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June 28, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 06.28.17

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Dear Colleagues:

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium by July 13, 2017 to receive early-bird discounts on registration.

The iNACOL Symposium will be held on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, and will bring together over 3,000 experts and educational leaders from around the world — making it the leading event for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 education through competency-based, blended and online learning. Don’t miss out on early-bird pricing — register today. Share this with your colleagues on Twitter:

  • Register for #iNACOL17 event w early-bird pricing thru 7/13. Exploring #CBE, #PL, #online & #blended learning @nacol

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Nevada Enacts Significant Legislation to Advance Competency-Based Education
In Nevada, a new law supporting competency-based education (CBE), AB 110, was passed with unanimous support by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor on June 9. It establishes a CBE task force, a CBE professional learning…

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…

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…

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…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
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Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

Adult Learning: Creating Buy-In
Ali Brown, CompetencyWorks

Amidst Opioid Addiction, Plummeting Morale, One Elementary School Reinvents Itself
Amy Allen, EdSurge

The Disconnect Between Educational Measures and Life Outcomes
Jay P. Greene, Education Next

3 Innovative Tips for Tackling School Culture
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute

The Six Relationships That Characterize Great Schools
Robert Kuhl, Education Week

What Do Educators Want to Get Out of Professional Learning?
Erin O’Hara and J. Edward Guthrie, Education Week

Group Looks to Measure How Well States’ ESSA Plans Will Serve Disadvantaged Students
Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

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…

‘Course-Choice’ Efforts Grow to Give Students More Options
Robin L. Flanigan, Education Week
On Chris Ford’s first day as superintendent of Missouri’s Fordland R-III school district in 2014, all three buildings in the 550-student system were working off a server from the 1990s connected by five switch ports. The connection speed…

The Future of Proficiency-Based Education
Lillian Mongeau, The Hechinger Report
Abi Thornton, Olivia Feeley and Jack Romano were considering every angle as they worked through a diagnosis of their patient, Mr. Krabs. The 65-year-old Krabs presented with chest pain and excessive sweating. Those symptoms…

Online Classes for K-12 Students: 10 Research Reports You Need to Know
Benjamin Herold, Education Week
From Advanced Placement courses offered by state-run virtual schools to credit recovery classes delivered via third-party software, supplemental online education courses have exploded in K-12 education. To help policymakers…

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…

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