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May 31, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 05.31.17

And from the neo-liberals to finish off the day…

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dear Colleagues:

The Barr Foundation is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, June 6 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET on the theory, practice and impact of positive youth development, an increasingly well understood and essential component in effective high school design. Joined by Springpoint, this webinar will explore the four key principles of positive youth development. Register for this webinar here, and please consider sharing this learning opportunity on Twitter:

  • Webinar: Positive Youth Development, 6/6, 1pm ET w/ @BarrFdn @springpointEDU @jennycurtin @JoEllen_Lynch @sjsherwood

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

National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education Recommended Reading
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

What Happens When Students Design Their Own Assessments?
Madeline Will, Education Week

In This New Hampshire High School, Internships Shape the Future of Learning
Jennifer Shaw, The Hechinger Report

Learn Locally, Think Globally: How Students and Teachers Grow from Cultural Exchange
Precious Crabtree, Education Week

Competency-Based Education, A Solution Worth Waiting For?
Emily Lampa, ABC

Could a Different Kind of Transcript Revitalize High-School Learning?
Ben Rosen, The Christian Science Monitor

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom
Alan Yu, KQED Mind/Shift

Five Reasons Why Proficiency-Based Education Needs PBL
Angela Marzilli, Buck Institute for Education

Upcoming iNACOL Events

June Leadership Webinar | Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-based Education Systems and other Deeper Learning Efforts
June 15, 2017  |  3:00-4:00 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

On Scaling Competency Education: Equity, Quality, and Sustainability
The early lesson from New England is that the scaling strategies for competency-based education require a combination of schools and districts that have the courageous leadership to convert to competency education and state leadership…

Maine: Making the Most of High Leverage Strategies
Maine’s journey to a proficiency-based diploma can best be described as a bottom-up and top-down process. In 2007 and 2008, districts in Maine began the journey to personalized, proficiency-based systems. First, the Department of…

Massachusetts: Home of the Early Innovators
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the only state in New England that has not taken proactive steps toward introducing or advancing competency education statewide despite there being no significant policy obstacles beyond the end-of…

Connecticut: Making Room for Innovation
In Connecticut, superintendents are among the strongest advocates for a personalized, mastery-based system, as they believe it to be the best way to help each and every student reach college and career readiness. Across the…

iNACOL in the News

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here’re Five Ways to Assess It
Barbra Thoeming, EdSurge
In Thomas County, Georgia, students who have struggled in the mainstream have found a home in Bishop Hall Charter School. At Bishop Hall, students master skills at their own speed. Principal Chris Huckans believes that…

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
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
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…

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