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March 23, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 3.23.17

And a newsletter from the neo-liberals to end the day…

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dear Colleagues:

Recently, we released a report titled What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families and Communities. This paper is designed for education leaders to communicate with families, teachers, students and communities about the potential of personalized learning, and can be used to begin conversations around what modern learning environments look like and ways to best prepare students for post-secondary success. In case you missed it, we published a five-part blog series highlighting this report:

  1. New Report for Parents and Communities Opens Ideas on What is Possible with Personalized Learning
  2. What Does Personalized Learning Look Like in Schools?
  3. What Does Personalized Learning Mean for Students?
  4. What Does Personalized Learning Mean for Teachers?
  5. How Can Families and Communities Support Personalized Learning?

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

What Is Competency Education?
Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in districts and schools across the United States and around the world. At the same time, new and innovative school models are developing and scaling, contributing to our…

Preparing Teachers for Personalized Classrooms
One of the necessary steps to ensure a district is creating a student-centered culture rather than one solely driven by standards is to prepare teachers for managing personalized classrooms. Pittsfield School District provided…

Continuous Improvement and Innovation
It is no surprise that Chugach School District received the Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award in its seventh year after creating a performance-based system. Competency education creates the conditions for continuous…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

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 Leadership Webinar | Communication and Outreach Strategies for Leaders Shifting to Personalized Learning
April 13, 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.

April Special Edition Webinar | An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers
April 27, 2017  |  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Theme: “Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality”
Visit the Symposium website.

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

Performance-Based Learning in a Dual Immersion School
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

One Brooklyn School Wants to Change How Kids – And Teachers – Are Taught
Amy Rolph, USA Today

How Design Thinking Helps Students Take Action
Sanjli Gidwaney, Education Week

Pushing the Boundaries: Positive Youth Development and School Design
JoEllen Lynch, edCircuit

Personalized Learning Reshapes School PD
Jessica Terrell, District Administration

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

Teachers at Two Rivers Roll Up Their Sleeves to Build Assessments from Scratch
Amanda Ronan, EdSurge

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…

What School Districts Want to Hear from Ed-Tech Vendors (Video)
Carmen Rojas, Education Week
In the crowded field of education technology, it’s important for vendors to pitch their products well. But what do school district officials want to hear?EdWeek Market Brief Senior Editor Sean Cavanagh attended the iNACOL…

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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