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January 18, 2020

News From The DLC – January 16, 2020

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 digital learning organization.

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News from the DLC
January 16, 2020

Happy New Year!
Recent Podcast

National Standards for
Quality Online Learning

by Kathryn Kennedy

The December DLC Conversations in Digital Learning podcast focuses on the National Standards for Quality Online Learning and features Chris Voelker, the K-12 Program Director at Quality Matters, and Cindy Hamblin, the Director of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance, as they talk about their organizations’ collaboration on revising the National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Online Teaching, and Online Programs, building upon the work started by the Aurora Institute, formerly known as the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

 

Recent Blog Posts

Why word of mouth on school
innovation is holding us back

by Chelsea Waite

All across the country, schools are innovating to better serve students—but from outside of schools’ four walls, it can be hard to gain visibility into where and how new approaches to student-centered teaching and learning are evolving.

 

Assessment for personalized learning: A race? An art? Insights from VirtualSC’s deep dive into strategic change

by Diana Sharp

VirtualSC, South Carolina’s state-sponsored virtual school, already provides South Carolina with important levers for its statewide personalized learning initiative.

 

Three things Sal Khan says he
learned in the last decade

by John Watson

These concepts are indeed enduring. In fact, among my new year’s resolutions is to answer the query “What’s new in digital learning?” with the response “What’s new is less important than what’s not new.”

 

#DLAC2020 Call for
Session Moderators

We are looking for moderators to help keep sessions on track. If you’re interested in serving as one, please email Allison Powell at DLAC@evergreenedgroup.com.
Please join us for the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin on February 24-26, 2020, to share your ideas and experiences, learn from others on similar journeys, take back actionable changes to improve your work, and consider longer-term strategies!We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the Digital Learning Annual Conference!
About the Digital Learning Collaborative

Online, blended, and digital learning in elementary and secondary schools are on the rise. Yet despite the growth, emerging practices, and examples of success…countless basic questions remain about policy and practice. The Digital Learning Collaborative exists to fill the information gap. Whether you are an educator, school board member, reporter, researcher, policymaker, or concerned citizen, the DLC can help you better understand the K-12 digital learning field and apply that knowledge to your work.

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Durango, Colorado 81301

December 20, 2019

News From The DLC – December 19, 2019

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 digital learning organization.

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News from the DLC
December 19, 2019

Recent Podcast

Access and Equity in K-12 Digital Learning

by Kathryn Kennedy

In this podcast, Dr. Nicol Howard of University of Redlands and Shomari Jones of Bellevue School District discuss access and equity in digital learning.

Recent Blog Posts

5 ways to align blended learning with culturally responsive teaching practices

by Kenzie Chin

In a recent Blended Learning Universe (BLU) interview with Kathryn Procope, she discussed how blended learning and culturally responsive teaching practices can support one another. Using insights from schools in the BLU Directory, we created a five-step guide for how to use culturally responsive practices when implementing blended learning in school…

Does blended work? – The 4Ps of evaluating your blended program’s effectiveness

by Kim LoomisWhen seeking an answer to “How do we know blended learning is working,” consider breaking the measures of evaluating blended learning effectiveness into four different data sources, which I like to call the 4Ps…

The research community in the K-12 digital, online, and blended field is collaborative and works together to figure out what’s working and not working in today’s learning landscape. This community understands the power of joining together to reflect and discuss in order to move the field forward in informed ways.

Every year at the Digital Learning Annual Conference, the research community comes together to meet and discuss current challenges and opportunities. Open to non-researchers and researchers, we welcome anyone interested in joining the conversation!

For #DLAC2020, the Research Community Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 23, from 1pm to 6pm. There will also be a social to follow. For a detailed agenda and more information, please visit the DLAC website.

The room where the Research Community Meeting will be held only seats 100, so please RSVP soon to hold your spot.

Please join us for the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin on February 24-26, 2020, to share your ideas and experiences, learn from others on similar journeys, take back actionable changes to improve your work, and consider longer-term strategies!We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the Digital Learning Annual Conference!
About the Digital Learning Collaborative

Online, blended, and digital learning in elementary and secondary schools are on the rise. Yet despite the growth, emerging practices, and examples of success…countless basic questions remain about policy and practice. The Digital Learning Collaborative exists to fill the information gap. Whether you are an educator, school board member, reporter, researcher, policymaker, or concerned citizen, the DLC can help you better understand the K-12 digital learning field and apply that knowledge to your work.

Follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our Newsletter on our website – both linked below!
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Our Mailing Address:
Evergreen Education Group
700 Main Ave Suite E
Durango, Colorado 81301

December 8, 2019

News From The DLC – December 5, 2019

A newsletter from earlier in the week from a K-12 online and blended learning organization (note that there was a lot of traffic this week).

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News from the DLC
December 5, 2019

We are excited to share that we published our eLearning Days report this week, which reviews emerging policy and practice to help policymakers and educators considering or implementing eLearning days.

 

Recent Podcast

Accountability in K-12 Supplemental Online Learning Programs

by Kathryn Kennedy

Dr. Joseph Freidhoff of Michigan Virtual, Dawn Nordine of Wisconsin Virtual School, and Kate Loughrey of Texas Education Agency share their expertise and experiences with accountability in K-12 supplemental online learning programs.

