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November 17, 2017

iNACOL Webinar | 12/6: Empowering Leaders and Teachers to Scale Personalized Learning

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

Empowering Leaders and Teachers to Scale Personalized Learning

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting aLeadership webinar to explore how education leaders can scale personalized learning models in K-12 education through professional learning.

Schools and districts across the country are transitioning toward personalized learning models to provide tailored learning opportunities designed for each student to succeed. Join this webinar to learn how education leaders in Kettle Moraine School District (Wisconsin) are scaling personalized learning by empowering leaders and teachers.

Learn ways to re-energize your professional learning community, school leadership or grade-level team meetings to focus on action steps toward personalized learning — providing each student with powerful learning opportunities to prepare them for success in college, career and life. Understand ways to maintain focus on innovation, continuous improvement, and progress. Help your teams develop a growth mindset, and learn how you can build sustainable capacity through professional development and professional learning communities.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Building capacity for leaders and teachers to thrive in personalized learning environments is an essential component of sustaining the transition to personalized learning and meeting the needs of all students.”

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

Webinar Title: Empowering Leaders and Teachers to Scale Personalized Learning

Presenters:

  • Laura Dahm, Director, Kettle Moraine Explore
  • Sue Sterner, Principal, Magee Elementary School, Kettle Moraine School District

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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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November 15, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 11.15.17

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
iNACOL PLUGGED IN 11.15.17

Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL released a new issue brief, Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning, which explores opportunities for states under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to rethink systems of assessments, and provides recommendations for state policymakers who are ready to support student-centered teaching and learning.

CompetencyWorks released a new report titled, Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education, which seeks to advance K-12 competency education along four key issues: equity, quality, meeting students where they are, and policy. Follow iNACOL’s blog series on this report:

iNACOL is seeking to hire a Communicators Director. View the job posting here. The deadline to apply is November 22, 2017. Please consider sharing this position opening with candidates who may be interested, and your networks and peers on Twitter:

  • Now #hiring: @nacol is seeking to #hire a Communications Director. #Learn more & apply here: http://ow.ly/CUCN30gfx1b. Apps due Nov. 22.

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Four Threshold Concepts to Think Differently About the Future of K-12 Education
What will it take to transform K-12 education to student-centered learning for the long term? In June 2017, iNACOL published the draft paper Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency…

New iNACOL Issue Brief: Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states now have increased flexibility to redesign their systems of assessments to better align to student-centered learning, allowing educators to focus on meeting students where…

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…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

November Teacher Talk Webinar | How Teachers Can Spark Student Agency
November 16, 2017  |  5:00-6:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

December Leadership Webinar | Empowering Leaders and Teachers to Scale Personalized Learning
December 6, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

December Teacher Talk Webinar | Strategies for Teachers to Develop Students as Global Citizens
December 14, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2018
Save the Date: October 21-24, 2018, Nashville, TN

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

5 Things I Learned While Scoring Micro-Credentials
Christina Kuriacose, CompetencyWorks

How Competency-Based Education Can Lead to a More Equitable Classroom
Nia Baucke, KnowledgeWorks

Using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals
Jodie Deinhammer, Edutopia

What K12 Administrators Need to Know About Student Engagement
Roger Riddell, Education Dive

How Teachers Can Make Competency-Based Education the New Normal
Mary Tkatchov, Education Week

Why Colorado Schools Are Revamping High School Graduation Guidelines
Monte Whaley, The Denver Post

Why Relationships Matter for Urban Students’ Engagement
Jennifer Fredricks, Students at the Center Hub

It’s Time for a Deeper Conversation About How Schools use Technology
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

What Learners Need to Thrive in a World of Change
Andy Calkins, NGLC

iNACOL in the News

What Should (and Shouldn’t) Personalized Learning Look Like?
Education Week

To better understand how the K-12 sector views “personalized learning”, we asked educators, experts, and critics two simple questions. One thing became clear: This movement still means many different things to many different people.

The Path to Personalized Learning Is Not Straight
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
Three different districts. Three different time zones. Three different paths to the same general goal — personalized learning. Administrators from Henry County Schools, southwest of Atlanta; School District 51 in Mesa County, Colorado…

Competency-Based Micro-Credentials Are Transforming Professional Learning
Mary Ryerse, Education Week
The world is changing, and — as Sir Ken Robinson professes — we will need every ounce of capacity we can find and create. One of the keys to unlocking creativity, ingenuity and much more is taking new approach to professional…

Report: Scaling and Sustaining Competency-Based Education
Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
It’s no longer enough to simply begin the journey of competency-based education. Enough schools are trying to implement CBE that it’s time to write the second chapter by building on what is already known to work. That’s the idea…

‘Personalized Learning’ Pitched as Alternative to Current WV Ed Methods
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail
Arguing that jobs are threatened by future automation and criticizing current prevailing education models, the president and chief executive officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning advocated Wednesday for…

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November 12, 2017

iNACOL Webinar | 11/16: How Teachers Can Spark Student Agency

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TEACHER TALK WEBINAR 

How Teachers Can Spark Student Agency

Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, iNACOL is hosting a Teacher Talk webinar to explore ways teachers are creating opportunities for students to develop agency and ownership over their education in K-12 personalized learning models.

