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September 23, 2017

iNACOL Webinar | 10/11: What Personalized Learning Looks Like Across the U.S.

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

What Personalized Learning Looks Like Across the U.S.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a Leadership webinar to explore how schools and districts are implementing personalized learning across the United States.

In the Fifty States Project, EdSurge compiled stories from schools and districts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, that are shifting toward student-centered models of education. Join this webinar to learn how various schools have implemented personalized learning, and gain insights into ways to get started with personalized learning in your school or district. Attendees will explore the following questions:

  • What are the trends in personalized learning across the country?
  • What shifts in curriculum, instruction and design are districts and schools making?
  • How can education leaders better prepare teachers for teaching in new, personalized learning environments?
  • What are the biggest barriers to implementing personalized learning, and what promising practices are emerging?

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Personalized learning environments deepen student learning by tailoring instruction to each student’s individual needs, skills and interests. Education leaders across the country are shifting toward highly personalized designs that prepare each student for success in college, career and life.”

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

Webinar Title: What Personalized Learning Looks Like Across the U.S.

Presenters:

  • Tony Wan, Managing Editor, EdSurge
  • Meg Hamel, Director of Research, EdSurge

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The iNACOL Symposium, held on October 23-25 in Orlando, will convene 3,000 experts and leaders advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. Register here.

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 school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedInand follow us on twitter.

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September 22, 2017

Student Plenary Panel to Keynote on October 25, 2017

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is pleased to announce the Student Plenary Panel will keynote the iNACOL Symposium on Wednesday, October 25.
Attend the iNACOL Symposium to engage in this inspirational conversation with students on reinventing education, facilitated by Ulcca Joshi Hansen, Associate Director of National Outreach and Community Building for Education Reimagined.

What do students think about transforming K-12 education toward powerful, personalized learning?

How have next generation learning designs fostered their development and provided them with opportunities, leading to deeper learning and increased engagement?

This keynote will be a panel discussion with five inspiring learners from across the country who have experienced both traditional and learner-centered education models to hear their insights into creating environments that unleash their full potential.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for these esteemed speakers, nearly 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. On October 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of powerful, personalized learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including 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 hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

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 school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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September 21, 2017

Rose Colby, Paul Leather, Yvonne Armenta Keynoting iNACOL Symposium on October 25, 2017

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida

Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce that Rose Colby, Paul Leather and Yvonne Armenta will keynote the iNACOL Symposium on Wednesday, October 25.

             Rose Colby                                Yvonne Armenta

In this TED-talk style keynote, two experts leading the transformation to competency education will provide deep insights from their journeys — recognizing the “long-game” needs for change for education systems over two decades — as well as a student perspective on how a student-centered, competency-based approach provided her with personalized pathways to grow, exhibit her student work based on mastery, and what it has meant for realizing success.

Rose Colby, a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment Specialist, will share her work across multiple states, districts and schools to explore the central design elements of competency education systems to meet the needs of all students.

As Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Education in New Hampshire, Paul Leather’s work has led the nation through a student-centered vision for systems to support local leaders in reimagining the future of education and understanding how New Hampshire is building capacity for professional educators to implement these transformations to personalized learning.

Yvonne Armenta, a former student of Metropolitan Arts & Technology High School, will share her student perspective on how performance assessments in personalized, competency-based systems led to deeper learning and preparedness for college, career and life.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for these esteemed speakers, nearly 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality. 

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

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About the iNACOL SymposiumThe iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. On October 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of powerful, personalized learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including 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 hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

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 school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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September 20, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 09.20.17

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 09.20.17

Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is proud to announce its lineup of keynote speakers at the iNACOL Symposium on October 23-25 in Orlando. View the keynote plenary sessionshere. This year’s theme is Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality.

If you haven’t yet registered to attend #inacol17register here today. Here are helpful links to learn more:

Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education
The traditional, time-based K-12 education system is ill-equipped to prepare all students for success. Even with high school graduation rates at an all-time high (82%), graduates are entering college with 37% needing remediation, and only…

Recommendations for State Policymakers to Build Competency-Based Systems
Fully-developed, student-centered systems require significant shifts in policy and practice. They require the right balance of policies that create space for innovation and those that ensure equity with adequate supports and quality…

Leadership in Student-Centered, Equitable Learning Environments
Across the world, educators are transforming their schools to create more student-centered, equitable learning environments. Effective leadership is critical to the success and sustainability of this transformation. To better understand how…

What Needs to Happen so that Schools Can Meet Students Where They Are?

At the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, one of the key emerging issues explored was meeting students where they are.CompetencyWorks released a paper titled Meeting Students Where They
Upcoming iNACOL Events
September Teacher Talk Webinar | How Teachers Can Create Authentic, Real-World, Personalized Learning Opportunities for Students
September 21, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

October Leadership Webinar | What Personalized Learning Looks Like Across the U.S.
October 11, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Theme: Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality

Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

The How to Your Why
Bill Zima, CompetencyWorks

New Hampshire’s Testing Pilot, PACE, Gaining Ground
Lola Duffort, Concord Monitor

Las Vegas High School Testing New Learning ‘Xperience’
Meghin Delaney, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Teacher Voice: Six Ways to Build a High-School Internship Program that Changes Low-Income Students’ Lives
Kelli Hillestad, The Hechinger Report

Do I Have a Voice? Student Ownership Drives Engagement Among Urban Youth
Jennifer Fredricks, Students at the Center Hub

The Intersection of Immigration and Readiness
Rolando Fernando, KnowledgeWorks

The Evolving Philadelphia High School
Melanie Bavaria, The Notebook

iNACOL in the News

15 Dimensions of Personalized Learning
Tom Vander Ark, Education Week
As the dominant meme of U.S. education, personalized learning is frequently discussed and debated. We’ve each developed a mental model of what it is aspirationally and how that’s different from what we used to do. While there is…

Four Can’t-Miss Education Conferences for EdTech Leaders
Matthew Lynch, Education Week
The field of education has a plethora of conferences and assemblies where educators and industry leaders gather to learn about emerging developments, instructional trends and market disruptors. If you are interested in attending a…

Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)
Marisa Kaplan, EdSurge
“Personalized learning” is a term that people take quite personally — and that leads to a variety of interpretations about what it means. That’s a problem, says John Reyes, director of educational technology for the Archdiocese of Los…

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September 16, 2017

Caroline Hill, Jordan Tinney, And Harvey Chism Keynoting iNACOL Symposium On October 24, 2017

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida

Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce that Caroline Hill, Jordan Tinney, and Harvey Chism will keynote the iNACOL Symposium on Tuesday, October 24.

              Caroline Hill                                 

In this TED-talk style keynote, three renowned practitioners will give short, powerful talks to share their unique perspectives on equity, access and quality. Each will share their journey of school transformation efforts to personalized, breakthrough system models that advance success for all youth.

Caroline Hill, Chief of School Creation and Transformation for CityBridge Education, will share her experiences in advancing education innovations for equity and building capacity for designing personalized, breakthrough models.

As Superintendent and CEO in Surrey Schools (British Columbia), Jordan Tinney will speak on how he has approached leading change, building capacity, and developing a culture of learning through his “Learning by Design” framework.

Harvey Chism, Co-Founder and Executive Director of South Bronx Community Charter High School, will share his insights in advancing student-centered, competency-based education innovations.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for these esteemed speakers, nearly 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities on October 23-25, 2017 Orlando. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality. 

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About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. On October 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of powerful, personalized learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including 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 hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

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 school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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