 

Recent Blog Post

2019: Is mainstream the goal for students?

by Erik Hansen

The idea of ‘mainstream’ is a very interesting concept to wrap one’s mind around.

 

We are continually adding speakers as they confirm their session times. In the next month, we will have a more detailed agenda to review that will show ALL sessions offered at DLAC2020 and the dates and times those sessions will be held.

If you submitted a presentation proposal and haven’t seen our status email, please check your junk folder or email us at dlac@evergreenedgroup.com.

Interested in guest
blogging for the DLC?
We’re always looking for contributors, so if you’re interested in being a guest blogger for the DLC blog, don’t hesitate to reach out to kathryn@evergreenedgroup.com.
Please join us for the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin on February 24-26, 2020, to share your ideas and experiences, learn from others on similar journeys, take back actionable changes to improve your work, and consider longer-term strategies!We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the Digital Learning Annual Conference!
About the Digital Learning Collaborative

Online, blended, and digital learning in elementary and secondary schools are on the rise. Yet despite the growth, emerging practices, and examples of success…countless basic questions remain about policy and practice. The Digital Learning Collaborative exists to fill the information gap. Whether you are an educator, school board member, reporter, researcher, policymaker, or concerned citizen, the DLC can help you better understand the K-12 digital learning field and apply that knowledge to your work.

Follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our Newsletter on our website – both linked below!
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Website
Copyright © Evergreen Education Group, All rights reserved.

Our Mailing Address:
Evergreen Education Group
700 Main Ave Suite E
Durango, Colorado 81301

November 23, 2019

News From The DLC – November 21, 2019

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online and blended learning organization.

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News from the DLC
November 21, 2019

Recent Blog Posts

The equity answer:
Great teachers and technology

by Heather Hiebsch

Technology plays an important role in many critical global issues – climate change, gender equity, health and disease, poverty.

Making music in an online environment

by Jay Hicks and David Hoge

The study of a musical instrument can be an important, if not essential, part of a student’s education.

We are thrilled to announce that the program is coming together, and we’ve posted the first set of speakers and presentations.
We have added an additional room block at the Embassy Suites Downtown Hotel. The Embassy Suites is right across the street and a quick 3 minute walk to get to the Hyatt Regency where all sessions will be held.

Please click here to be taken to the reservation page to book a room at a rate of $234 per night. The room block price is available from February 22nd-February 28th.

Interested in guest
blogging for the DLC?
We’re always looking for contributors, so if you’re interested in being a guest blogger for the DLC blog, don’t hesitate to reach out to kathryn@evergreenedgroup.com.
Please join us for the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin on February 24-26, 2020, to share your ideas and experiences, learn from others on similar journeys, take back actionable changes to improve your work, and consider longer-term strategies!

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the Digital Learning Annual Conference!
About the Digital Learning Collaborative

Online, blended, and digital learning in elementary and secondary schools are on the rise. Yet despite the growth, emerging practices, and examples of success…countless basic questions remain about policy and practice. The Digital Learning Collaborative exists to fill the information gap. Whether you are an educator, school board member, reporter, researcher, policymaker, or concerned citizen, the DLC can help you better understand the K-12 digital learning field and apply that knowledge to your work.

Follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our Newsletter on our website – both linked below!
Twitter
Website
Copyright © Evergreen Education Group, All rights reserved.

Our Mailing Address:
Evergreen Education Group
700 Main Ave Suite E
Durango, Colorado 81301

November 9, 2019

News From The DLC – November 7, 2019

Another newsletter from late last week.

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News from the DLC
November 7, 2019

Recent Blog Posts

New DLC course choice report released

by John Watson

The Digital Learning Collaborative has released our latest report: Course Choice: A Review of Policy and Practice that reviews state policies, practices, and enrollment data.

 

The K-12 Digital Learning Landscape – IMS Global webinar recording

by Karen Daughtery, Jay Heap, and John Watson

As the 2019-20 school year gets underway, what’s the latest in digital learning policy and practice?

#DLAC2020
 
If you submitted a proposal to present for #DLAC2020, the programming committee will be sending out notifications about proposal status by November 16. Stay tuned!
Interested in guest
blogging for the DLC?
We’re always looking for contributors, so if you’re interested in being a guest blogger for the DLC blog, don’t hesitate to reach out to kathryn@evergreenedgroup.com.
Please join us for the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin on February 24-26, 2020, to share your ideas and experiences, learn from others on similar journeys, take back actionable changes to improve your work, and consider longer-term strategies!

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the Digital Learning Annual Conference!
About the Digital Learning Collaborative

Online, blended, and digital learning in elementary and secondary schools are on the rise. Yet despite the growth, emerging practices, and examples of success…countless basic questions remain about policy and practice. The Digital Learning Collaborative exists to fill the information gap. Whether you are an educator, school board member, reporter, researcher, policymaker, or concerned citizen, the DLC can help you better understand the K-12 digital learning field and apply that knowledge to your work.

Follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our Newsletter on our website – both linked below!
Twitter
Website
Copyright © Evergreen Education Group, All rights reserved.

Our Mailing Address:
Evergreen Education Group
700 Main Ave Suite E
Durango, Colorado 81301

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