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August 29, 2015

The Scoop on ExcelinEd’s 2015 National Summit

And from the neo-liberals – their annual lovefest – to finish our week in North America…

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The Scoop on ExcelinEd’s 2015 National Summit

Eighth Annual Event Offers Something for the EdReformer in Everyone

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This fall, policymakers, state leaders, advocates and educators from across the nation will converge in Denver, Colorado, for the 2015 National Summit on Education Reform. This year’s National Summit will feature speakers and discussions to challenge and inform today’s education leaders.

Keynote and general sessions include a lineup of nationally and internationally recognized leaders, including Dr. Condoleezza Rice, 66th U.S. Secretary of State and board chair of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), as well as parents of children whose lives have been changed thanks to reform policies.

Strategy sessions are a major part of every National Summit, and this year attendees will have a dozen options to choose from. These breakout sessions will include panels of leaders and subject matter experts covering the latest topics and innovations in education, with a focus on how to give students a high-quality education to prepare them for college or a career.

This year’s topics will include education savings accounts, course access and college and career readiness, teacher protection, student proficiency and more. Attendees will learn about best practices for implementation, the latest research results and lessons learned from their peers across the country. A special networking session has been added this year to give attendees additional opportunity to connect.

Last year, more than 900 education leaders from five countries and 46 states attended the National Summit. This event annually convenes the best and brightest from across America and around the world, and the strategies they develop and share during this event are improving the quality of education for all children.

Registration is now open, and space is limited so reserve your spot today! The eighth annual National Summit will be held on October 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. For event details and to register visit

ExcelinEd will release details on our exciting agenda in the coming weeks. Follow @ExcelinEd on Twitter for the latest news and updates, and use #EIE15 to join the National Summit conversation.


Keynote addresses and strategy sessions will be open to the media. Members of the press interested in covering the two-day event must request credentials in advance of the summit. Media registration will open online on Thursday, October 8, 2015. 


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The Foundation for Excellence in Education thanks the following organizations for their support of the 2015 National Summit on Education Reform: AchieverDoris & Donald Fisher Fund, The Kern Family Foundation, The Susan & Bill Oberndorf Foundation; ReformerCollege Board, Edgenuity, Intel, K12, McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson, Target; ScholarAmplify, Charter Schools USA, GSV, Morgridge Family Foundation, Northwest Evaluation Association, Renaissance Learning and State Farm.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education is transforming education for the 21st century economy by working with lawmakers, policymakers, educators and parents to advance education reform across America. ExcelinEd is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 2014, ExcelinEd received more than 85 percent of its operating revenue from private family foundations. Learn more at

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iNACOL Symposium Announces Craig Kielburger Keynote on November 9, 2015

From the neo-liberals in Thursday’s inbox…

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2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

Dear Michael,

iNACOL is pleased to announce the Monday, November 9th opening keynote presentation for the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will be Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of Free The Children, Me to We and We Day, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author.

As co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we,’ Craig will share insights from his journey of providing holistic and sustainable education, clean water, health care, food security and alternative income programs in eight developing countries. In 1995 at 12 years of age, Craig co-founded Free The Children. He has since built one of the largest social media followings in the world with 3.6 million followers, mobilizing thousands of youth to reach out and help others. He will share his story of empowering others, reminding us that it only takes one person to make a powerful difference in the world today.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for this esteemed keynote, more than 200 thought-provoking sessions, and unparalleled networking opportunities onNovember 8-11, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is Connecting Powerful Innovators.

iNACOL is experiencing record-breaking registration for attendees. Register now.


About the iNACOL Symposium

On November 8-11, the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of next generation learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world. iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning and gathers leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field. Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The symposium includes more than 200 engaging interactive sessions, with tracks for K-12 online learning, K-12 blended learning, competency-based pathways, policy, research, quality assurance and much more. Learn more at



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The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. To learn more, please visit

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[CNIE-L] Étude sur l’avenir du livre numérique (Appel de contributions)

Another item from my Francophone readers…

* Appel de contributions *

Étude sur l’avenir du livre numérique et des ressources documentaires en ligne en formation à distance dans la francophonie canadienne

En collaboration avec le Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF;, le Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD; entreprend la rédaction d’un guide intitulée Étude sur l’avenir du livre numérique et des ressources documentaires en ligne en formation à distance dans la francophonie canadienne. À paraître au printemps 2016, ce guide proposera à la fois un état des lieux sur ces nouvelles façons d’accéder au savoir et un outil pour s’approprier ces ressources et les utiliser avec efficacité.

