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February 23, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 2.23.17

From the neo-liberals to end the day…

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida onOctober 23-25, 2017. Submit your presentation proposal here. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. iNACOL is hosting a Special Edition Webinar on March 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET to explain the RFP process and timeline, and highlight ways to design interactive, meaningful sessions. Learn more and register for the webinar here.

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KnowledgeWorks released ESSA and Personalized Learning: State by State, which is an interactive map and state-by-state analysis of state strategies to advance personalized learning. This resource highlights emerging ideas states are considering as they leverage flexibilities in their state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The House of Representatives voted to overturn accountability and teacher preparation regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 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

Policies for Personalization: Levels, Pace, and Progress
Districts will need to develop a set of policies or guidelines regarding pace. The function of keeping students learning at a meaningful pace (as compared to delivering curriculum) is one of the most important and challenging aspects of…

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…

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…

Empowering Teachers
In competency-based schools, a collaborative and empowered cadre of teachers is the engine that drives learning. Student learning depends on a strong adaptive instructional cycle that, in turn, depends on skilled teachers using their…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

March Special Edition Webinar | A Primer on Submitting Your Proposal to Present at the iNACOL Symposium 2017
March 2, 2017  |  2:00-2:30 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.

March Teacher Talk Webinar | An Introduction to Maker Education for Teachers
March 16, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

March Special Edition Webinar | Course Access: Improving Student Access to Advanced Coursework and a Well-Rounded Education
March 28, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

April Teacher Talk Webinar | How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students
April 20, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Submit your presentation proposal here.
Visit the Symposium website.

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

Supporting Teachers at D51: A Conversation with the Professional Learning Facilitators
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

New STEM-Focused Micro School Concept Lands in Decatur
Brent Barron, Dekalb Neighbor

Moving to “Engage, Equip and Empower” District 51 Students
Jim Spehar, The Daily Sentinel

Can Micro-Credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development for Teachers?
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

The Road to Invisible Assessment
Kai-leé Berke, EdSurge

How Schools Improve
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Competency-Based Education: Technology Challenges and Opportunities
Mark Leuba, Educause Review

iNACOL in the News

5 Examples of Personalized Learning in Action
Laura Ascione, eSchool News
As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in classrooms across the nation, it is easier than ever for students with different learning styles and needs to create personalized learning environments. A new report from iNACOL gives…

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…


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