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November 16, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 11.16.16

And from the neo-liberals to finish the day…

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Dear Colleagues:

Please save-the-date for next year’s Symposium at the Charlotte Convention Center on October 15-18, 2017. To reflect on #inacol16 and continue learning, here are some links:

Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

3,500 Educators Committed to Innovation for Equity
The Getting Smart team spent last week at iNACOL’s annual Blended and Online Learning Symposium. This year more than 3,500 educators and leaders gathered in San Antonio, Texas, to learn from and inspire one another. The…

New Report Highlights State Policy Opportunities Under the Every Student Succeeds Act for Personalized Learning
Today, iNACOL published a new report, Meeting The Every Student Succeeds Act’s Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning. The report provides state policy recommendations to realize the promise of the historic…

Introducing Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders
Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. In some states, state leadership has cleared the path with policies to advance competency education. However, districts in Alaska…

Talking Equity with John Duval
“Mastery-based learning can reopen a conversation about equity.” With just these few words, John Duval launched us into a dynamic conversation. Duval leads the Model Redesign Team in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

November Teacher Talk Webinar | Design Principles for World-Class Project-Based Learning
November 17, 2016  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

Save the Date: iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 15-18, 2017

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

Telling Our Story
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Pittsfield Elementary School Adopts Competency-Based, Multi-Age Classroom Program
Lola Duffort, Concord Monitor

Departing from Traditional Notions of ‘School’
Clint Christopher, Chaska Herald

How to Develop Mindsets for Compassion and Caring in Students
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

Empathy Lessons from Three High School Sophomores
Jillian Kuhlmann, KnowledgeWorks

Must a Classroom Be High-Tech to Make Personalized Learning Work?
Jamie Martines, The Hechinger Report

Competency Education Can Better Inform Parents, Students, and Teachers
Karla Phillips and Carri Schneider, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Education Matters: District 51 Vision Sessions Define the Future
Melinda Bolton, KJCT

iNACOL in the News

‘I Spend Half My Days in Accelerated Classes and the Other Half in Special Ed’
Jack Bradley, The Hechinger Report
Like everything in my life, it’s complicated. I spend half my days in accelerated classes and the other half in special ed. I didn’t start talking until I was almost 3 but it was worth the wait because my first word was “wow.” I didn’t learn to…

3 Tips for Introducing Competency-Based Learning Into K-12
Mary Jo Madda, EdSurge
By far, one of the most popular topics at the iNACOL conference in San Antonio last week was “competency-based learning”; out of the conference’s approximately 200 sessions, 35 had the phrase in their title. Competency-based…

Personalized Learning in Boston For Youth That Need It Most
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart
Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA) is an alternative public charter high school that serves over-aged and under-credited youth. Just south of downtown in Roxbury, BDEA serves about 400 students just two blocks from the district…

Is Personalized Learning the Real Key to Solving Equity Issues? Jim Shelton’s 2016 iNACOL Keynote
Mary Jo Madda, EdSurge
Is personalized learning the real key to solving equity issues? That was a question that Jim Shelton, President of Education for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), provided thoughts on this past Thursday at the iNACOL…


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