, where valuable honesty and necessary individual support feel more personal and less punitive. Learners can communicate through the platform with their stakeholder network about progress towards standards, areas in which they feel they need support, topics of interest or excitement or any other relevant ideas. Additionally, the platform prompts students to complete reflections at each milestone along the journey, creating an interactive journal that provides a holistic record of their learning moments over the years. In this way, LRMs allow students to demonstrate content knowledge and process skill building activities in a way that also supports reflective practice and fosters metacognitive skill.
In addition to creating a more positive, personalized, transparent platform for learning, LRMs directly support teachers and administrators when it comes to rethinking assessment. Unlike a traditional gradebook, which focuses on how individual assignments come together to provide a picture of the learner’s progress, LRMs focus directly on the desired outcomes and big picture goals for learners, creating a transformative framework that immediately shifts the way we do school. There’s no doubt about: learning relationship management is the best way to drive our schools forward as we continue preparing students to live in a 21st century world.
To learn more about how an LRM can transform learning in your school or district, schedule a demo of Epiphany Learning today!