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July 13, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 07.13.16

Finishing the day with news from the neo-liberals…

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Only two days remain to take advantage of early-bird discounts on attendee registration for the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, an offer that ends on July 15, 2016. Take advantage of early-bird discounts and register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today. Share this with your peers 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

Tackling Issues of Equity in Personalized Learning
Personalized learning has become a critical element of most next generation learning models, as we are faced with the challenge of ensuring all students get what they need to be successful in their transition to college and careers…

Department of Education Proposes New Rules for ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Pilot
This morning, the US Department of Education (ED) released proposed draft rules for state assessments as part of the continuing implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The December 2015 law allows states…

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…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

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.

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 discounts on attendee registration.

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

Rules Proposed for ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Pilot
Alyson Klein, Education Week

A Standards Strategy for Stackable Global Credentials
Andrew Sears, Christensen Institute

Insights from the RTT-D Personalized Learning Summit
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

‘Curiosity is a Powerful Motivator’: Spotlighting Student-Centered Learning
Anika Anand, Education Writers Association

How Can We Personalized Rigorous Projects?
Elina Alayeva, Getting Smart

Digital Portfolios Position Students for Success in the Workforce
Heather Hiles, EdSurge

From YouTube Pioneer Sal Khan, A School With Real Classrooms
Eric Westervelt, NPR

8 Game-Changing Books to Accelerate Learning
Debbie Howard, KnowledgeWorks

iNACOL in the News

Where Competency-Based Education Helps Students
Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive
An AIR study of schools that had adopted competency-based education policies and those that had not found unequal implementation in classrooms that made strict comparisons unhelpful but highlighted where CBE strategies truly impact…

Online Charters Expand Learning Options
Tom Vander Ark, Education Next
With the rise of options for anywhere, anytime digital learning, statewide schools play an important role in providing equitable access to a variety of quality learning pathways. It no longer makes sense to limit a family’s learning options…

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…

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