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October 16, 2019

New Blog Post: Term 4 Enabling e-Learning Calendar Of Events

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New blog post: Term 4 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events

Tessa Gray published a new blog post: Term 4 Enabling e-Learning Calendar of Events

Tēnā koutou and talofa lava. Here are the Enabling e-Learning community events scheduled for Term 4, 2019. Feel free to add these events to your own calendars and join us online.

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QM Newsletter: Uncover Best Practices For Multimedia Use In Online Classes Plus More K-12 News!

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K-12 Online & Blended Learning Newsletter

October 2019

Putting Quality Assurance Into Practice
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Some professional development helps you stay on top of changes in your field. Other experiences provide great networking opportunities. Deepening subject matter knowledge is also a reason to take a course or workshop. But as  Matthew Tyler — Instructional Designer and Technologist — discovered, at least one professional development opportunity checks all of these boxes and more. Find out how his discovery meets his needs and contributes to his professional growth.


California + QM: What You Need to Know
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K-12 course reviews are on the rise and a new initiative from the State of California will increase that demand. Currently, California requires high school students to meet A-G subject requirements — a series of high school courses that students must complete to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California and California State University. These courses are available face-to-face and online through online course providers or schools and districts who have developed their own online courses.

In 2020, The University of California will roll out a new directory of online course publishers from which schools and districts can choose online courses that students can take to fulfill A-G requirements. The University of California is also instituting an updated online course publisher policy to support quality online A-G courses. Part of the policy calls for an annual A-G course verification process. That’s where QM comes in.

If an online course publisher or district independently seeks and earns Quality Matters certification for their courses:

  • The registered online course publisher will be specially identified in UC’s public directory.
  • The online course publisher’s QM-certified courses will be exempt from UC’s annual online A-G course verification process.

Further, if a publisher does not seek QM certification and its courses are found, during the verification process, to be out of alignment with A-G course criteria, the courses will be removed from the directory. The courses will then have to be reviewed and certified by QM before they can rejoin the directory.

If you are an online course provider for California, please contact our K-12 team with any questions.

If you want to become a QM-Certified Course Reviewer to help meet the increased demand from this initiative, find out how to get started today.

Act Now!
QM Regional Conference

Call for Proposals Deadline is Nov. 11, 2019
Don’t just join the conversation about online learning — lead it! By presenting at one of our 2020 QM Regional Conferences, you have the opportunity to shape the dialog around today’s key online learning topics, including best practices, research and the student experience.

Presenting at QM allows me to hear other voices as my peers contemplate the topic I am sharing and its relationship to and impact on their teaching and learning context. It is exciting to see them make that connection.” — Don Lourcey, North Carolina Virtual Public School

Share your innovative ideas and experiences related to Reaching for Student Success at the QM West Regional Conference, April 2 & 3 at the University of California, Fullerton. The deadline for submissions is November 11, 2019. Or weigh in on Reimagining Quality Pathways at the QM East Regional Conference, April 23 & 24 at Berkeley College in New York City. The deadline for submissions is also November 11, 2019. That means you have less than a month to get your proposals in for both conferences. Don’t wait any longer. Submit today!

In Case You Missed It…
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The revised National Standards for Quality Online Courses are now available. The standards, which are the result of a broad-based effort led by QM and the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance, can be downloaded on the National Standards for Quality website.

Building on the work started by iNACOL, the updated standards now reflect today’s best practices. They also include new explanations and examples that expand the guidance provided in previous versions and create flexibility — allowing programs to apply the standards to blended, competency-based or other learning strategies employed.

The Quality Matters K-12 Rubric builds on the National Standards for Quality Online Courses, with the Rubric offering an expanded presentation of the standards and full Annotations. These added elements allow for a robust review process. Course design certification — which serves as the mark of course quality for The National Standards for Quality Online Learning — is achieved through QM Official Reviews using the QM Rubric.

You can learn more about both the National Standards for Quality Online Courses and the Quality Matters K-12 Rubric at this month’s QM Connect Conference or iNACOL Symposium.

