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November 30, 2016

iNACOL Plugged In | 11.30.16

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Dear Colleagues:

The U.S. Department of Education released final regulations to implement the accountability, data reporting and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The regulations will provide guidance for states, districts and educators on the historical opportunities under ESSA to ensure a high-quality, well-rounded education for every student. Read the press release or view a summary of the final regulations.

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

New Report Released by CiE Focusing on Leadership in a New Education Environment
The Center for Innovation in Education released a powerful new report, Leadership for Learning: What is Leadership’s Role in Supporting Success for Every Student? written by Gene Wilhoit, Linda Pittenger and…

What Is Competency Education?
During the last few years, the phrase competency education has come into vogue. You may have heard it being used to refer to self-paced online learning or to describe innovations in higher education. This series is focused on 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…

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

December Teacher Talk Webinar | Assessments and Grading for Teachers in K-12 Competency-Based Systems
December 15, 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

“This Isn’t What I Learned in School”: Teachers Share Learnings from New, Competency-Based High Schools
Victoria Crispin, CompetencyWorks

Dexter Schools Testing Facebook-Engineered Program in the Classroom
Lauren Slagter, The Ann Arbor News

In PBC Elementary Schools, Kids Can Now Do 3 Years of Math in 2 Years
Andrew Marra, My Palm Beach Post

Proficiency-Based Education: A Closer Look
John Krinjak, WABI-TV

The Importance of School Culture in Personalized Learning
Natalie Matthews, KnowledgeWorks

Illinois’ First Competency-Based Learning Pilot Launches with Call for Applications
Illinois State Board of Education

Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning Transforms a Small Rural District
Susan Frey, EdSource

iNACOL in the News

Advancing Human Potential: The Power of Personalized Learning
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart
Teachers have been attempting to differentiate for decades. Blended learning environments have made it much easier to meet individual needs-both with adaptive software and buying time for teachers to work with small groups…

‘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…

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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