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July 27, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 07.27.16

And finishing today with a note from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

We are currently accepting applications for the following four iNACOL Innovator Awards:

  • iNACOL Blended and Online Teacher of the Year
  • Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award
  • Research Award
  • Outstanding Individual Contribution to K-12 Blended and Online Learning Award

These awards honor four education pioneers for their work in personalized, blended and online learning. Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate byAugust 26, 2016. Final nomination packages are due by 8:00 p.m. ET on September 9, 2016. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to Learn more here and share with your colleagues 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

Not Your Average Learning Experience
There are no ladders, no fixed paths. Each one of us has our own web of development, where each new step we take opens up a whole range of new possibilities that unfolds according to our own individuality. In the book…

8 Ways Blended Districts Can Implement a Competency-Based Structure
Districts that have introduced blended learning may share the common philosophy with competency-based schools that students learn differently, requiring schools to personalize the learning experiences of students. However…

6 Ways to Eliminate Attribution Error on the Path to Equity in Competency-Based Systems
In order to create an equitable education system, we need to reduce the predictive value of race, gender, class, and disability in the classroom. In the blaming culture of the traditional educational system, we point to children or…

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…

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
Useful Links:

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

What 10 Years of Online Professional Development Taught New Hampshire
Stan Freeda, EdSurge

Student Voices: Moving Beyond “When I Grow Up…”
JoEllen Lynch, Getting Smart

Catalyzing Mastery-Based Learning: NYC’s Mastery Collaborative
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

How Can Schools Prioritize for the Best Way Kids Learn?
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

Georgia Gathering Ideas on School Accountability Plan
Ty Tagami, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution

Can ‘Micro-Credentialing’ Salvage Teacher PD?
Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week

One Bronx High School Is Trying to Reach High-Needs Students by Ditching the Traditional Classroom
Alex Zimmerman, Chalkbeat

iNACOL in the News

Where Competency-Based Education Helps Students
Tara García Mathewson
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…

NH Pays Its Main E-School For What Kids Learn, Not Just Enrolling or Logging In
Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer
The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in New Hampshire gets no money simply because a student enrolls in the school. Unlike Ohio, New Hampshire pays the school only when kids make progress in their classes. “We are not…

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…

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