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August 24, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 08.24.16

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)


Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is currently accepting nominations for the iNACOL Innovator Awards, designed to honor pioneers in personalized, blended and online learning. The deadline to submit your intent to nominate is this Friday, August 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 more here and share with your colleagues on Twitter:

Below are the latest events, news and trends across the field of competency-based, blended and online learning.

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

September Special Edition Webinar | A Reflection on the Field of K-12 Competency-Based Education and Emerging Issues

September 29, 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

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

San Antonio Here We Come: Competency Ed at the iNACOL Symposium

Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Inside the Online School That Could Drastically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere

Chris Berdik, Wired

Full ‘STEAM’ Ahead: Buses Converted into Computer Labs

Karen Freeman, U.S News & World Report

Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment

Dr. Sherawn Reberry, Jeff Simmons, EdSurge

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture for Valuable Learning

Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

New Graduation Rules Stress Actual Knowledge

Andrew Martin, Stanley Blow III, Stowe Reporter

Learner-Centered Teaching: Are Schools Doing Enough?

Julius Bizimungu, The New Times

Palisade Crowd Gets Info on Performance-Based Learning

Katie Langford, The Daily Sentinel

Change Schooling to Improve Student Learning

Jill Berkowicz, Ann Myers, Education Week

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

9 Ways States Can Support Personalized, Competency-Based Education Systems

Creating an education system that prepares every student to succeed requires systemic transformation to high-quality, personalized, competency-based education. Today, the prevailing traditional, one-size-fits-all K-12 education…

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…

iNACOL in the News

Student Voices: Moving Beyond “When I Grow Up…”

JoEllen Lynch, The Huffington Post

A major task for high schools today is to guide students toward postsecondary opportunities. In the best schools, a strong college and career office develops relationships with students and families, presenting them with possible… 

Blended 2.0 Shifts Learning in Schools

Patricia Daddona, District Administration 

A third-grader studying the Spanish settlement of California found a virtual tour online and shared the trip with her classmates by slipping a smartphone into a Google Cardboard viewing device. Such limitless online resources represent…

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…

Getting Smart Staff, Getting Smart 
It’s that time again! Time to vote for which panels you want to see at SXSWedu in 2017. Community votes and comments for SXSWedu are open on the PanelPicker from now until Friday, September 2. If you aren’t registered to vote…

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