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Exercise 1
Fine-Tuning Your Definition of Student Success
developed by Dave Lash & Grace Belfiore
for Next Generation Lear...
This is the first in a series of MyWays exercise packets.
Exercise 1: Fine-Tuning Your Definition of Student Success
Exerc...
Putting MyWays to Work
The MyWays model, tools, and reports provide a
useful framework for design thinking & model buildin...
Putting MyWays to Work
The MyWays project is attempting to help grantees and
school designers answer three big questions:
...
The MyWays model provides school designers, teachers,
parents, and students with a set of 20 student competencies
needed f...
Organized in four arenas, MyWays serves as a rosetta stone
to translate research from across the broad, multi-disciplinary...
7Putting MyWays to Work
Here’s how
MyWays
aligns with a
few selected
models from
the student
success
landscape.
See a late...
8Putting MyWays to Work
Drilling deeper. This table provides short definitions for each of the competencies. The
forthcomi...
One issue we researched in depth is the
relationship between a person’s internal
behaviors and dispositions, their learnin...
Knowledge Skills
Work Study
Practices
Work Study
Practices
Each school or jurisdiction has its own language
and constructs...
Exercises 1a & 1b
Fine-Tuning Your Definition of Student Success
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Exercise 1a:
Defining and Mapping Your Definition of S...
12Exercise 1a. Defining and Mapping Your Definition of Student Success
Exercise 1a.
Like all MyWays tools, this Competency...
13Exercise 1b. Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success
“Force visual comparison,” stresses Edward Tufte,
th...
14Exercise 1b. Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success
The case of Tia*
A 14-year-old living in Boston, her...
15Exercise 1b. Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success
In this second plot, we have used a more detailed ve...
16Exercise 1b. Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success
Exercise 1b.
Read and discuss the Introducing MyWays...
All files associated with these exercises can be found in the MyWays Beta Toolbox.
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MyWays Exercise 1: Fine-Tuning Your Definition of Student Success

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The MyWays Framework is a dashboard that concisely distills the major frameworks available today for deeper, richer definitions of student success. The 20 competencies are grouped in the four arenas of Content Knowledge, Creative Know-How, Habits of Success, and Wayfinding Abilities.
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MyWays Exercise 1: Fine-Tuning Your Definition of Student Success

