Connected Learning Advisory Board Fall Meeting 2013

Connected Learning Advisory Board Fall Meeting 2013


The NCSL Connected Learning Advisory Board meet for a preconference at NCSL's Fall Forum in December 2013 which included a study session on issues related to competency-based learning and digital badges, with a visit to the ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Time Sessions

12:30-1 p.m.


1-1:30 p.m.

Welcome/Overview of NCSL's Connected Learning Advisory Board


  • Sunny Deye, NCSL, Colorado
  • Former Representative Scott Hochberg, Texas
1:30-2:45 p.m.

Introduction to the Challenge of Competency-based Education

How can states enable competency-based learning, where students earn credit by demonstrating mastery rather than fulfilling seat time requirements?



  • Matt Williams, KnowledgeWorks, Ohio
  • Stephen Bowen, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC
2:45-3 p.m.

Discussion:  My Question About Competency-based Education Is . . .

State legislators will discuss their questions and concerns about competency-based education to inform future work with legislators on this topic. 
3-3:15 p.m.

What’s Next:  A View of Connected Learning in Action

How might learning be linked across home, school, peer culture, and community?

Overview of the Connected Learning Labs and what you’ll see at the ARTLAB+.

3:15-4 p.m.

Transportation to the ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Meet in the hotel lobby for a short bus ride to the museum.

4-6 p.m.

Tour of the ARTLAB+

ARTLAB+ is a radically inclusive digital media studio for local teens. Programs give youth access to professional technology and art, connecting them to artist mentors who support teens in building their own creative community.



  • Claudine Brown, Assistant Secretary for Education and Access at the Smithsonian Institution


  • Amy Homma, Manager of Digital Learning Programs, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Wednesday, Dec. 4
8:30-9 a.m.


9-10 a.m.

Badges 101

A badge is a digital credential that represents an individual’s skills, interests, and achievements. Among other uses, badges can convey an individual student’s core academic content knowledge, as well as other twenty-first-century competencies that cannot be measured by traditional assessments.



  • An-Me Chung, Mozilla Foundation, Illinois
  • Stephanie Norby, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, Washington, DC
10-10:30 a.m.

Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges

How might digital badges be used in K-12 public education, higher education, and the workforce? How are badges currently being used and what are future opportunities? How is federal policy supporting these efforts?



  • Kara Marchione, Penn Hill Group, Washington, DC
10:30-11 a.m.

Reflection, Discussion and Next Steps:  Role of the NCSL Connected Learning Advisory Board 

What resonated? What do you need to know more about? 

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