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February 6, 2016

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 2/10 – Micro-Credentials: Personalizing Professional Development for Educators

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LEADERSHIP WEBINARMicro-Credentials: Personalizing Professional Development for Educators

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET  (register)On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Leadership Webinar on personalizing educator professional development through micro-credentialing.

Educators learn new skills and competencies throughout their careers in both formal and informal contexts. Today, more than ever, educators are looking to personalize their professional learning to ensure it meets their needs and the needs of their students. Micro-credentials offer an opportunity for educators to demonstrate and receive recognition for that learning, no matter where it happens.

In this webinar, Jennifer Kabaker of Digital Promise and Brent Maddin of Relay Graduate School of Education will share Digital Promise’s theory of change for micro-credentials and how one issuer, Relay Graduate School of Education, has developed micro-credentials to empower educators to drive their own professional learning. Join this webinar to glean best practices and lessons learned and understand the challenges and opportunities associated with developing high-quality micro-credential content for personalized professional development.

Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, said, “Creating new ways for teachers and leaders to experience personalized professional development can model how new learning models drive education transformation, thus empowering teachers to personalize learning in innovative and meaningful ways in their own classrooms. Micro-credentialing gives teachers the opportunity to gain recognition for knowledge they master throughout their careers-while equipping them with the skills to optimize learning every day for each student.”

This webinar is free to attend-participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: Micro-Credentials: Personalizing Professional Development for Educators


About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. 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 competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter .

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School Climate | Early Childhood | Mathematics and the New Standards | Achievement Gap

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R&D ALERT ONLINEHow Campus Climate Can Help Schools Beat the Odds

This month, we circle back to one of the most popular R&D Alert Online articles from the past year. Read the article to learn how Sierra Vista Middle School focused on dramatically improving its school climate and, in the process, transformed itself into a school that beat the odds by performing better than expected on standardized tests.

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Arizona's Invisible Achievement Gap: Education Outcomes of Students in Foster Care in the State’s Public Schools

NEW RESEARCH STUDYArizona’s Invisible Achievement Gap: Education Outcomes of Students in Foster Care in the State’s Public Schools

This recently published research report breaks new ground in Arizona, creating the state’s first-ever education snapshot of all K–12 students in foster care. Download the report.

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WestEd is dedicated to helping children get a healthy and successful start in life, particularly those living in poverty, with disabilities or other special needs, and dual language learners.

Visit our Early Childhood Development & Learning page to learn about our services, research, and resources.

Understanding Proficiency: Learning from Student Work on Performance Tasks

NEW PROJECT WEBSITEUnderstanding Proficiency: Learning from Student Work on Performance Tasks

Deepen your understanding of the new standards. Visit the newly launched Understanding Proficiency website to access real student work from Smarter Balanced performance tasks; scores and annotations by practicing educators; and tools and videos to support professional learning.

WestEd Celebrates 50 Years

WestEd Celebrating 50 Years:
Advancing Excellence in Research, Development, & Service

Throughout the past five decades, WestEd has been tackling real-world challenges, often in partnership with others, to make a positive impact in the lives of children and adults. Our work is far from over as we continue to identify and develop ways to ensure all learners — especially the underserved — succeed in school and career. Learn more.

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Making Sense of SCIENCE — Genes & Traits Formative Assessment Task Bank 10% Discount

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Augment your existing science curriculum with tasks that promote students’ reasoning, gives them a chance to explain their thinking, and asks students to communicate in several modes (e.g., words, drawings). Order this eBook.

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The California Comprehensive Center at WestEd works to increase the California Department of Education’s capacity to set and support expectations for high-quality schooling, identify and share research-based and promising practices, and support high-quality local implementation of improvement strategies.

Visit the California Comprehensive Center website to learn more.

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Last Call for February Online Classes at UW-Stout

From yesterday’s inbox…

Become an online teacher University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning Graduate Certificate
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Hello Michael,

In the past you inquired about or participated in our E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

I’m reaching out to see if you would like to register for a course that begins in February.  This is our LAST CALL for the spring semester.  Register now.

If you have already registered for the Spring 2016 semester…

Please share this email with any colleagues who might be interested in taking one of our E-Learning and Online Teaching Courses.

