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April 7, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 04.07.17

And from the neo-liberals to finish today off.

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dear Colleagues:

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

How Can Families and Communities Support Personalized Learning?
Families, communities, teachers, parents and students around the country are coming together to explore how schools can better prepare students for postsecondary success. They are examining the promise of personalized…

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…

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

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

Getting Results in Personalized Learning
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

LEAP Innovations: Powerful Personalized Learning in Chicago
Tom Vander Ark and Emily Liebtag, Getting Smart

Talking About Equity: Promoting the Curb-Cut Effect
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy
Amanda Ronan, EdSurge

Giving Students Voice: Making Sure Students Are Part of the Collective Impact Movement
Marina Hopkins, KnowledgeWorks

These High School Journalists Investigated a New Principal’s Credentials. Days Later, She Resigned.
Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post

Why Engaging Parents Matters: Maloney High School
Students at the Center Hub

iNACOL in the News

Six Tips for Making Personalized Learning Work
Esther Ntuli, ASCD
Without a clear definition aligned to a toolkit of instructional supports, teachers will struggle to integrate personalized learning into their classroom curriculums. Based on my own teaching experiences and research-based literature review…

Getting Smart Podcast | The Voices of the iNACOL Symposium
Catherine Wedgwood, Getting Smart
Last year our team was lucky enough to attend the Symposium to coordinate the Voices Hub, where we recorded attendees’ thoughts on education for our podcast. Knowing that there are so many professional development opportunities…

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…

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