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February 8, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 2.08.17

A final word from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL released a new report: What’s Possible with Personalized Learning?This report is designed to inform schools, families and communities about the potential of personalized learning. Through case studies, this paper illustrates what personalized learning looks like in practice, provides examples of teachers personalizing learning in their schools and districts, and shares student perspectives on how new instructional designs are meeting their unique needs.

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

A Rare Opportunity to Shape the Future of Education in Communities and States Across America
With a new federal K-12 education law in the United States passed, the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015), it is a historic time in public education. The power has shifted back to state and local systems to plan, design and strengthen public…

Pioneering the New Way of Learning: Learner Agency and Opportunity
We are members of GripTape’s Youth Leadership Board which is composed of youth in high school and college who have set out on a journey to change the view of education for youth everywhere. Through weekly video conferences, new…

New Report for Parents and Communities Opens Ideas on What is Possible with Personalized Learning
Teachers, leaders, students and families in communities across the country are coming together to explore how schools can better prepare students to succeed after graduation. Together, they’re exploring big questions such as: what must…

Policies for Personalization: Student Agency
If a district puts into place all the pieces described earlier, they will be well on their way to creating a strong standards-referenced system – but not a student-centered one. The new value proposition is based on an integration of…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

February Teacher Talk Webinar | How Teachers Are Leading Change for Personalized Learning
February 16, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

March Leadership Webinar | Future-Focused Education Innovations: Insights from Global Leaders
March 15, 2017  |  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

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

Proficiency Is for Hope
Bill Zima, CompetencyWorks

#AdvanceEquity: A New Dialogue Series on Equity and Inclusion

PISA, Internalizing Failure, and Barriers to Deeper Learning
Jonathan J.B. Mijs and Tyler S. Thigpen, Education Week

Mastery Approach Lets Students Engage More Deeply with Learning
Kelly Brady and Krysta Swanger, Idaho Statesman

Utah Senator’s Bill Would Allow Schools to Keep Funding When Students Graduate Early
Benjamin Wood, The Salt Lake Tribune

Competency-Based Education Gains Momentum
Kristi DePaul, Next Generation Learning Challenges

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 4 Common Characteristics of Personalized Learning
Leila Meyer, THE Journal
Over the last decade, technology has radically altered the way we live, work and communicate, yet many schools continue to follow the industrial age model of education established more than 100 years ago. Personalized learning presents…

Tech Advances Help Boost Personalized Learning in Schools
Tanya Roscorla, The Center for Digital Education
Many school district leaders recognize that the traditional school system doesn’t work well for all kids and are moving toward personalized learning. This is new territory, and they’re looking for examples they can follow. To provide school…

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