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July 12, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 07.12.17

Today’s newsletter from the neo-liberals.

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL published a new report: Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners: Promising Practices and Considerations for Teaching and Learning, which highlights promising practices and trends in new designs to advance learning for English language learner (ELL) students. Here is a blogpost sharing highlights from the report, and below are sample tweets to share this new report with your colleagues:

  • New Report from @nacol: Next Generation #Learning Models for English Language #Learners #ELL #NextGenEd
  • New Report from @nacol highlights promising practices to advance #learning for #ELL students

Tomorrow (July 13, 2017) is the last day to receive early-bird discounts on iNACOL Symposium registration. Register today to save on attendee registration pricing, and please consider sharing this notice with your peers 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

New Report on Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners
Next generation learning models hold promise for meeting the needs of English language learner (ELL) students and supporting them towards lifelong success. iNACOL released a new report: Next Generation Learning Models for English…

Vermont: Comprehensive Policies of Personalization and Proficiency-Based Learning
Vermont understands that personalization and proficiency-based education go hand-in-hand. In order to allow greater flexibility, schools need processes in place that create greater accountability for students to reach proficiency…

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…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Theme: Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality
Helpful Links:

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

Reciprocal Accountability for Transformative Change: New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment of Competency Education
Scott F. Marion, Jonathan Vander Els, Paul Leather, Voices in Urban Education

Bringing Voices Together for Competency Education and Performance Assessment
Laurie Gagnon, CompetencyWorks

What I Learned at CompetencyWorks’s National Summit: Let’s End the Tradeoff Between Accountability and Teacher Professionalism
Tony Monfiletto, New Mexico Center for School Leadership

Pushing the Boundaries: Positive Youth Development and School Design
JoEllen Lynch, edCircuit

Educators Explore Personalized Learning at Punahou Lab School
Rachel Breitweser, Punahou School

Smart Machines, Jobs and the Future of Readiness
Jason Swanson, KnowledgeWorks

Reimagining Failure: ‘Last-Change’ Schools Are the Future of American High Schools
Natalie Gross, The Hechinger Report

Traditional on the Outside, Changing on the Inside
Matt Koucky (student), The Bridge

The Greatest Challenge to Scaling Competency-Based Learning
Sajan George, Education Week

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…

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…

Online Classes for K-12 Students: An Overview
Benjamin Herold, Education Week
Millions of K-12 students now spend time taking online classes. But what those experiences look like, the reasons such courses are offered, and the entities that provide them all vary tremendously. And despite the rapid proliferation of online…

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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