If you would like to enroll in a spring E-Learning Certificate course…

Our new 10 Month Fast Track Option means spring courses are filling earlier than ever and may be full by the end of January. It’s important to act soon. That’s why this email is urgent.  We want you to have a chance at the remaining spots in each course.

How to Apply
Just reply to this email, and let me know that you wish to register. I’ll do my best to get you the course you want.

Or Take Direct Action and Register Online (No registration fee)


There is no tuition increase for 2016. Tuition remains at $415 per graduate credit hour ($1245 per course).

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EDUC 760 E-learning for the Online or Blended Classroom
February 29 – April 22, 2016

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning
February 29 – April 22, 2016

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning
February 29 – April 22, 2016

How to Apply

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Frequently Asked Questions

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I’m looking forward to hearing from you tonight or tomorrow.

Have a wonderful week!


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Class Is In Session @ MOOC-Ed – Register For Ongoing Courses Today And Enter To Win A $100 Amazon Gift Card

From Thursday’s inbox…

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Thousands of educators have already signed up for our Spring 2016 MOOC-Ed courses – it’s not too late for you to join them!


Option #1: Register for any Spring 2016 MOOC-Ed course!

That’s it. Just find the course – or courses (listed below) – right for you, register, and you’ll be automatically entered to win!

Option #2: Tell your friends!

Once you’ve registered, click here to create a unique URL to share with your friends and colleagues to help us spread the word! The more people who register for any MOOC-Ed course using your unique URL, the more chances you’ll have to win!

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Help your students think like scientists, mathematicians, writers, AND historians

With Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning, strengthen your understanding of what it takes to engage students in deeper learning through disciplinary literacy practices. This course focuses on literacy across the four major disciplines: math, science, English/language arts, and history/social studies. This course endsMarch 13.

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Understand how your students think about fractions (Includes NEW micro-credentials!)

Fraction Foundations will help you teach fractions concepts and skills more effectively through understanding student thinking and using research-based approaches in your classroom. (Not sure what micro-credentials are? Click here to learn more.) This course ends March 27.

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Make real data come to life in your classroom

In the Teaching Statistics through Data Investigations course, you will use an investigation cycle to teach statistics and help students explore data to make evidence-based claims. This course ends March 27.

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Get your school on board with digital learning through coaching
February 15, 2016 – March 27, 2016

Enroll in the Coaching Digital Learning course to enhance your digital learning content knowledge and further develop coaching strategies to cultivate a digital learning culture.

Learn more and register »


Important information if you’re seeking credit for your MOOC-Ed participation:

  • All participants who complete MOOC-Eds are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion of professional development from NC State University
  • Participating North Carolina educators are eligible to receive a Certificate of Renewal Credit
  • Educators around the world have applied their MOOC-Ed experience toward CEU requirements in a variety of content areas!*

*Subject to the approval of your local crediting agency.

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to get an idea of what we learn about how you learn.

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[CNIE-L] Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Members Save On Training From The Conference Board of Canada!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education members save on Training from the Conference Board of Canada!

Contacts of CNIE save off of the registration fee for these upcoming webinars from the Conference Board! There are also even lower student rates available. These special rates will not be available through our website, so if you would like to take advantage, please contact Joel Elliott at the information below!

Life Outside the Academy: Career Prospects and Outcomes for Canadian PhD Graduates
February 11, 2016
Full Rate:             $199
Special Rate:      $99
Student Rate:    $25

Brain Gain 2016: Optimizing Canada’s Learning Recognition System
February 19, 2016
Full Rate:             $199
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Connecting the Dots: Aligning Canada’s Skill Development System to Labour Market Needs
March 17, 2016
Full Rate:             $199
Special Rate:      $99
Student Rate:    $25

Re-engaging High School Drop-outs: New Pathways to Post-Secondary Education
March 29, 2016
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Save with your special rate!

As a contact of CNIE, you’ll save on any of these webinars! Remember though, these special rates will not be available through the Conference Board website, so to take advantage of the special rate or the student rate, please contact Joel Elliott at Don’t forget to quote your special campaign code EXCNIE1!


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