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June 15, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 06.15.16

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL invites you share your voice, leadership and expertise by becoming a guest blogger. We welcome blogs on emerging trends in K-12 education policy and practice, lessons learned, tough issues, promising practices, exemplars, and thought leadership in K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. For more information on article topics and directions for submitting blogs, please see our guest blogging policy.

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

Addressing Equity Issues in Personalized, Competency-Based Learning
Innovators and early adopters of competency education want to do right by kids. This means being empowered to make decisions that are based on the educational and developmental needs of students – not responding to policies…

Supporting State Capacity to Plan for Innovative Systems of Assessments Under ESSA
Over the next year, states will engage in critical design conversations as they craft a new vision for their education system under ESSA. While the new law doesn’t go into effect until the 2017-2018 school year, now is the time to begin…

From Compliance to Continuous Improvement: Accountability, Assessments and Next Generation Workforce with ESSA
There is an incredible window of opportunity for state policymakers with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). States now have the flexibility to engage in conversations with local communities to reimagine…

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…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

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

How Misconceptions About Competency Education Could Undermine Equity
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

What a Blended Learning Classroom Really Looks Like: An Urban Teacher’s Reboot
Brandon Johnson, The Hechinger Report

Feel the Future: A Citywide School
Katherine Prince, KnowledgeWorks

The Civil Rights Problem in U.S. Schools: 10 New Numbers
Anya Kamenetz, NPR

A Group of Bronx Teens Are Trying To Transform New York City’s Segregated Schools
Rebecca Klein, Huffington Post Education

Survey: Students Want More Hands-On Science Instruction
Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

3 ‘Knowns’ in Learning Science-And How to Apply Them in Practice
Alfred Essa, EdSurge

iNACOL in the News

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…

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-prioritizingthe flow of money to schools, are among the actions policymakers need to take to support “personalized learning,” an education technology…

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…

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…

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