Virtual School Meanderings

August 11, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 08.11.16

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

To view this email as a web page, go here.


Dear Colleagues: 

We need your vote to present at SXSWedu in March. Cast your vote today and help us share our knowledge in competency education and ESSA:

The U.S. Department of Education and the District Reform Network published new research findings from the Race to the Top-District program, detailing how personalized learning initiatives have sparked transformations in student learning: Transforming the Culture of Teaching and Learning: Four Race to the Top-District Grantees’ Implementation of Personalized Learning.

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

Top State Policy Issues for Leading Edge Educators and Leaders
Each year, iNACOL surveys our members for the top federal and state policy issues they are seeing in their work. iNACOL’s more than 5,000 members represent diverse viewpoints from personalized, competency-based, blended…

5 Reasons Why Competency Education Can Lead Us to Improved Quality and More Equity
Ensuring quality and equity is as the heart of the movement to transform education toward personalized, competency-based learning. By placing the student at the center of the learning process and re-engineering around…

The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2016: New Opportunities for States to Transform K-12 Education to Student-Centered Learning
Across the country, states are supporting local efforts to redesign K-12 education around student learning with competency-based, personalized education. Educators are making learning more empowering, engaging and tailored to…

Time Matters: How We Use Flexible Time to Design Higher and Deeper Learning
When learning is done on a deeper level, it takes longer to accomplish. Thus, learning experiences that allow students to delve into topics and apply their skills are often more complex to design. Schools must think about how they are…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

September Leadership Webinar | Key Takeaways and Lessons Learned from Next Generation Learning Models
September 14, 2016  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

September Teacher Talk Webinar | How to Get Started with Maker Education
September 15, 2016  |  6:30-7:30 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium 2016
October 25-28, 2016 | San Antonio, Texas
Helpful Links:

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

Engaging Others: A Short Reflection on Leadership
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Getting Drop-Outs Back In the Classroom
Lauren Camera, U.S. News & World Report

Palisade Crowd Gets Info on Performance-Based Learning
Katie Langford, The Daily Sentinel

Has New Hampshire Found the Secret to Online Education that Works?
Chris Berdik, The Hechinger Report

Home Connectivity and the Homework Gap
Leila Meyer, THE Journal

Bringing Mindfulness Into the K-12 Classroom
Lynea Gillen, Getting Smart

Measuring the Impact of Poverty in Education
Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Partnering for Solutions with North Carolina Virtual School (Part 1)
Adam Renfro, Virtual School Leadership Alliance

iNACOL in the News

E-Learning Is Growing in Popularity
Saul Rosen, Newswire
Throughout the country, more and more students are turning towards online learning as a way of earning credits towards a high school diploma or college degree, whether achieved fully or partially online. Although online schools were…

How This State Is Turning its Virtual Teachers into Online Learning Experts
Stephen Noonoo, eSchool News
In Arkansas, as in most states, student interest in online learning is skyrocketing. While most students still take at least some of their courses in a face-to-face setting, the need to scale online learning opportunities for thousands of…

Education Department Announces Grant Competition to Spur Innovative Tests
Corinne Lestch, EdScoop
The Department of Education announced a grant competition to encourage states to propose improved, innovative annual state tests that would incorporate technology-based tools and measure student achievement by 21st century…

Stay connected

This email was sent to:

This email was sent by: North American Council for Online Learning dba International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
1934 Old Gallows Road, Suite 350, Vienna, VA, 22182-4040, United States

We respect your right to privacy – view our policy

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: