Off the Clock: Moving Education From Time to Competency

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“Bramante and Colby offer an insiders’ look at how America’s schools might make the long-awaited break from the factory model of education. This book gives us more than just hope that a real transformation is finally upon us―it shows the path.” (Jason E. Glass, State Director & Chief Learner 2012-01-10)

"At a time when there was an unusually large number of deserving nominees, New Hampshire won the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation." (Roger Sampson, President 2012-02-09)

“The authors have eloquently described the beginning of 21st Century Education. The move from time as the constant and high level learning as the variable to an education where high level learning is the constant will impact the next generation of citizens to be better equipped to deal with their future.” (Jeff Herzberg, Chief Administrator 2011-10-28)

"Provides the urgency for school systems to begin focusing on the whole child's education. The model in New Hampshire similar to the CCSS sets the stage for schools to begin their theory of action so student achievement increases system-wide." (Elizabeth Alvarez, Principal 2011-10-28)

Off the Clock is a book that is, for many, ahead of its time. As New Hampshire blazes a trail for the rest of us, we can appreciate and be grateful to the authors for presenting the road map and journey in a manner and context that will help us down the same essential pathway to educational transformation.” (Marsha M. Myles, Educational Consultant 2011-10-28)

“This book is an excellent resource for practitioners and leaders at local, regional, state, and national levels. The authors offer innovative insights for restoring meaning to learning.”

(Lyne Ssebikindu, Assistant Principal 2011-10-28)

Off The Clock provides practitioners with an enormous amount of research on why our antiquated way of instruction is obsolete.”

(Tanna Nicely, Assistant Principal 2011-10-28)

“The competency-based approach is consistent with our changing context in America and may be the one approach that unlocks the numerous restraints in our current 20th century delivery model. By honoring choice and personalization of learning, this book's ideas have potential for support by parents, educators, employers, and policy makers.” (Ronald Fielder, Chief Administrator 2011-10-28)

“The authors identify important issues about learning, shows what they did to invoke changes, and provides alternatives that can be used in schools, districts, and states. This book challenges educators to create alternative means for students to learn that meet or exceed proficiency for standards and courses.” (Glen Ishiwata, Former Superintendent 2011-10-28)

“In an era of proposals involving quick turnarounds of educational delivery systems, the authors have shared a view of a long-term, high stakes process to rethink how schools do business while maintaining a focus on both Real World Learning and Following the Child. This has the potential to change the landscape of public education nationwide.” (Dan Lawson, Superintendent of Schools 2011-10-28)

“A must read on education reform in the 21st century. This book gives a “how to” perspective that we can all learn from.” (Ann Dargon, Superintendent of Schools 2011-10-28)

"An impressive account of New Hampshire’s journey from time-based teaching to competency-based learning, Off the Clock presents the rationale, process, challenges, and key learnings from the NH quest for zero dropouts and substantive, sustainable secondary school redesign. Based on firsthand involvement in the inception and implementation of the change process, Off the Clock is as informative as it is inspirational." (Kim Carter, Executive Director 2012-01-23)

"Off the Clock is a delight! Bramante and Colby have given us a deeply personal, vibrant, and visionary insight into the why, what and how to move us past the schools of old. With their deep hands-on knowledge, the authors take you deep into the details of New Hampshire’s bold break from the strangling hold of the time-based Carnegie unit into a mastery-based education system. For anyone interested in competency-based learning, Off the Clock is a must read." (Chris Sturgis, Founder 2012-01-23)

"No more “one-size-fits-all.” The conversation that will follow the must-read, Off the Clock, will transform educational models and policy to individualized learning with the essential measures of accountability for student growth and competency." (Marsha M. Myles, President and CEO 2012-01-25)

About the Author

“School taught me that I was not very bright. Life taught me that school was wrong.” These words epitomize the foundation for Fred Bramante’s dedicated passion for transforming public education into a system that will work for virtually ever student.

Fred is a former middle school Science teacher, a former candidate for governor, a life long entrepreneur, and a past Chairman and long standing member of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, he led a full-scale effort to redesign public education, especially at the high school level, which resulted in a major revamping of New Hampshire’s education regulations and the subsequent development of the New Hampshire vision For High School Redesign. Fred has been the public voice of this movement and has carried the competency-based message around the country.

Fred consults with state departments of education, and national and regional associations across America. He has been a featured speaker and presenter at numerous education conferences. He holds a BS from Keene State College (1970) and an MA in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University (2006). He has been honored to receive the Alumni Achievement Award from both Keene (1995) and Plymouth (2009). In 1964, Fred graduated 206th of 212 students in his high school; that year his applications for admission to both colleges were rejected.

Rose Colby is currently a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist assisting high schools throughout the state of New Hampshire in designing high quality competency, assessment, and grading reform systems. Ms. Colby is a motivational speaker and presenter in the areas of competency based learning, digital learners, differentiation, and school leadership.

Since 2007, Ms. Colby has been a partner in the Nellie Mae Education Foundation funded project centered on student success though Extended Learning Opportunities in partnership with Q.E.D. Foundation, PlustimeNH, and the NH Department of Education. She is currently part of the planning team for the N.H. Next Generation Learning Project.

Prior to 2006, Ms. Colby was the principal of Mountain View Middle School, which was awarded the N.H. Department of Education Excellence Award (School of the Year) in1996 and 2001. While on sabbatical in 2002, she served as Principal in Residence for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s N.H. School Administrators Leading with Technology project.

Ms. Colby is currently Adjunct Professor in Educational Leadership at Plymouth State University teaching courses in Staff Supervision and Evaluation, Leadership in Curriculum Development and Assessment, and Differentiated Instruction.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452217319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452217314
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ann on April 27, 2012
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"This book takes a personal account approach to uncovering the "secret" to educational transformation. New Hampshire is leading the way in measuring student success through competency-based learning. "Off the Clock" explains how to break down the classroom walls and remove the traditional 180 day school calendar based on seat time requirements, or Carnegie units. Students can engage in extended learning opportunities (ELO's) in the community to meet some of their graduation requirements. This means real-world, project-based learning for our students and true transformation of high school teaching for educators. Grab your board--this wave is coming!"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom in Orlando on July 30, 2012
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Off the Clock outlines a fascinating vision for a new way to organize public school education for the 21st century. As radical as the ideas may seem to some, they are based in common sense and proven through implementation in New Hampshire and elsewhere. This is a great book for anyone interested in the future of education in the United States.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. William Avery on May 30, 2015
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An outstanding book; competency based education is the best route for the future of our public education system, which has now fallen behind some third world countries. As an educator myself I would love to see the state of Florida follow New Hampshire's lead.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Preston A. Pardy on January 29, 2013
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Fred and Rose hit the nail on the head - schools need to re-think their 20th-century model for instruction and learning. The current population of students in K-12 schools are much more adept at learning in a multitude of environments, and educators need to re-tool and re-design the way that schools provide learning opportunities for each and every student. A great book!
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