Join this webinar to learn ways teachers can encourage voice and choice in their students. Explore how Henry County Schools (HCS) utilize personalized learning plans to chart learning paths that are unique to each student, tailoring learning to students’ strengths, needs and interests. Learn strategies and practices to co-design learning experiences and work alongside students to help shape their learning trajectories. Understand how HCS designs authentic learning experiences that help inspire passion and creativity in the teaching and learning process.

Teachers developing agency in students use strategies to coach them in lifelong learning skills, such as growth mindset, meta-cognition, social and emotional learning, and habits of learning — cultivating skills and dispositions important for future success.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Educators are pivotal in helping students build agency and skills critical to their future success. By helping students take ownership of their education and develop as lifelong learners, teachers are empowering students to harness their voice, set learning goals, and shape future success.”

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

Webinar Title: How Teachers Can Spark Student Agency

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About iNACOLThe 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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November 10, 2017

iNACOL Publishes New Policy Issue Brief on Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning

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iNACOL Publishes New Policy Issue Brief on Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning

Today, iNACOL published a new issue brief: Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning.

This issue brief explores opportunities for states under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to rethink systems of assessments, and provides recommendations for state policymakers who are ready to support student-centered teaching and learning.

Assessment is essential for understanding what students have learned and for providing transparency and fairness when it comes to certifying mastery of knowledge and skills. Assessment can provide timely feedback to educators on where students are in their learning and to inform the supports that they need to succeed. It also plays an important role for educational leaders to evaluate the effectiveness of learning models on achievement and for policymakers to understand the effectiveness of policies and use of public funding. In redesigning systems of assessments, state policymakers should consider what is needed to make assessment more meaningful and integrally linked to student learning.

Systems of assessments that align to student-centered learning are essential for the transformation to personalized, competency-based education systems that prepare all students for success. Under ESSA, states now have much more flexibility to redesign systems of assessments to better align to student-centered learning, allowing educators to focus on meeting students where they are so all can succeed.

Successful implementation of these new systems of assessments will require states to collaborate with and support local school districts and educators. States moving forward may amend their ESSA plans in the future to make room for assessments for learning — the use of formative and performance-based assessments — as well as interim and summative assessments across a state to measure and evaluate student progress. States will need to invest in building educator professional judgment and capacity for performance assessments within these new systems of assessments. The brief introduces important concepts for long-term sustainable systems transformation to student-centered learning, including: balanced systems of assessments and assessment literacy.

A key shift in ESSA from No Child Left Behind is allowing states to move from a single, summative, end-of-year test, to systems of assessments that may contain multiple assessment and item types. As they examine new and innovative ways of thinking about assessment, states may wish to pilot them in a subset of districts before scaling up statewide. To do this, states will need to seek the U.S. Department of Education application for the Innovative Accountability and Assessment Demonstration Authority (also known as the Innovative Assessment Pilot), which is a new pilot program outlined in ESSA. The intent behind this Innovative Assessment Pilot program was to provide a clear, objective and viable path forward for states to pilot new types of assessments for accountability under ESSA to support competency-based education and personalized learning.

Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO, said, “ESSA presents a historic opportunity to redefine student success and to build aligned, coherent systems that advance a powerful vision of student-centered learning. As states harness this new flexibility to create next generation systems of assessments, they will empower educators to create innovative, student-centered learning environments to maximize the potential of each individual student.”

Learn more in the issue brief here: Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning.

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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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November 2, 2017

Sign On to Support the E-Rate Program and Wi-Fi in Schools and Libraries

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Dear Colleagues:

Please join iNACOL and partner organizations in demonstrating your support for funding Wi-Fi connectivity in schools and libraries by adding your organization’s name to this letter, which will be submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Click here to sign on by 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday, November 6, 2017.

The federal Schools and Libraries program, also known as E-rate, provides funding to schools and libraries for internet access and telecommunications services, making internet connectivity and other services more affordable. The E-rate program is a critical equity strategy for K-12 education. It supports necessary infrastructure and bandwidth for schools transitioning to student-centered learning, providing access to a full range of pathways, supports, and learning environments to best personalize learning and meet every student where they are. Created as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, E-rate provides discounts on the cost of broadband telecommunications connectivity services, with high-poverty and rural schools and libraries receiving additional funding.

In 2014, the FCC modernized E-rate to connect more schools and libraries to broadband, provide support for Wi-Fi connectivity, ensure E-rate funding is spent effectively, increase the funding cap, and improve program administration. This modernized E-rate program set a target of providing $1 billion annually for five years to support Wi-Fi infrastructure and services (also known as category two services).

The FCC recently released a Public Notice requesting comments on “the sufficiency of budgets for category two services under the E-rate program. Many E-rate advocates are concerned this signals the new FCC Wi-Fi funding commitment for five years, adopted through E-rate modernization, may now be at risk.

We ask your organization to join us in urging the FCC to deliver on its promise to provide $1 billion annually for five years to support Wi-Fi services and infrastructure in schools and libraries.

Review the letter and click here to sign on to support
Wi-Fi in Schools and Libraries.

The deadline for adding your organization’s name to the letter is 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, November 6, 2017.

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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