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August 9, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 08.09.17

And from the neo-liberals…

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Dear Colleagues:

The iNACOL Symposium has announced the lineup of 200+ interactive sessions organized around the theme: “Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality.”View the sessions here. iNACOL is also offering full- and half-day Pre-Conference Workshops designed for deeper learning and knowledge building in personalized, competency-based, blended and online learning. Browse and register for Pre-Conference Workshops here. If you haven’t yet registered to attend #inacol17register here today.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities released a new resource hub:Personalized Learning and Students with Disabilities, containing 13 new publications including case studies and recommendations for implementation—all with an eye on the needs and success of students with disabilities—tailored for parentseducators,  administrators and policymakers, wherever and however they may be approaching personalized learning.

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Three Driving Questions for Developing High-Quality Competency-Based Systems
One of my big a-ha moments in the process of the Technical Assistance Group on Quality (thanks to all of you!) is that we couldn’t define quality until we were able to explain what a competency-based structure was more precisely…

Exploring a Four-Part Quality Framework for Competency Education
Districts and schools are complex organizations with a complex goal – helping students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests, aptitudes, and skills become prepared for the transition into adulthood, defined as readiness…

Building a Comprehensive Set of Equity Strategies
Districts and schools will need to design equity strategies based on their student population and data on student learning and achievement. However, there are a number of core strategies that can benefit all students and have been…

Introducing an Equity Framework for Competency Education
One of our challenges at the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education was to explore, clarify, and develop recommendations on how to approach and improve equity within a competency-based system. In a…

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…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

August Special Edition Webinar | Competency Education: A Reflection on the Field and Future Directions
August 22, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

August Special Edition Webinar | Promising Practices in Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners
August 29, 2017  |  1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

September Leadership Webinar | Exploring Key Questions about Leadership in Student-Centered Learning Environments
September 13, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

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

The Importance of Modeling Student-Centered Professional Learning
Matt Drewette-Card, CompetencyWorks

Let’s Put Personalized Learning in Its Proper Place
Andy Calkins, Education Week

Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color
Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic

District 51 Discontinuing Valedictorian Honors by 2021
Katie Langford, The Daily Sentinel

This School For Refugees And Immigrants Pushes Young English-Learners To Aim Higher
Liz Posner, Forbes

Moving to a Competency-Based Assessment System
Ray Bendici, District Administration

A Town Helps Transform Its School
Emelina Minero, Edutopia

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

iNACOL in the News

Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)
Marisa Kaplan, EdSurge
“Personalized learning” is a term that people take quite personally—and that leads to a variety of interpretations about what it means. That’s a problem, says John Reyes, director of educational technology for the Archdiocese of Los…

Report: Best Practices for ELL Students in Personalized Environments
Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) has released a new report focused on trends and practices in personalized and competency-based learning for English language learners (ELL). The report, “Next Generation…

Next Generation Learning Models for ELL Students
Staff, Getting Smart
More than 4.9 million English Language Learners (ELL) students were enrolled in U.S. public schools during the 2013-14 school year, and it’s predicted that nearly 1 out of every 4 public students will be an ELL by 2025. Based on these…

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