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June 29, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 06.29.16

And from the neo-liberals today…

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is now accepting nominations for the iNACOL Innovator Awards, which recognize outstanding innovators in K-12 personalized, blended and online learning. Nomination forms can be found on the iNACOL website. If you intend to nominate a colleague, you must express this intent by August 26, 2016. All nomination forms and accompanying materials must be submitted no later than8:00 p.m. ET on September 9, 2016. Nominate your outstanding peers and share with your networks on Twitter:

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

How Misconceptions About Competency Education Could Undermine Equity

For several years, the fields of personalized learning, competency-based education, and blended learning were having definitional issues with the terms often being used either synonymously or to describe very discrete practices…

A District Goes Digital with Online Professional Learning

Professional development is the means for improving one’s knowledge-base, skill-set, and/or practice in their profession. It is an ongoing process. That said, just like video killed the radio star, a reference to an eighties pop song from…

How Competency Education Drives Equity

Equity is at the heart of competency education. It developed in response to the time-based A-F graded system, which allows students to advance without prerequisite skills and results in harmful variation of proficiency across districts…

Inspiring Innovation and Optimizing Learning Through Maker Spaces

The White House declared June 17-23, 2016 as the National Week of Making, inviting libraries, museums, recreation centers, schools, universities and community spaces to celebrate ingenuity, inspire creative problem solving…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

July Leadership Webinar | Research and Approaches to Expand the Definition of Student Success

July 13, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Learn more and register .

August Leadership Webinar | Assessment for Learning Project: Rethinking Assessments for Deeper Learning

August 10, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Learn more and register.

August Special Edition Webinar | A Reflection on the Field of Competency Education and Emerging Issues

August 23, 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

Early-bird registration ends on July 15, 2016. Register today to receive attendee pricing discounts .

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

Is Estonia the New Finland?

Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report

Interests-to-Internships: When Students Take the Lead in Learning

Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

There’s Now a Body of Research on What It Means to Be a Teacher Leader

Madeline Will, Education Week

Online Student Orientation Course Completion Leads to Successful Performance

Dawn Nordine, Virtual School Leadership Alliance

What 7 Factors Should Educators Consider When Choosing Digital Tools for Underserved Students?

Molly B. Zielezinski, EdSurge

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Andrew Miller, Edutopia

The Maker Movement, Equity, and Schools: Researcher Q&A

Benjamin Herold, Education Week

We Need Schools… Not Factories
Sugata Mitra, Huffington Post

How Do We Prepare Teachers to Teach Coding?

Dr. Megan Nickels, Getting Smart

iNACOL in the News

New Junior College On the Block

Farida Master, Times Online

The air is filled with excitement as fingers fly frantically off the keyboard. Three members of the leadership team of the new Ormiston Junior College talk in staccato sentences as they get the progress report for the Board of Trustees…

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

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