Virtual School Meanderings

August 28, 2016

[AECT] 2016 International Convention – Keynote Speakers

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Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

It’s All Cyclical

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Derrell Bradford discusses the myriad problems facing education reformers: “I love a good bout of self pity now and again, but in this instance I think we could all use a bit of tough love and advice: Get over it.”

John Oliver Slams Charter Schools And His Critics Totally Miss The Point

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Jeff Bryant analyzes reaction to John Oliver’s recent segment on charter schools. Oliver, during his most recent episode on HBO, looked at the problems facing these schools. “None of Oliver’s critics seriously refuted the crux of his argument that there might be something fundamentally wrong by design, rather than by implementation or intent, with the idea that  a ‘free market’ of privately operated and essentially unregulated schools is a surefire way to improve education opportunities for all students.”

Report Names the 50 Most-Segregating School District Boundaries by Income

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Andrew Ujifusa shares the results of a new report from EdBuild, which identified the most segregated district boundaries by income in the United States. “The EdBuild report points the finger directly at a 1974 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Milliken v. Bradley, in which the court held that school desegregation plans cannot be enforced across districts lines, as helping to increase such economic segregation between schools.”

Educators Mobilize as School Takeovers Open Door For Charter Expansion

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Brenda Álvarez covers a constitutional amendment in Georgia that would allow state takeover of public schools. “If history is any indication of what this could mean, Georgia will be among several states to fragment school authority, disenfranchise communities of color, and ignore parent and community concerns.”

Do Unions Belong in the Fight Against Corporate School Reform?

Posted: 20 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Steven Singer looks at the role of teacher unions and the health of public education. He says, “THAT’S why corporate education reformers hate teachers and their unions. We make it nearly impossible to swipe school budgets into their own pockets. So do unions belong in the fight against corporate education reform? Answer: Heck yeah! In fact, they are essential to it.”

AEI: Comparing Public and Charter Schools

Posted: 17 Aug 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Peter Greene takes a closer look at the findings of a recent AEI report that attempted to compare charter schools to public schools. “AEI has always taken a patient long-term view of the charter biz, and this report concedes some ground in order to consolidate a more defensible position. … But don’t expect it to change any charter fan’s mind. Their premise remains the same — charters must exist and must go on. Data like this will not change their goals; it will just help them fine tune their pursuit of those goals.”

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school – not quite on topic and might be relevant to readers.

1. TI- A Virtual Ticket to Ride.
AU- Bowker, Michael
JN- T H E Journal
PD- May2010, Vol. 37 Issue 5, p13-14
PG- 2p
DT- 20100501
PT- Article
AB- The article discusses use of virtual field trips in education. The author discusses how elementary school teacher Traci Blazosky constructs virtual field trips with web-based technologies including Google Earth, Discovery Education Streaming, and the social networking service Glogster EDU. A virtual field trip to study frogs in South America, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia using Internet technology is described. The use of video conferencing to observe diving in Key Largo, Florida and real-time open heart surgery is commented on.
DE- VIRTUAL reality in education
DE- VIRTUAL field trips
DE- WEB-based instruction
DE- INTERACTIVE multimedia
DE- HIGH technology & education
CO- GOOGLE Inc. Ticker: GOOG
CO- DISCOVERY Education Inc.
IC- 561499 All Other Business Support Services
FT- 1391
IS- 0192592X
AN- 50504172

Next, I did receive the alert for cyber school, and there were no relevant items in that one either.

Finally, I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

August 27, 2016

iNACOL Webinar | 9/29: A Reflection on the Field of Competency Education and Emerging Issues

From the neo-liberals…

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A Reflection on the Field of K-12 Competency-Based Education and Emerging Issues

Thursday, September 29, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (register)
On Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Special Edition webinar to examine the current state of competency education and identify emerging issues across the field.

Schools and districts across the United States are realizing the shortcomings of the traditional seat-time based K-12 system and demanding more for their students. As a result, many leaders and practitioners are making the shift to competency-based education and designing new, personalized learning opportunities to better prepare students for college and 21st-century careers.

Join this webinar to hear CompetencyWorks co-founders and competency-based education experts Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis reflect on the current state of competency-based education. Help identify the field’s emerging issues and provide insights to inform the future direction of competency-based education.

Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, said, “As the field of competency-based education expands and evolves, it is important to reflect on how far we’ve come, where we are today, and where the field is going to generate the undeniable momentum to transform K-12 education.”

This webinar is free to attend-participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: A Reflection on the Field of K-12 Competency-Based Education and Emerging Issues


About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. 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. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.

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Research Update: MPS Brings Partners Into Evaluation Planning Process

Also from Thursday’s inbox…

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REL Midwest Research Update
Alliance Goal:
To identify and develop tools to improve the feedback that school- and district-level personnel receive about teacher practices
and student outcomes.
Deb GurkeMessage From the Alliance Lead
Welcome to the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) MidwestUrban District Community of Practice (CoP) newsletter. I have been part of the CoP since October 2015. It has been a privilege to engage in conversations with research directors from several large urban districts.Over the past several months, we have focused on understanding continuous improvement. Although at its most basic level continuous improvement is about acknowledging what works and identifying and addressing what could be better, there are important concepts to understand if you want to get the most out of your continuous improvement efforts. To strengthen their knowledge, the Urban District CoP members read a white paper on continuous improvement in education and discussed their role in the process as well as the need for others in the district to be committed to the work, too. We also talked about practical measurement and how it differs from measurement for accountability and theory building.

In addition, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), as part of the CoP, partnered with REL Midwest to develop a continuous improvement process with its vendors. MPS has shared learnings from the district’s early efforts with this work with the CoP. You can learn more about the project in this month’s newsletter.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the members for their time and attention to the CoP. We know their time is precious, and it has not always been easy to break away from the day-to-day pressing needs of large urban school districts. We look forward to continued engagement with members of this group.—Deb Gurke, Ph.D.


Webinar Series Strategic Communications and Early Warning SystemsWebinar Series: Strategic Communications and Early Warning Systems
What’s the best way to communicate with parents about early warning systems and dropout prevention? Find out in a two-part REL Midwest webinar series for states and districts, part of the REL Learning Series on Early Warning Systems.Read more  


District Brings Partners Into Evaluation Planning ProcessSchool District Brings Partners Into Evaluation Planning Process
MPS offers hundreds of programs from external partners but lacked a system to evaluate the success of these partnerships—until now.Read more  


CoP Member Marc SandersMeet the CoP Member: Marc Sanders
Meet Marc Sanders, member of the REL Midwest Urban District CoP. Sanders is the manager of research and evaluation for MPS. Learn how his team supports schools using research and evaluation results.Read more  


Researcher Steve PlankMeet the Researcher: Steve Plank
What has managing researcher Steve Plank learned from his work with REL Midwest? “Listen more than talk.” Read our profile to learn why.Read more  


Resources and EventsUrban Education Resources and Events
What’s happening in the world of urban education? Check out our roundup of recent events and resources!Read more  


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This material was prepared under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0004 by Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, administered by American Institutes for Research. The content of the publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.


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