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May 17, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 05.17.17

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
iNACOL PLUGGED IN 05.17.17

Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is seeking a consultant (contractor) as a Research Project Manager for a national K-12 education personalized learning scan. The deadline to apply for this consulting position is Friday, May 19, 2017. Learn more about the position and apply here. Please consider sharing this on Twitter:

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

Connecting the Dots: Aligning Efforts to Support Teachers and Students in New Hampshire
Jonathan Vander Els, CompetencyWorks

Time for a New Conversation in Education
Phyllis Lockett, Huffington Post

Opinion: We Won’t Break the Status Quo Until We Admit Our Own Biases
Kate Gerson, The Hechinger Report

What Happens When You Give a District the Freedom to Innovate?
Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)
Vicki Davis, Edutopia

Bill to Revamp Career and Technical Education Law Introduced in House
Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week

On the Brink of Massive Change: Is This the Future You Want?
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

How to Rally Parents Around Personalized Learning
Mary Kenkel, KnowledgeWorks

Maine Compass: Proficiency-Based Education Key to Closing Maine’s Skills Gap
Steven Pound, Central Maine

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

We Have a Proficiency-Based Diploma. Now What?
The trust in the conventional education system has been undermined by the tradition of awarding diplomas to students who do not possess the skills needed for college and careers. It has been possible in many districts to receive a…

Putting the Pieces Together to Build a Competency-Based Statewide System
New England states have a variety of reasons for turning to competency-based education: higher expectations than ever before, the demand for skills that prepare students for an ever-changing world, and an understanding that the…

Seven Key Questions for States Looking to Transition to Competency Education
Competency-based education is expanding across the country under a variety of different terms, including mastery-based, proficiency-based, and performance-based. Educators turn to competency-based education when they realize 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…

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…

District Says 24 Credits and a D-minus Average Aren’t Good Enough
by 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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