Virtual School Meanderings

January 20, 2018

What Oberlin reveals about higher ed’s vulnerable business model

From the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body – so the term research here is used VERY loosely (as none of this actually represents methodologically sound, reliable, valid, or empirical research in any real way).

Check out this week’s highlights from the Christensen Institute.
Christensen Institute · 585 Broadway St. · Redwood City, CA 94063 · USA

iNACOL Webinar | 2/14: Current To Future State: Issues And Action Steps For State Policy To Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

And from the neo-liberals…

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Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, iNACOL will host a Leadership Webinar to highlight issues and action steps for state policymakers to support personalized, competency-based education.

States and local communities have an opportunity to rethink the definition of student success and articulate a vision for what students should know and be able to do upon graduation to succeed in college and the workforce. With clear, comprehensive definitions of student success, states can begin to transform state K-12 education systems to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills.

This webinar features recommendations from the forthcoming iNACOL report,Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning, which offers action steps state policymakers can take to create the conditions for personalized, competency-based learning at scale.

This webinar will explore five issues policymakers can tackle to transform education systems to personalized, competency-based education:

  1. Redefining student success;
  2. Ensuring meaningful qualifications;
  3. Rethinking accountability to drive continuous improvement;
  4. Developing educator capacity for competency-based education; and
  5. Building capacity to lead change.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “This report provides policymakers with a roadmap to catalyze transformational change for K-12 education systems — with a vision moving from the current state to a future state — that ensures success for all students.”

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

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Our Latest On Measuring SEL, Strategies To Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety, Evidence On Literacy Blocks, And More!

And another item from Thursday’s inbox…

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What You Need to Know About Measuring SEL

Developing students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) skills is critical, but how do you know your supports and programs are working?

Our new two-page guide walks you through what you need to know about measuring students’ SEL skills, mindsets, and capacities.

Measuring SEL: A Brief Guide
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Two Classroom Strategies to Stop Math Anxiety From Spreading

Math anxiety not only affects how kids do in school, it can make them shy away from promising careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). What classroom strategies can educators use to stop math anxiety in its tracks?

Check out the approaches highlighted in a new video from REL Northwest and Washington STEM.

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Literacy Blocks: How Does the Evidence Stack Up?

Since the early 2000s, uninterrupted reading blocks have been a cornerstone literacy strategy in many schools and classrooms across the country, but does the strategy work?

Our new brief gathers the available evidence and provides recommendations on using this important classroom practice effectively.

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Setting Newcomer Students up for Success

For newcomer students to reach their full potential, they must be placed in classes that match their academic knowledge—which means schools must have clear and consistent guidelines on evaluating international transcripts.

To help newcomer students get off to the right start at your school, check out this free resource from REL Northwest that outlines three steps for evaluating international transcripts.

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Become a 6+1 Trait Writing Leader at Your School

We are looking for school and teacher leaders to participate in a two-day training on how to use our proven Traits model to transform writing instruction.

Learn our approach at the 6+1 Trait Writing leaders institute next week in Portland, Oregon, and start making a difference for all your student writers.

January 25–26, 2018
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2018 Distance Learning Conference (Keynotes, Awards, & More…)

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Call for Nominations NOW DUE January 26, 2018
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. 

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Four More Days To Submit Your Proposal!

Only three more now, as I received this yesterday.

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How will you shape the future of online education? Innovate. Inspire. Connect.
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August 7‑9, 2018 • Madison, WI
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Present at the DT&L Conference
Share innovative strategies, research, learning designs, technology tools, and more with your peers. In addition to helping others build their knowledge, it’s a chance to make connections and enhance your professional reputation. Start the process by submitting a presentation proposal.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 23 (4pm Central)

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  • Online teaching strategies
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  • Measuring learning and assessment
  • Program evaluation
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