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June 2, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 06.02.16

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

Attendee registration is open for the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, being held on October 25-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Don’t miss out on early bird registration discounts, which are available until July 15, 2016. Register to attend here.

iNACOL is seeking to hire a Program Associate to conduct original ELL research and writing to support the mission, vision and core values of iNACOL. Access more information about the job opening and directions on how to apply here. Please consider sharing this with your colleagues and peers.

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

What Are the Implications of Student-Centered Learning for Technology?
Most existing IT systems used in schools were implemented to support a teacher and course-centric approach, as well as compliance reporting for basic student data, course-taking, grades and scheduling data in a time-based system…

The Promise of Student-Centered Learning
The American system of education was built for a society and an economy that no longer exists. The system still in place in many districts was created in the early 1900s to serve a different time with different needs. The system of the…

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…

iNACOL in the News

Report Urges Changes in State Policies, Funding in Support of ‘Personalized Learning’
Leo Doran, Education Week
Changing state policies to move away from “seat time” requirements, and re-prioritizing the flow of money to schools, are among the actions policymakers need to take to support “personalized learning,” an education technology…

Personalized Learning: More Than Technology
Catherine Gewertz, Education Week
That’s one of the questions prompted by a new report that aims to provide guidance for states as they use new flexibility, provided by the Every Student Succeeds Act, to do deeper work to shape learning around students’ needs…

New Report Offers State Policy Examples for Personalized Learning
Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
West Virginia revised its policies to allow for basing high school course credit on “mastery” of a subject, but, first, the district has to get approval from the board. Since 2002 Oregon’s administrative code has allowed schools to award…

Vermont Serves as Role Model for Personalized Learning
Corinne Lestch, EdScoop
In the race to personalize learning, Vermont is at the top. The state was highlighted in iNACOL’s latest report, titled “Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning,” for its government’s innovative approach to education…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

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.

June Special Edition Webinar | Promising State Policies to Enable and Scale Personalized Learning
June 21, 2016 | 3:00-4:00 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

ESSA: From Compliance to Opportunity
Samantha Tankersley, CompetencyWorks

Can Research Prove Ties Between Mindfulness and Achievement?
KQED Mind/Shift

How One Educator Broke Rules, Influenced a State Law and Got All His Students to Graduation
Nichole Dobo, The Hechinger Report

Leading at the Intersection of Equity and Innovation in Education
Sarah Luchs, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Controlled Failure: Helping Kids Navigate Back to Success
Kaitlin Kelley, Edutopia

Personalized Learning Requires Educators to Think Outside of the Box
Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

Lindsay Unified Joins the Growing Number of Schools Franchising Their Models to Other Systems
Christina Quattrocchi, EdSurge

Reconsidering End of Year Grading for Student Mastery
Starr Sackstein, Education Week

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