Rose Colby is currently a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist assisting schools in designing high quality competency, assessment, and grading reform systems in many states. She is a Talent Cloud Competency Education Fellow for 2Revolutions, an education design firm. She is a member of the national Advisory Board and contributor to Competency Works, the national clearinghouse and resource for innovative practices in competency education. She has served as Competency Education Consultant for the NH Department of Education for several years. In that capacity, she serves on the Policy Committee for the joint work of the National Center for Assessment, the Center for Secondary School Reform, and the Center for Collaborative Education in Quality Performance Assessment Program and in designing and supporting a new state accountability pilot system.
i am ME. Statements
i am innovative. i am engaged. i am creative.
GETTING TO KNOW ROSE
What is one thing that makes you unique as a leader in education?
Having years of experience developing models and different systems to help teachers bring competency based learning in their classrooms.
Please share with us a simple connection where you feel you made a long-lasting, powerful impact on a student.
My students are the leaders of tomorrow, so it is very important to help them through the tough decisions they face when figuring where and what they want to go in their next stages of educating.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING JOURNEY
What is it about Personalized Learning Pedagogy you believe will have the greatest impact on education as we know it today?
We can really reshape what learning looks like in our school.
Tell us about a challenging situation that could have resulted in a bad outcome, but because you persisted — and perhaps made tough decisions, the now painful memory serves as a great lesson?
I was an assistant principal for a high school and we were opening up a middle school. It was definitely the toughest year I had, but I learned you need to depend on each other and had to model what we wanted our teachers to do and we made it through.
SECRETS TO SUCCESS
What one strategy would you suggest teachers in personalized learning environments apply everyday that would result in powerful outcomes?
Handing over to students more opportunities to allow them to show what they can do.
Imagine you are standing in front of a room full of educators — just like you when you started your personalized learning journey. They too have fears, worries and doubts as they struggle to find their footing. What are two to three key things they should focus on to ensure success?
Try using a “yes and” theory instead of “yes but”.
i am ME.
Can you share with the i am Me. audience one thing that makes you GREAT?
It is really the work we are accomplishing and that speaks loudly.