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September 8, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 09.07.16

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)


Dear Colleagues:

Recently, iNACOL released the report Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning, which provides state policy exemplars for leaders seeking to enable personalized learning in K-12 education. Today, iNACOL released an executive summary of this report to highlight state policies along a continuum of key policy recommendations. Together, the executive summary and full report are useful tools for state policymakers and advocates seeking to advance personalized learning in K-12 education.

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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

Making Room for Hardship in Positive Youth Development

Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Five Ways to Ensure Real Learning Happens in Maker-Enhanced Projects

Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

Engaging Students in Deeper Learning Requires Engaging Assessments

Soung Bae, Kari Kokka, Education Week

What’s Working: Setting Goals for Success

Allan Golston, The Huffington Post

6 Tips from Personalized Learning Innovators Leading Change

Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute

Teaching Empathy through Place-Based Education

Jenny Pieratt, Getting Smart

The Power of Student Agency in Assessment and Learning

Tony Siddall, Next Generation Learning Challenges

NYC School Tackles Social-Emotional Needs to Improve Academics

Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

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…

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…

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…

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… 

What Do the Tests of the Future Look Like?

Corinne Lestch, EdScoop

Tests aren’t making the grade anymore – but states have a chance to fix them. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states are being challenged to create new, improved, innovative tests that don’t look like the standard multiple-choice…
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…


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