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May 22, 2020

Plugged In | 05.22.20 Aurora Institute Submits Comments On Proposed Education Department Priorities For Teacher-Led Professional Learning

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Aurora Institute Applauds Proposed Education Department Priorities for Teacher-Led Professional Learning

Aurora Institute Applauds Proposed Education Department Priorities for Teacher-Led Professional Learning

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing new priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant program. In public comments submitted last week by the Aurora Institute Center for Policy, we call the proposed priorities, “a step in the right direction of aligning teaching with the opportunities and systems of supports needed to be successful in an equity-oriented, student-centered, competency-based learning environment.”
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Susan Patrick sworn is to OVN Authority Board
Susan Patrick Appointed to
the Online Virginia Network Authority Board
Susan Patrick, President and CEO of Aurora Institute and co-founder of CompetencyWorks, has been appointed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to the Online Virginia Network Authority Board.

She will join 16 other members of the Online Virginia Network Authority to oversee the Online Virginia Network. The network was established to expand access to affordable education and credential programs that benefit Virginia’s citizens, public institutions of higher education, and employers.

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Education Domain Blog
Innovation Zones Create Space for Local Educators to Lead Education Transformation
This post continues our special series on Future-Focused State Policy Actions to Transform K-12 Education. The series highlights policy issues to modernize our education system and align current educational practice with knowledge of how students learn best. We focus on leveraging state policy opportunities to increase access and open pathways toward future-focused learning experiences that build knowledge and skills for lifelong learning.
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Featured Resource 
Webinar Recording: Introduction
to Competency-Based Education 
Competency-based education (CBE) transforms the culture, structure, and pedagogy of schools and districts to ensure that all students develop the skills they will need for success in college, career, and life. It is also called mastery-based, proficiency-based, or performance-based education. Each year, the Aurora Institute hosts a webinar to introduce CBE and answer frequently asked questions about how to get started. This year, the discussion included Susan Patrick and Eliot Levine, of Aurora Institute, along with Damarr Smith, who is project manager for Chicago Public Schools’ CBE implementation. You are invited to watch and share this archived recording and watch our  CompetencyWorks blog for helpful news, case studies, and research on CBE.

Plugged In Headlines: News About Education Transformation

Without fixing inequality the schools are always going to struggle
Lora Kelley, The New York Times 

States all over the map on remote learning rigor, detail
Sarah Schwartz, Education Week 

How the coronavirus pandemic will transform teaching
Kim Hart and Alison Snyder, Axios

The Coronavirus closed schools in a flash. But detailed planning must guide students’ return to classrooms, groups urge
Mark Keierleber, The 74 

Photo Diary: What a socially distanced school day looks like in Denmark, where students have already returned to class amid coronavirus
Meghan Gallagher, The 74

How to support English language learners during E-learning
Micah Castelo, EdTech: Focus on K-12

The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement
Dr. Megan Kuhfeld and Dr. Beth Tarasawa, EdSource

How educators are keeping students engaged remotely
Jennifer Brown, EdTech: Focus on K-12 

Analysis: For hundreds of thousands of kids at some of America’s biggest school districts, there’s still no consistent plan for remote learning nearly 2 months into the pandemic
Travis Pillow and Bree Dusseault, The 74

A few schools reopen, but remote learning could go for years in US
Anya Kamenetz, NPR

How online learning research can improve remote instruction
Stephen Noonoo, EdSurge

Distance learning as an antidote to fear: 4 key considerations that put student and family well being first
Malika Ali, The 74

Serving special needs students during COVID-19: A rural educators story
Corey Mitchell, Education Week 

Socorro ISD (TX) receives $300,000 grant to implement personalized learning program for students

Education officials see opportunity in Massachusetts’ remote learning moment
Yawu Miller, The Bay State Banner

University of California Will End Use of SAT and ACT in Admissions
Shawn Hubler, The New York Times

Aurora Institute in the News

Perspective | How personalized learning practices one school for remote learning  – via Education NC
The Aurora Institute highlighted several policy areas that are needed for planning what education looks like beyond 2020. These policy areas include: Competency-based education (CBE), credit flexibility, meaningful credentials, CBE pathways aligned to higher-education and the workforce, and balanced systems of assessments.

How school districts are outsmarting a microbe – via The New York Times
For a lot of parents, students and teachers, remote learning will be completely new, and where it’s new, it’s important to set realistic goals every day,” said Susan Patrick C.E.O. of Aurora Institute.

How to Reopen Schools: A 10-Point Plan Putting Equity at the Center – via Getting Smart
As the active ingredients for success with each reopening scenario are identified, Susan Patrick, the president and CEO of the Aurora Institute, reminds us, “equity must be baked into the recipe for effective reopening—into the culture, structures, and into the daily practices.”

Speaking of expanding education innovation – via The Hechinger Report
The Aurora Institute, a supporter of education innovation, recently released state and federal policy priorities that double down on ideas that have been popular in certain education circles for years.

Register Now to Receive Early-Bird Savings for the Aurora Institute 2020 Symposium 
Join us for the Aurora Institute 2020 Symposium October 25-28, in San Antonio, Texas, for 3.5 days of active learning and critical examination of the most pressing issues in K-12 education. Early-bird registration rates are in effect through September 9, 2020. Attendees will benefit from rigorous exploration of new learning models, dynamic investigations into how districts are managing and leading innovation, and full immersion into personalized, student-centered pedagogy. Leave enlightened and equipped to take action in your school community.
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Aurora Institute Federal and State Education Policy Priorities to Transform K-12 Education

With a goal to ensure our nation’s education system is fit for purpose; oriented for anytime, anywhere learning; and better able to prepare students for the future, we announced a broad-based education policy agenda in Future-Focused State Policy Actions to Transform K-12 Education  and Federal Policy Priorities to Accelerate Education InnovationThe policy priorities contain 15 actions for state and federal policymakers to innovate K-12 education for equity and future-readiness for all learners.

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Symposium 2020 - October 25-28, 2020 | San Antonio, TX
Our Center for Policy  leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective student-centered learning models toward the goals of high-quality learning and equity. Our policy priorities are designed to ensure the nation’s education system is fit for purpose and help move states forward from their current state of education to future systems.
CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to K-12 competency-based education. Competency Works shares original research, knowledge, and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues, and a wiki with resources curated from across the field.
The Aurora Institute hosts a resource library containing more than 200 materials. Working collaboratively with diverse experts in the field, the Aurora Institute produces reports, books, policy briefs, blog posts, webinars, and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next-generation learning models.
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The mission of Aurora Institute is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.

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