  1. 1. Exercise 1 Fine-Tuning Your Definition of Student Success developed by Dave Lash & Grace Belfiore for Next Generation Learning Challenges Andrew Calkins, Deputy Director September 18, 2015 DRAFT MyWays is supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation with additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 1 © 2015 EDUCAUSE This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ Putting MyWays to Work
  2. 2. This is the first in a series of MyWays exercise packets. Exercise 1: Fine-Tuning Your Definition of Student Success Exercise 1a: Defining and Mapping Your Definition of Student Success Exercise 1b: Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success Quick link to the MyWays Beta Toolbox Repository for all MyWays overviews, tools, and exercises. For a detailed listing of Exercise 1 documents, see the last slide in this deck. Next Packet: Exercise 2 – Learning Design as Rich as Your Definition of Student Success Putting MyWays to Work 2
  3. 3. Putting MyWays to Work The MyWays model, tools, and reports provide a useful framework for design thinking & model building. 3
  4. 4. Putting MyWays to Work The MyWays project is attempting to help grantees and school designers answer three big questions: How well are we defining and articulating what success looks like for students attending our school? How well does our design for learning and the organization of our school directly support students' attainment of that richer, deeper definition of success? How do we gauge students' progress in developing those competencies? And: How can we measure and articulate our school’s overall performance, beyond proficiency in ELA and math? 4 The exercises in this packet, 1a and 1b, address the first of these three big questions—how to define and articulate what student success looks like. 1 2 3
  5. 5. The MyWays model provides school designers, teachers, parents, and students with a set of 20 student competencies needed for success in college, career, and life. 5Putting MyWays to Work
  6. 6. Organized in four arenas, MyWays serves as a rosetta stone to translate research from across the broad, multi-disciplinary student success landscape. 6Putting MyWays to Work
  7. 7. 7Putting MyWays to Work Here’s how MyWays aligns with a few selected models from the student success landscape. See a later slide for more on capability and agency.
  8. 8. 8Putting MyWays to Work Drilling deeper. This table provides short definitions for each of the competencies. The forthcoming MyWays Model report provides deeper discussion of the research for the competencies.
  9. 9. One issue we researched in depth is the relationship between a person’s internal behaviors and dispositions, their learning and skill development, and their confidence and effectiveness operating in the real world —operating in the real world being essential to success in college, career, and life. The research suggests that competence is the union of capability and agency as we have defined those terms here. Additionally, the behaviors, skills, and dispositions that comprise agency (as well as capability) “are local” in the sense that an individual might be high-agency in one area, say math, but low-agency in English, social skills, or developing a personal roadmap to a new goal. Or vice versa. Accordingly, a key takeaway from the research is the importance of developing agency within specific competencies, rather than as a separate ability. 9Putting MyWays to Work
  10. 10. Knowledge Skills Work Study Practices Work Study Practices Each school or jurisdiction has its own language and constructs. MyWays is designed to provide a common frame through which reformers can connect their work to research and practice elsewhere. (NH cross-mapped here) 10Putting MyWays to Work Another feature of MyWays is its emphasis on interoperability with other frameworks.
  11. 11. Exercises 1a & 1b Fine-Tuning Your Definition of Student Success 11 Exercise 1a: Defining and Mapping Your Definition of Student Success Exercise 1b: Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success Before delving into the two exercises presented in this section, we recommend that your design team members read the Introducing MyWays overview listed on the last page of this deck. Discuss it as a group. Seek agreement on what information will be useful to collect on the worksheet and spider plots. This packet is designed to help you begin working with MyWays and specifically with the first big question: How well are we defining and articulating what success looks like for students attending our school?
  12. 12. 12Exercise 1a. Defining and Mapping Your Definition of Student Success Exercise 1a. Like all MyWays tools, this Competency Correlation Tool is flexible and adaptable to many purposes. Customize the tool and exercise to fit your needs! Here’s Exercise 1a: Download the Competency Correlation Tool from the MyWays Beta Toolbox. Working individually, compare your school’s model of student success against the MyWays competencies. (Work on hard copy, digitally using the Excel template, or load the template into a Google doc for collaborative editing.) Compare worksheets and discuss. Where is your model strongest? What competencies do you feel should be strengthened or added? Come up with a joint analysis and action plan based on that analysis.
  13. 13. 13Exercise 1b. Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success “Force visual comparison,” stresses Edward Tufte, the guru of information visualization. To that end, MyWays provides two simple spider plot tools: a detailed plot of all 20 competencies (upper right) and an arena plot that uses one combined score for the five competencies in each arena (lower right). The tools are built in Excel, are easy to use, and easy to customize. Most importantly, they can be used to compare almost any two conditions: contrasting student profiles, the same student at two points in time, program profiles at schools A and B, and so forth. In Exercise 1b, you will use the MyWays Competency Detail Plotting Tool to generate a spider plot of an individual student’s current strengths, needs, and goals across the full set of MyWays competencies. First, we demonstrate how this is done.
  14. 14. 14Exercise 1b. Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success The case of Tia* A 14-year-old living in Boston, here’s how Tia (black line) might be compared to an academically “on-track” student (red line) using the arena-level plotting tool. Any scale can be used with the tool; in this case, the student in red is Performing (‘3’) in the Content Knowledge and Habits of Success arenas with lower scores in Creative Know How and Wayfinding Abilities. Tia’s low-income background and moderate dyslexia have contributed to her lower Content Knowledge score, but she is a determined child with several strengths in other arenas that would typically go unnoticed, or at least, undeveloped in traditional schools. On the next page, we’ll look deeper at the individual competencies in each arena using the more detailed plotting tool. First though, note the screenshot of the Excel file (right). The plot is generated automatically by changes in the ‘Enter Data’ table. Easy-to-follow instructions are provided right on the same page. Plots can be customized through simple editing of the spreadsheet. * Tia is a fictionalized composite of two real students in the Boston area.
  15. 15. 15Exercise 1b. Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success In this second plot, we have used a more detailed version of the Excel tool to show Tia’s current level for all 20 MyWays competencies (black). That profile shows several peaks which figured significantly in developing the goals and individual education plan represented by the purple line. In addition to her Individualized Education Program focused solely on her dyslexia, Tia’s teachers and parents have helped Tia establish some learning activities and goals (purple line) that will cultivate her strengths and interests while exploring potential career pathways. Examples: • Providing learning experiences in and out of school to maximize her strong Social Skills, Communication ability, and Practical Life Skills; • Declaring an “academic major” around her two great loves—young children and animals—using two Content Knowledge platforms: Science, Social Studies, Arts, Languages and Career-Related Technical Skills; • Translating the determination and hard work Tia has shown in overcoming her disability and her family’s financial struggles, along with Social Skills and self- knowledge beyond her years, into more Positive Mindsets, Academic Behaviors, and Learning Strategies.
  16. 16. 16Exercise 1b. Creating a Graphical Learning Plan for Student Success Exercise 1b. Read and discuss the Introducing MyWays overview. Download the Competency Detailed Plotting Tool from the MyWays Beta Toolbox. Read the instructions within the spreadsheet. Customize the exercise to fit your current needs. Consider plotting a student’s current status and future goals, or modify the exercise to use the tool for an assessment of your learning program or goals. Select one of the scales provided within the instructions, or use another scale of your own creation. For purposes of this exercise, enter values for each competency (left) based on actual data or your informed experience. Generate plot(s). Discuss the plots and new insights. Come up with a joint analysis and action plan based on that analysis. Watch for forthcoming MyWays reports and practice briefings for information on learning design and assessment design pertinent to the competencies. Use this simple Excel tool, provided in the Toolbox, to create a spider-chart graphical expression of an individual student’s current strengths, needs, and goals across the full set of MyWays competencies (or replace them with your own definitions). Or customize this Excel charting tool as you see fit.
  17. 17. All files associated with these exercises can be found in the MyWays Beta Toolbox. Related reading This slide deck Introducing MyWays overview Tools Competency Correlation Tool (for Exercise 1a) Competency Arena Summary Plotting Tool (for Exercise 1b) Competency Detailed Plotting Tool (for Exercise 1b) Forthcoming Reports The MyWays Model: A Composite of Student Competencies for Success in College, Career, and Life Foundations of the MyWays Model: A Brief Summary of Student Success Research MyWays by Design: A Set of Practice Briefings on Learning and Assessment for Broader and Deeper Competencies Simple Tools for Using MyWays in Your School Community Resources for Exercises 1a & 1b Fine-Tuning Your Definition of Student Success 17

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