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November 14, 2014

Research Webinar On 2014 Keeping Pace Report -­ Dec 10, 3-4pm Eastern – Hosted By MVLRI – Register Now!

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We hope this email finds you well.

MVLRI will host the next Research Webinar on December 10th from 3-4pm eastern time. Presenter John Watson, Founder of Evergreen Education Group, will talk about “Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: Annual Review of Policy & Practice.”

Keeping Pace tracks online and blended learning policy and practice across all 50 states, with support from sponsors across the spectrum of K-12 online and blended learning. The 2014 report – the 11th – was recently released at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. In this webinar, John Watson will discuss key findings of the report including the latest numbers, graphics, state policy and program highlights, and trends, with a focus on digital learning activity in Michigan. You can download a copy of the report at

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*Note: On the day of the event, you will receive a link to the webinar via email.

Disclaimer: This webinar will be recorded and shared publically. Consequently, anything shared during this webinar, including chat comments, could be shared publically. This webinar may represent a presenter’s or an attendee’s personal views, opinions, conclusions and other information which do not necessarily reflect those of MVU and/or the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute and are not given nor endorsed by MVU/MVLRI unless otherwise specified.

Thanks, and enjoy your day!


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November 12, 2014

iNACOL Webinar | 11/12 – Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: 2014 Annual Report Findings

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Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning


2014 Annual Report Findings


Wednesday, November 12th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET (register)
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, iNACOL will present a Leadership Webinar sharing an overview of the latest edition of Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice.

Keeping Pace tracks online and blended learning policy and practice across all 50 states, with support from sponsors across the spectrum of K-12 online and blended learning. The 2014 report – the 11th edition – was recently released at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, and in this follow-up webinar John Watson will discuss key findings of the report including the latest numbers, graphics, state policy and program highlights, and trends.

You can download a copy of the report at

This webinar is free to attend, but please register HERE for final details and login information.


  • John Watson, CEO, Evergreen Education Group
About iNACOL
The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. To learn more about iNACOL, please visit
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November 10, 2014

Best Practices for Online and Blended Learning | Register Now

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Best practices for implementing online and blended learning in K-12 school districts
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Dear Michael,

Join us November 12th, to hear how an increasing number of schools and school districts are implementing online and blended learning. The digital initiatives boost graduation rates; address academic shortfalls across multiple student populations; expand course catalogs; and provide a flexible, personalized learning experience for every student. To ensure the success of these programs—whether they are individual courses or full-time online programs—it is important to understand the challenges and obstacles educators may face.

This webinar will examine results from Market Data Retrieval (MDR)’s 2014 Benchmark Report, an annual survey of experienced educators that looks at best practices when implementing online and blended education programs in K–12 schools.

Other topics will include:

  • Success stories from educators who have implemented online and blended programs
  • How different models of online and blended learning can be used to personalize instruction
  • Factors critical to successful implementation of online and blended learning  programs

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time, we encourage you to sign up anyway to receive the archived version of the event.

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Webinar Speakers:

Marci Goldberg,
Dedicated Analyst, EdNet Insight, and President, K-12 Market Advisors, LLC
Dan Mahlandt,
Coordinator of Virtual Education, Ephrata Area School District, PA
Joel Smith,
District eLearning Facilitator, Spring Branch Independent School
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Fuel Education

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November 9, 2014

Free Webinars & Events: National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), Nov. 10-14, 2014

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National Distance Learning Week–November 10-14, 2014


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The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.



For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.



November 1014, 2014



Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.







For more information on NDLW contact USDLA at1.800.275.5162.




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November 7, 2014

Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2014

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Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2014

Wednesday, November 13, 2014

8:00AM PT / 11:00 AM ET

Speak Up provides a quick and easy way for your students, parents, teachers, librarians, administrators and community members to have a voice in local, state and national discussions about emerging technologies in education. Since 2003, over 3.5 million education stakeholders from over 30,000 schools have participated in Speak Up.

Be a part of this year’s Speak Up movement! Join Julie Evans CEO, Project Tomorrow for a 45 minute webinar on Wednesday, November 12 to learn about key Speak Up findings from last year and how your school or district can participate in Speak Up this year. Topics to be covered include:

▪ What are some realities about ed tech in our schools today – from the perspective of students, parents, teachers & administrators?

▪ Do we have a shared vision for digital learning?

▪ Background Information on Speak Up and the benefits of participation

▪ How your district can participate in Speak Up 2014

Interested? Register to attend this special webinar or contact Lisa Chu or (949) 609-4660 ext. 11.

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