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May 4, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 05.03.17

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is publishing a blog series exploring K-12 competency-based education policy and practice in New England, based on the CompetencyWorks reportReaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England. Here are the first four blogs in the series, and you can continue following this series on iNACOL’s blog.

  1. Five Drivers of Transformation in New England States
  2. The Trouble with Prescriptive Policies When Paradigms Are Shifting
  3. A Timeline of K-12 Competency-Based Education Across New England States
  4. Three Lessons Learned from New England States Transitioning to Competency-Based Education

Attendee registration is open for the iNACOL Symposium 2017, held on October 23-25 in Orlando. Register by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 13, 2017 to receive early-bird registration discounts. Register here, and book your travel and hotel information here.

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

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

Encouraging Learning Risks and Growth
James Rickabaugh, CompetencyWorks

Teachers Customize Professional Development Through Microcredentials
Madeline Will, Education Week

Teacher Collaboration in a Competency-Based Learning Environment
Kate Westrich, KnowledgeWorks

Portland Prepares for Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements
Noel K. Gallagher, Portland Press Herald

Illinois Schools Experiment with Competency-Based Education Model
Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

What Four Skill Domains Do Educators Need for Learner-Centered Teaching?
Rebecca E. Wolfe, Students at the Center Hub

Upcoming iNACOL Events

May Teacher Talk Webinar | Teaching with a Growth Mindset
May 18, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Helpful Links:

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Three Lessons Learned from New England States Transitioning to Competency-Based Education
What can we learn about state-level strategies from New England states transitioning to competency-based education? At this point in the evolution of competency education, there are a few solid lessons to be learned from the…

Continuous Improvement: Addressing the Needs of Struggling Students
After the first few years of transition, districts begin to have the bandwidth to look more deeply at where students are not advancing or are at a lower level academically than their age-based grade. Although not necessarily done in…

Five Drivers of Transformation in New England States
Competency education is advancing in New England through a combination of shared vision and values, mutual respect and collaboration, and courageous leadership that is motivated by a sense of urgency to do better for students…

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…

iNACOL in the News

Grants Roundup: Gates and Chan-Zuckerberg Back $12 Million Personalized-Learning Venture
Rebecca Koenig, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
$12 million over four years to venture-philanthropy fund New Profit to create the Personalized Learning Initiative, which will provide grants and guidance to seven organizations working to advance personalized-learning technology…

Preparing Students for Global Success
Mary Kenkel, KnowledgeWorks

Kristin has a part of our family for as long as I can remember; she and my mom have been best friends since they met in ‘Up With People.’ After a Scandinavian summer with Kristin and her husband, along with my sister, I consider Kristin my Norwegian mom…

District Says 24 Credits and a D-minus Average Aren’t Good Enough
Tara García Mathewson
When Kylie Jones brings home her report card, it doesn’t have any A’s, B’s or C’s. The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system. Traditional grades no longer…

New Profit Launches Two Education Initiatives Aimed at Inclusive Social Entrepreneurship and Personalized Learning
New Profit
New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization that helps bold problem solvers break through to transform lives, communities, and systems, has announced it will launch two capacity building initiatives: the Personalized Learning Initiative…

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