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May 19, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 05.19.16

Another item from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

Today, we released a new report: Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning. This report provides state policy exemplars for policy leaders seeking to help enable educators advancing personalized learning environments in K-12 schools.

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) is seeking individuals to serve as peer reviewers for the FY 2016 Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools. Learn more about the program and requirements to become a peer reviewer 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

Vermont’s Comprehensive, Statewide Approach to Personalized Learning
Vermont has pursued the most comprehensive statewide policy approach to personalized, proficiency-based learning. In 2013, the Vermont legislature passed Act 77, the Flexible Pathways Initiative and the Vermont State Board…

New Report Outlines Functional Requirements for Integrated Systems to Optimize Student-Centered Learning
Today, we know more than ever about how students learn, acknowledging that the process isn’t the same for every student and doesn’t remain the same for each individual, depending upon maturation and the content being learned…

How States Build Local Capacity to Implement Personalized Learning
States are much more likely to be successful in their support of innovation and personalized learning if they are intentional about building the capacity of school leaders and educators. Personalized, competency-based learning is…

Systems of Assessments that Support Student-Centered Learning and Continuous Improvement
When the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965, its goal was to ensure that the most vulnerable pupils were receiving equitable resources. Through the decades the law has evolved on a spectrum…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

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

How I Learned What Proficiency-Based Teaching and Learning Really Means
Kate Gardoqui, CompetencyWorks

What’s Next? Personalized, Project-Based Learning
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Kids Code Their Own 3D Creations with New Blocks-Based Design Program
Chris Berdik, The Hechinger Report

What Did You Make Today? Exploring Equity in Making
Corinne O. Takara, EdSurge

Reinventing High School Takes Making It All About the Teens
Nan Austin, The Modesto Bee

Teaching English-Language Learners: What Does the Research Tell Us?
Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week

National Institute for STEM Education Partners with Chalk & Wire to Add Digital Portfolio Tool to STEM Certification Program for Teachers
Business Wire

Getting Creative About Credit: Expanding Opportunities With and For Urban High School Students
Great Schools Partnership, Students at the Center Hub

iNACOL in the News

EdTech 10: Have You Thanked a Teacher This Week?
Getting Smart Staff, Getting Smart
It’s the time of year when we pause to focus on the teachers-past and present-who are making a difference, and make sure that we show them the love and appreciation they deserve. Our work with hundreds of schools confirms that…

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…

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