Vous pouvez nous aider à comprendre le quoi, le comment et le pourquoi des ressources numériques.

Vous avez :
– Des pratiques à partager relatives à l’utilisation pédagogique de livres et autres ressources documentaires numériques?
– Des expériences pour la création de livres numériques à caractère didactique?
– Des études ou des ouvrages de référence que vous considérez comme des incontournables? Des guides, vidéos ou autres ressources sur le sujet du livre numérique en contexte d’éducation et de formation à distance?

Nous aimerions les intégrer dans le guide qui servira à l’ensemble de la francophonie canadienne. Faites-en directement part à notre agente, Mme Sharon Hackett (, 514-876-1180 ou 1-866-972-1180, poste 1205, avant le 30 octobre 2015.

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Merci à l’avance pour votre contribution !

(Ce projet est possible grâce à un financement du Ministère du Patrimoine canadien)

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[CNIE-L] Ateliers du REFAD 2015-2016 (Appel de candidatures)

From Thursday’s inbox…



Sessions automne-hiver 2015-2016

Le Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD; organise pour les sessions automne-hiver 2015-2016 des ateliers de perfectionnement en éducation à distance. Ces ateliers seront destinés aux enseignants (secondaire et postsecondaire), aux administrateurs et aux personnes ressources (tuteurs, techniciens, bibliothécaires, etc.). La formule à distance a été retenue afin de privilégier l’utilisation de la technologie en place chez les utilisateurs.

Le REFAD est donc à la recherche d’animateurs(trices) potentiel(le)s pour ces ateliers qui seront offerts sur un nombre limité de sites. Nous désirons offrir neuf ateliers d’une heure et demie qui seront répartis entre octobre 2015 et mars 2016.

Ces ateliers seront offerts en audioconférences assistées par Internet, et le REFAD demeure ouvert à tout thème qui risque d’intéresser particulièrement les différents intervenants touchant la formation à distance d’un bout à l’autre du pays.

Nous invitons tous ceux qui sont intéressés à présenter un atelier à nous faire parvenir, avant le 11 septembre 2015, une courte description de cet atelier contenant le thème soumis, la clientèle visée, ainsi que les coordonnées de l’animateur(trice) potentiel(le). Nous aimerions également recevoir, si elle est disponible, la documentation qui serait expédiée aux participants de cet atelier.

Un comité de sélection choisira neuf des propositions reçues.

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NERA Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation Systems Now Open!

From yesterday’s inbox…

Dear Current and Future NERA Members,

We are excited to announce that NERA’s 2015 Annual Conference registration and hotel reservation systems are open. We have a great conference planned this year with professional development workshops, working time for special interest groups, and mentoring. We are looking forward to our keynote and invited speakers, Ronald Ferguson, Nancy Streim, Joanna Gorin, and Preston Green. We are also looking forward to a featured interview with Ronald K. Hambleton, report writing with Skip Livingston, Stephen G. Sireci, and Dena Pastor, and learning about effective job-seeking skills with the GSIC’s invited panel.

Whether or not you plan on presenting, we hope you can join us for this year’s conference on October 21-23in Trumbull, CT. The information below explains the conference registration and hotel reservation processes:

Becoming a NERA Member and Registering for the 2015 Conference

All attendees of the 2015 NERA Conference must also be NERA Members, so you must either renew your membership or join NERA before you can register for the conference. To pay your membership dues and register for the conference, please go to the NERA website If you need to renew your membership, you should have received your invoice via email.

