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May 5, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 05.05.16

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  05.05.16Dear Colleagues:

New Reports

iNACOL released a paper on the functional requirements for integrated systems to drive student-centered learning. Download the report here, and learn more about this research in our upcoming iNACOL June Leadership webinar.

Our Piece of the Pie released Seizing the Moment: Realizing the Promise of Student-Centered Learning to stimulate a broader conversation about how to best prepare our children to live, work and thrive in the world today. Download the report here.

Funding Opportunity

The Department of Agriculture is soliciting applications under the Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program. Applications are due July 7, 2016. Learn more and submit your application here.

Below is the latest news, events and trends across the field of competency-based, blended and online learning.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

iNACOL Supports Flexibility in SLDS Program to Better Protect Student Data
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides many new opportunities for schools that are working to create personalized learning environments. A key piece to creating these personalized, competency-based systems is the…

Increase Opportunity for Student Success through Multiple Pathways to Graduation
Multiple pathways are an important element of personalized learning environments because they create distinct, equally-rigorous paths for students to pursue their interests and gain the real-world skills and experiences they need…

Providing Transformative Personalized Student Learning Opportunities as a Path Toward Equity
Promoting equity and excellence at every level of education to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed is one of U.S. Secretary of Education John King’s top three priorities over the coming year. How can new instructional…

Moving from Seat-Time to Competency-Based Credits in State Policy: Ensuring All Students Develop Mastery
School leaders find once they begin to optimize their instructional models using anytime, anywhere learning, state policies that reinforce seat time become a barrier to innovative approaches delivering highly-personalized learning…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

May Leadership Webinar | Enabling Anytime, Anywhere Learning Through the Personalized Learning Framework
May 11, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

May Teacher Talk Webinar | Powerful, Personalized PD for Teachers
May 19, 2016 | 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

June Leadership Webinar | Exploring Integrated Learning Systems to Optimize Student-Centered Learning
June 8, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium 2016
October 25-28, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas
Attendee registration is open.

Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

Building a Movement from Within
Patrice Glancey, CompetencyWorks

When Celebrating Learning Differences Is At the Heart of School Culture
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

Personalized Learning Under ESSA? Here’s One Idea
Lillian Pace, Personalize Learning

Sustaining a Culture of Learning for Educators
Zac Chase, U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology

Education Secretary John King Says This Is An Urgent Moment for School Desegregation
Rebecca Klein, Huffington Post Education

Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public School Districts
Travis Lape, EdSurge

LEAP Innovations Releases Personalized Learning Framework and School Survey
Mary Jo Madda, EdSurge

XQ Expert Series Podcast: Technology and Learning for an Interconnected World
Mary Ryerse, Getting Smart

Facilitating Community Conversations About Education
Life Legeros, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

When Students Lead Parent-Teacher Conferences
Emily Richmond, The Hechinger Report

iNACOL in the News

Should We Hit the Pause Button on Online and Blended Learning?
Nichole Dobo, The Hechinger Report
As more schools scurry to bring technology to the classroom, some say dodgy programs are growing like weeds-and they threaten the existence of successful programs. Too many students in virtual and blended learning…

Competency-Based Learning at Building 21
Kristen Vogt, Next Generation Learning Challenges
What’s going on inside Building 21? The competency-based learning model behind this Philadelphia district partnership school is in its second year of operation and gaining attention. First, for an in-depth look at the school’s…

New Report Offers Tech Blueprint for Student-Centric Learning
Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
The traditional course management system isn’t cutting it for schools trying to implement a student-centered learning model, according to a new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). After all,…

EdTech 10: Improving Math Mindsets
Getting Smart Staff, Getting Smart
April is Math Awareness Month, and regardless of whether or not you feel you are “good at math,” we all know it’s an important skill we all need to encourage today’s students to continuously improve. So this week’s EdTech 10 contains…



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