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June 14, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 06.14.17

A final word today from the neo-liberals.

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dear Colleagues:

New Reports

CompetencyWorks released an introductory paper and four new draft reports on key issues in competency education in advance of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education:

New Video

The SKOOL Project created a documentary short showcasing the vision for a redesigned education system in Colorado as part of a feature-length film that they will release in 2018. It tells the story of a student, teachers, and a learner advocate who have been co-designers with ReSchool Colorado. Watch the video 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

Seventh Grader, Far Ahead of Her Class, Punished for Taking Too Many Courses
Jay Mathews, The Washington Post

Gates, Zuckerberg Philanthropies Team Up on Personalized Learning
Benjamin Herold, Education Week

Building a Comprehensive Set of Equity Strategies
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

The Future of Proficiency-Based Education
Lillian Mongeau, The Hechinger Report

Distinctly Equitable: How This Chicago School Makes Competency-Based Learning Work
Colleen Collins, EdSurge

A School Leader’s Student-Centered Resources for Next Gen Educators (Part Two)
Arthur Baraf, Keesa McKoy, Students at the Center Hub

New Grading System for Swain Elementary Schools
Jessica Webb, The Smoky Mountain Times

Building a Bridge from 21st Century Learners to 21st Century Earners
Sajan George, EdSurge

From Bismarck to Boise: States Take the Lead on Personalized Learning
Anne Olson, EdCircuit

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

Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts
Assessment literacy has traditionally evoked measurement principles such as validity and reliability accompanied by complex equations, statistical terms, and images of normal curves, ogives, and error bands. We now conceptualize…

Making Educator Professional Learning Personalized and Competency-Based through Micro-Credentials
Transformation of K-12 education systems to student-centered learning will require redesigning educator preparation and development systems to become personalized and competency-based. What are strategies to consider for building…

CompetencyWorks Releases New Reports on Key Issues in Competency Education
In advance of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, CompetencyWorks released new draft reports exploring key issues challenging the field of competency education: An Introduction to the National…

New Hampshire: Building an Integrated Competency-Based System
New Hampshire’s move toward competency education started with the pilot of competency assessments in 1997, expanding from the original four high schools to nearly thirty by 2003. The pilots sparked conversation about the importance…

iNACOL in the News

How Diplomas Based on Skill Acquisition, Not Credits Earned, Could Change Education
Lillian Mongeau, The Hechinger Report
Algebra was not Kylee Elderkin’s favorite subject at the beginning of the school year. “I was a little behind,” said Kylee, 14. “I wouldn’t understand.” The Nokomis Regional High School ninth grader said she used to routinely miss key skills…

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…

Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education
Tony Wan, EdSurge
Grit. Open. Disruptive innovation. Powerful ideas that seem simple in print quickly take on new, and potentially divergent, meanings as they are applied to policy and practice. Some terms, including “open,” get appended to specific…

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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