The purpose of the Learning for Life Evaluation and Evolution component of the Education for Life program is to clearly outline a process for objectively measuring and progressing the effectiveness of our education program (and social architecture). The Evaluation and Evolution process is meant to be collaborative, engaging, fun, and beneficial for all participating members. A version of this collaborative process is already used monthly between all One Community Pioneers.
We discuss here the Evaluation and Evolution component with the following sections:
The Learning for Life Evaluation and Evolution component is a 2-directional review and assessment format designed to help all participants grow and develop as both Teachers and Learners. It is structured to provide the following benefits for all participants:
We have been developing this program as a resource and tool for the following learning groups:
One Community feels a culture of personal growth and constant learning and improving ourselves is a part of living, creating, and sharing for The Highest Good of All. The Evaluation and Evolution component of the Education for Life Program functions as a two-directional feedback system to support both Learners and Teachers to help each other better themselves and more easily achieve their learning and growth goals.
Using this system and tool we can help people better identify their goals, shape their own learning and teaching process, and work together more effectively. In so doing, our hope is that we will help everyone involved be happier with the self-improvement process and have more fun as we all help one another grow and improve faster as individuals, as a team, and as a culture.
Ellen Ross Kaspi: Progressive Educator and Mind/Body Modality Specialist
Jessica Wienke: Organizational and Leadership Development Consultant
Sangam Stancza: Ph.D. and P.E.
Stephanie VanderKallen: Mental Health Professional and Teacher
This section contains an overview of the purpose and structure of the tools and resources within the Evaluation and Evolution component. These include:
We’ve developed a recommended (adaptable) assessment format to use for the Evaluation and Evolution process. It is a two-directional feedback format guided by the Teacher/Facilitator and led by the Learner. It includes a diversity of optional Modules to make the learning/growth path individualized.
The recommended (adaptable) assessment forms for use with the Evaluation and Evolution process are Google Doc-based so they are easily copyable/transferable/editable and transparent. Adding/removing module components individualizes each person’s form and helps further individualize the learning path too. The forms are also designed to allow for input and participation from a person’s entire learning team (family, friends, teachers, mentors, etc.).
The recommended strategies for everyone’s ongoing growth within each age group are specific strategies for helping improve the growth experience within all aspects of the learning and teaching process. The focus is on developing a Growth Mindset (for everyone), a philosophy and attitude of “do your best/enjoy the journey,” and there being no failure, only feedback. The How and Why a person used to come up with an answer is more important than the right answer. Life-planning skills combined with how to give and receive feedback are also emphasized.
Making a person’s educational experience transferable and applicable to ANY participatory learning environment is a component in and of itself. One way this is accomplished is through specific educational mile markers that earn badges for accomplishing them. Another is through the complete educational program intentionally training for ACT/SAT proficiency, since these tests are the most commonly used for higher-learning evaluation and scholarships within the US. Other standardized tests can easily be integrated and used within the program too.
There are several different roles that are important within the Education for Life program. These roles and the suggested training and resources for each of them are covered by this component of the program. Key roles covered include Teacher, Learner, Parent(s)/Guardian(s), and other supporters (friends, other family, mentors, etc.). Various roles may be fulfilled by multiple people.
The feedback format is a two-directional process we’ve learned through our Consensus trainings. It is purposed to help both Learners and Educators maximize personal growth in all areas of the educational process.
To assure all areas of importance are covered, objective data and analysis in addition to the ACT/SAT assessment system is also included. This section shares additional tests that can be used and resources we’ve found helpful like the Spectrum Books for grade-based subject-by-subject study and evaluation.
When applied fully, the Education for Life program should provide what’s needed to surpass even the strictest education standards for traditional educational institutions. This section deals with the specifics of how to achieve this. It combines with the Objective Data and Analysis section described above and the Information Maintenance and Sharing section described below to provide the necessary and objective assessment, analysis, and transfer of education progress and information to programs outside of the Education for Life system.
This section is about how any individual using the Education for Life program can maintain, evolve, and transfer all the relevant information gathered. This is a person’s school transcript and much more. The page about this component includes the specifics of how a digital copy will be accessible to key members of the individual’s educational team and how the individual can take a copy of this information for their own use as an “official copy” with the organization’s unique stamp of authenticity.
Regular evaluation of all aspects of the Education for Life program, and everyone’s participation and enjoyment of the program, is important to its evolution and improvement. The process we’ve designed is two-directional to give Learner’s a hands-on approach to designing and improving their own educational path. This two-directional design, associated resources, approach of building a “learning team,” transparent results, etc. are for both Learners and Teachers to maximally benefit and grow from the entire experience. The open source components are also designed in combination with each other or as stand-alone components.
Q: Are all aspects of this Evaluation and Evolution component necessary?
We consider all aspects listed above as important but how a person or organization chooses to use them is up to that individual or group. To maximize the flexibility and application options, all components are designed to be usable in combinations, as part of the complete model, or as stand-alone components.
Q: What if I have my own evaluation system that I like better, can I use that instead?
Of course! All aspects of the Education for Life program are designed for use in any educational environment and with or without inclusion of any other aspect of the program.
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