Virtual School Meanderings

January 27, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 1.26.17

I didn’t get this posted yesterday, but a final word this week from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

Discussions about the future of education often leave out one crucial perspective: students. KnowledgeWorks is launching Imagine FutureEd, a student design competition to engage students in thinking critically and creatively about the future of education. The competition opens on February 20 and submissions are due March 27, 2017. For more details and to sign up, click here.

CompetencyWorks is hosting an invitation-only National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education in Denver, Colorado on June 21-23, 2017. The Summit will convene 100 leading innovators to move the field of competency-based education through the next generation of ideas and actionable outcomes, with a specific focus on equity and diversity. Leading up to the Summit, CompetencyWorks is designing a participatory process to engage a wider network of experts and tap into the collective knowledge of the field. If you have at least one year of experience in the field of competency education, we invite you to participate by joining a Technical Advisory Group. Learn more here.

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Creating a Common Language of Learning: A Continuum of Learning
Once a district has established what the structure will be, the next step is to organize the content areas or domains into the structure or a continuum of learning. The task at hand is to create a learning continuum for each domain…

New Zealand Leads the Way on Competency-Based Learning – Part 1
New Zealand has been exploring future directions in competency-based learning and assessment for decades. The movement is grounded in social justice and equity. The principles of good practice which are the focus of the conversation…

New Zealand Leads the Way on Competency-Based Learning – Part 2
In 2016, I was invited as an Eisenhower Fellow to the 2016 Colloquium on Competency-Based Learning and Assessment (CBLA) in New Zealand. This Colloquium explored competency-based learning and assessment systems…

The Power of Grades
There are few fields where talk of equity is as ubiquitous as it is in education. For all of that, our system of education remains remarkable for its ability to continually reproduce inequitable outcomes along race, class, and gender lines…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

February Leadership Webinar | Leadership for Learning: What Is Leadership’s Role in Supporting Success for Every Student?
February 8, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

Save the Date: iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 15-18, 2017  |  Charlotte, North Carolina

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

How to Participate in the Equity Technical Advisory Group
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

How Do We Ensure Personalized Learning is a True Equity Initiative?
Ace Parsi and Maria Moser, The Huffington Post

Teachers Are Managers – So Let’s Give Them the Tools to Manage
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute

The School Reform Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump Should Embrace
Gisèle Huff, The Daily Beast

How Students Critiquing One Another’s Work Raises the Quality Bar
Mind/Shift KQED

With More Exposure to Science, English-Learners’ Achievement Soared
Corey Mitchell, Education Week

The Role of Comprehensive Data Systems in Personalized Learning
Jesse Moyer, KnowledgeWorks

Mark Zuckerberg and His Plan for a Personalized Learning Revolution
David Marley, TES

From Subpar to On Par: Lindsay Unified Redefined
The Porterville Reporter

Competency-Based Learning: A Dropout Prevention Strategy?
Catherine Gewertz, Education Week

iNACOL in the News

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other EdTech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle
Michael B. Horn, EdSurge
Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner Hype Cycle-or perhaps as in a metaphorical Ferris wheel, in which concepts take their seats…

Developing Our Understanding of Personalized Learning
Barbara Kurshan and Jenny Janovitz, Forbes
“Personalized learning” programs and the use of the term “personalized learning” seem to be everywhere in education today. It is understandable why there is such a “big to-do” about it. The achievement gap between students from high…

The Future of Education on Display in Webster
Todd Beckmann, Burnett County Sentinel
Teaching is different today than it was just five years ago and the Webster School Board got a taste of that realization at its November meeting. “Through the use of technology, kids today come to us with a different set of skills”…

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