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February 7, 2013

February 2013 Events From iNACOL

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Please join us for iNACOL’s upcoming webinar presentations:

CompetencyWorks | February 12th | 3:30p – 4:30p ET
Student Experience: Pacing and Personalization (A Making Mastery Work Webinar)
In 2011, the Proficiency-based Pathways project was launched with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This webinar will look at two very different models structured around the concept of progress upon mastery. The Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy (MPTPA) in Hartford, Connecticut is part of the National Center for Education and the Economy’s Excellence for All network. Schools for the Future (SFF) is a self-paced model designed for 8th graders that have been retained and with significant skill gaps, accelerating their learning so that they are fully college and career ready. ( Register)

iNACOL Leadership Webinar
| February 13th | 2:00p – 3:00p ET
Federal and State Policy: What Is Needed for Digital Learning?
Federal and state education policies play an important role in removing barriers and enabling new models of competency-based, online and blended learning. Learn more about the leading federal issues that must be addressed in 2013, including the road ahead for ESEA reauthorization. Top state policy issues around online and blended learning will also be covered.  Not sure what your role is in advocacy and lawmaker education? Two of the nation’s leading experts on digital education policy at both the federal and state level will provide an overview, recommendations and strategies for taking action. (Register)
iNACOL Research in Review | February 19th | 3:00p – 4:00p ET
Michigan’s Center for Online Learning Research and Innovation
In 2012, the Center for Online Learning Research and Innovation was established by the Michigan Virtual University under Public Act 201. The Center is funded by the State of Michigan and the Michigan Legislature has identified 14 tasks that the Center needs to accomplish this year. While some of these tasks are Michigan-centric, many are broad and can be applied at the national level. By providing research, evaluation, and development expertise, the Center plans to work with multiple constituents in the field of K-12 online and blended learning to highlight what tools work best in what learning situations, design effective professional development for K-12 education professionals, and pinpoint and share promising practices for implementing innovative models of learning. Presenters will discuss one of their key projects centered on developing an endorsement for online and blended learning. (Register)
iNACOL Teacher Talk | February 21st | 6:00p – 7:00p ET
ELL: A Community-Driven, Blended Leaning Approach to K-12 Education
Second Language Learners are on the increase across the nation, presenting school administrators and teachers with significant challenges. This webinar will discuss the process by which Hope Online Learning Academy Co-Op meets the programmatic needs of second language learners in a blended learning environment. It will highlight how they learn about their student population; how they integrate best practices into the current online structure; how they identify second language learners and monitor student progress; how the digital program and offline work coexist and interrelate; and how they effectively utilize a community-based approach. (Register )

CompetencyWorks | February 26th | 3:30p – 4:30p ET
Spanning the Grades: A Look At Elementary, Middle School And High School Competency-Based Models (A Making Mastery Work Webinar)
Join district and school leadership of MSAD 15 in Gray-New Gloucester, Maine in a conversation about their experience in implementing proficiency-based education. Gray-New Gloucester began the process of transforming their district to a student-centered, proficiency-based model starting at the elementary school level. They then proceeded to implement proficiency-based practices in their middle and high school. In 2011, MSAD15 was selected to participate in the Proficiency-based Pathways project funded with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (Register)


Other information of interest:

Learning_Edge_coverThe Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment delves into the fourth element of the definition of competency education: Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs. Understanding how to structure supports is important because learning in a competency-based environment means that students and adults are often on the edge of their comfort zone and competence – the learning edge. In this paper you will learn how innovators are designing school culture, embedding supports and organizing resources to ensure students are progressing and on pace. (Download)

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