Membership Dues (October 15, 2015 – October 14, 2016)

  • Professional members – $40.00
  • Full-time Student members – $15.00
  • Retired members – $15.00

Once you have renewed your membership or become a new member, you can register for the event. Instructions for registration are as follows:

  • Once you begin the online registration process, we request that you pay special attention to the section titled “Event Information”.
    • If you are not planning to stay at the hotel, please check the box “estimated meal count (if not staying at the hotel).” We need to get an estimate of how many meals you will have at the hotel, so when you check this box, you will see a list of all possible options. You will not need to pay at this time for your meals, we just need an estimate. If you are staying at the hotel for the conference, you can ignore this part.
    • If you want to sign up for any pre-conference or in-conference workshops, you must indicate that during the registration process. Click “pre-conference and in-conference workshops” and the “more information” link. A list of all workshops will show up. Click “more information” to read a summary of any of these. Check the box by the workshop(s) you want to attend. This will be your way of signing up. There is limited capacity for the workshops and they are first come, first serve so sign up early to hold your place.
    • Click the “paperless program” box if you wish to forgo the paper program and simply use the online program.
    • Click the “new member” box if you are a new member. If someone referred you, please indicate who in the open box that will pop up.
  • Please use PayPal to pay your membership.

Please note that to receive the regular registration rate, you must register for the conference byOctober 1st! After this date, a late fee will be added to the regular rates. As a reminder, the following are the registration fees for this year: 2015 Conference Registration Fees – On or
Before October 1st (after October 1st):

  • Professional member – $85.00 ($100.00)
  • Full-time Student – $30.00 ($40.00)
  • Retired member – $20.00 ($20.00)


Reserving Your Room and Meals at the Trumbull Marriott

 NERA has negotiated affordable room rates for conference attendees. To receive these special conference rates, please call (203) 380-6323 between 8:30am – 5:00pm (EDT) MondayFriday. If you are calling off-hours, please leave your name and phone number and a hotel contact person will call you back. Note that all hotel reservations must be made by calling the number above. You cannot get the room rates through the internet. All reservations must be made by Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Please mention that you are attending the NERA Conference when you call the hotel.

As with previous years, each night’s stay at the hotel on Wednesday, October 21st or Thursday, October 22nd during the conference includes three full meals. Specifically, each NERA hotel guest receives dinner on the night of their stay and breakfast and lunch on the following day. That means if you reserve a hotel room for Wednesday and Thursday nights, all of your meals will be covered from Wednesday dinner to Fridaylunch.

  • All guest room rates are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, currently 15%.
  • NERA attendees can stay at the hotel the night before the conference for a reduced rate as well, though this night will not include meals.

Pre-conference stay (Tues. Oct 20th)

Single Double Triple Quad
Tue. Oct. 20, 2015 $137.00 $137.00 $137.00 $137.00

Conference stays (Wed. Oct. 21st and Thurs. Oct. 22nd);
Occupancy rate is based on number of guests per room and per person (PP) price includes the meals as indicated under the rates.  

Single Double Triple Quad
Oct. 21, 2015
$249.00 $361.00
($180.50 PP)
$473.00 ($157.67 PP) $585.00 ($146.25 PP)
Oct. 22, 2015
$249.00 $361.00
($180.50 PP)
$473.00 ($157.67 PP) $585.00 ($146.25 PP)

For doubles, triples and quads:
Only one person should call and make room reservations and provide all of the roommates’ names and their phone numbers under the same reservation. The hotel will call the other roommates to obtain their individual credit card information, so that the hotel will be able to charge the correct amount and furnish individual bills. Upon arrival, each guest must register at the Front Desk to access his/her room and a credit card will need to be swiped or a credit card authorization form must be completed and on file prior to arrival if the individual is not traveling with the credit card.

Graduate student “Quad room”
NERA continues to be an affordable choice for students. The Marriott is offering a special Graduate Student quad rate of $585.00 per night, which includes meals and accommodations for four students per night, and comes to $146.25 per student per night. This special rate is available for students ONLY. Graduate students are responsible for finding their roommates. One student will have to use a credit card to reserve the room for the quad. Each student must also register for the conference individually. (Conference registration requires a separate online form available through the NERA website, as described previously.)

If you have any further questions, please contact us at

Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing everyone at NERA in October.

Thank you,
Your NERA Conference Team,
Amanda Clauser, National Board of Medical Examiners
Kimberly Colvin, University at Albany, SUNY
Katrina Roohr, Educational Testing Service
NERA 2015 Conference Co-chairs



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