A Free Webinar!
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QM is celebrating National Distance Learning Week with a free webinar! Join Dr. Steven Crawford, District Director for the Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation at Maricopa Community Colleges, on November 7 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern for Busting Multimedia Myths: An Evidence-Based Approach to Quality Instructional Media. During the webinar, explore different types of instructional multimedia and current research on the topic as well as how to apply these evidence-based best practices. The webinar will also touch on QM Specific Review Standards 1.8, 4.5, 6.3, 8.4, and 8.5 in the context of evaluating and creating media for use in course design. Space is limited. Register for the free webinar today.
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Please join us in congratulating the following K-12 Secondary and Publisher members for having one or more courses recently QM-Certified:

View more QM-Certified courses>>

Welcome New Members
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We are pleased to welcome new members:

Idaho Connects Online School
Colorado Digital Learning Solutions

Learn more about QM membership >>

Can’t make it to QM Connect? You can still attend virtually. Eleven sessions — plus the keynote — will be available via webcasting for FREE!

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This Community Renovated Their Schools Instead Of Tearing Them Down. The Results Are In. And They’re Spectacular.

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This Community Renovated Their Schools Instead of Tearing Them Down. The Results Are In. And They’re Spectacular.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


This Community Renovated Their Schools Instead of Tearing Them

Down. The Results Are In. And

They’re Spectacular.


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In the early 2000s, Cincinnati had public schools like those found in many urban areas of America. Educationally and financially, they were badly neglected and had been allowed to become run-down as middle-class families with resources fled to the suburbs. A once mighty system that had enrolled 90,000 students had dwindled to 28,000 by 1999.

But in 2005, school board members made a visionary choice: They decided to remodel their schools.

This was no cheap and easy fix-and-flip done on the fly: The district did the equivalent of taking the system down to its studs and rebuilding it in a manner that was research-based, comprehensive, and thoughtfully constructed over time. By the time it was over, every campus in the district had become a community school.

Community schools partner with families and local organizations to offer well-rounded educational opportunities. In Cincinnati, they offer wrapround services such as school-based health centers. They offer students and community members extended learning opportunities by keeping buildings open until 10 pm.  They treat families and communities as partners by actively engaging them in decision-making. They embrace collaborative leadership practices such as neighborhood advisory councils and partnerships with local nonprofits.

The results speak for themselves: Rather than allowing its schools to continue to crumble, Cincinnati has restored them to their former glory and beyond, increasing their value to the community rather than permitting them to descend into blight.

Enrollments are up to 34,000 without a corresponding increase in birth rates or population. The achievement gap is shrinking between black students and whites. Academics are heading in a positive direction that spans grade levels and indicators. The same community that once rejected property tax increases to support its schools recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of a levy.

How did this happen? How can this happen in other cities? To help answer these and other questions, on Tuesday, October 15th, the Partnership for the Future of Learning, a partner organization of the National Education Policy Center, is releasing a series of four free online films about the educational renovations in Cincinnati. A free webinar about the films will be held at 1 pm Eastern that day.

Interested in learning more about community schools in Cincinnati?

The films will be available here on the website for the Partnership for the Future of Learning.

A free webinar about the films will be held at 1 pm Eastern on October 15th. Click here to register.

Click here to read research from The Center for Popular Democracy, the Coalition for Community Schools, and the Southern Education Foundation about community schools in Cincinnati and other areas of the nation.

Interested in learning more about the concept of community schools?

Click here to read the Community Schools Playbook, a report published by the Partnership for the Future of Learning, in collaboration with NEPC, the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), the Public Leadership Institute, the Coalition for Community Schools, and Research for Action.

Read Community Schools, a 2019 book edited by JoAnne Ferrara and Reuben Jacobson, with a forward by NEPC Fellow Jeannie Oakes.

View this NEPC/LPI online research compendium on community schools.

This newsletter is made possible in part by support provided by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice:

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), a university research center housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, produces and disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Visit us at:

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