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May 27, 2017

iNACOL Symposium 2017 | Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Transforming Systems + Changing Lives - October 15-18, 2017 Charlotte, North Carolina
Dear Colleagues,

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are now available for the iNACOL Symposium, held onOctober 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

The iNACOL Symposium will convene more than 3,000 key experts and educational leaders who are personalizing learning for equity, access and quality. This is your opportunity to learn about the successes and challenges from leaders and practitioners designing and implementing new school models–driving personalized teaching and learning–through competency-based, blended and online learning.

iNACOL attendees include key decision makers in state and district programs including school administrators, program leaders, teachers and technology providers.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the iNACOL Symposium provides powerful networking opportunities, unprecedented access to top decision makers and broad recognition to your organization both on-site and online. Register as a sponsor here.

If you are interested in sponsoring, please view:

Exhibitor Opportunities

Becoming an iNACOL Symposium exhibitor provides access to the field’s key decision makers looking to identify new content, tools, platforms and strategies. Register as an exhibitor here.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please view:

Don’t forget to reserve hotel rooms for your team. Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

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 website, like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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May 26, 2017

iNACOL Webinar | 6/15: Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-Based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-Based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts

Thursday, June 15, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a Leadership webinar on assessment literacy to support competency-based education systems and other deeper learning efforts.

Assessment literacy is conceptualized as the knowledge and skills associated with designing, selecting, interpreting and using high-quality assessments to improve student learning. It is an essential component of successful teaching and learning, and it lays the groundwork for building teacher capacity in K-12 personalized, competency-based education systems.

Beyond using assessments in their classrooms, assessment literate educators should be equipped to deal with an onslaught of data from large-scale state assessments, interim assessments, local district- or school-wide assessments, and classroom-based assessments. Join noted assessment experts Scott Marion and Lorrie Shephard in this webinar to discuss ways to promote assessment literacy in general, and within competency-based education systems more specifically.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “In the United States, education experts and policy leaders could well benefit from studying assessment literacy in competency-based education systems to promote deeper learning by students. Let’s create a national conversation around assessments for learning and assessment literacy to build capacity for advanced systems of education designed for student success.”

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

Webinar Title: Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-Based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts

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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 website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedInand follow us on twitter.

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May 18, 2017

iNACOL Symposium 2017 | End-of-Fiscal-Year Early-Bird Savings – Register Today

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Transforming Systems + Changing Lives - October 15-18, 2017 Charlotte, North Carolina

Dear Colleagues,

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium 2017 today. Early-bird registration discounts endJuly 13, 2017.

Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts (before the end of this year’s fiscal year) to attend the iNACOL Symposium on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Attendee registration is now open and early-bird registration discounts are available until July 13, 2017.

Don’t miss out on early-bird pricing discounts. Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

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  • Register for iNACOL 2017 event w/early-bird pricing for #inacol17 thru 7/13. Exploring #CBE, #PL, #online and #blended learning: http://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol
  • Early discount to register #inacol17 in FL. Theme: “Personalizing Learning: #Equity, Access, Quality” http://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol

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Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

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 3,100 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 website, like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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Validated Online Course Design Standards

A few weeks ago I saw this news item scroll across my electronic desk – Edmentum Plato Courses Receive iNACOL Standards Approval. When you go to the news item, you get access to this summary:

Edmentum’s Plato Courseware’s iNACOL Standard Review – http://www.edmentum.com/sites/edmentum.com/files/resource/media/iNACOL%20Summary.pdf

A former doctoral student of mine actually completed his dissertation research focused on whether the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses could be validated based on research. Here are the results.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2016). Building better courses: Examining the content validity of the iNACOL national standards for quality online courses. Journal of Online Learning Research, 2(1), 41-73. Retrieved from http://www.learntechlib.org/p/171515

  • The first round focused on whether there was literature and, more importantly, the research literature support for the standards.  David was able to find something for just about every standard, but there was actually little in the way of K-12 distance, online, and blended learning research literature to support most standards as they were written.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2017). Improving the K-12 online course design review process: Experts weigh in on iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 18(3). Retrieved from http://www.ijede.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/976

  • The second round had two teams of experts review the standards to determine whether, based on their expert opinions, the standards were appropriate measures of the quality of online course design.  While there was some general support for most standards, many of them were revised or dropped based on this expert feedback.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2016). Redesigning design: Field testing a revised design rubric based of iNACOL quality course standards. International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, 31(2). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2800

  • The third round had several teams of two reviewers that were responsible for applying the rubric associated with the standards to a variety of online courses to determine if inter-rater reliability could be achieved.  The results of this application were that the rubric could not be reliably applied.

Adelstein, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2016). Redesigning design: Streamlining K-12 online course creation. MACUL Journal, 37(1), 20-21. Retrieved from http://www.macul.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/MACULJournal_Fall2016.pdf

  • This final article was targeted to practitioners.  It was basically an attempt for David to translate what he learned from the three rounds of research that would be of interest and of use to a practitioner audience.

May 17, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 05.17.17

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 05.17.17

Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is seeking a consultant (contractor) as a Research Project Manager for a national K-12 education personalized learning scan. The deadline to apply for this consulting position is Friday, May 19, 2017. Learn more about the position and apply here. Please consider sharing this on Twitter:

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

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

Connecting the Dots: Aligning Efforts to Support Teachers and Students in New Hampshire
Jonathan Vander Els, CompetencyWorks

Time for a New Conversation in Education
Phyllis Lockett, Huffington Post

Opinion: We Won’t Break the Status Quo Until We Admit Our Own Biases
Kate Gerson, The Hechinger Report

What Happens When You Give a District the Freedom to Innovate?
Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)
Vicki Davis, Edutopia

Bill to Revamp Career and Technical Education Law Introduced in House
Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week

On the Brink of Massive Change: Is This the Future You Want?
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

How to Rally Parents Around Personalized Learning
Mary Kenkel, KnowledgeWorks

Maine Compass: Proficiency-Based Education Key to Closing Maine’s Skills Gap
Steven Pound, Central Maine

Upcoming iNACOL Events

May Teacher Talk Webinar | Teaching with a Growth Mindset
May 18, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
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New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

We Have a Proficiency-Based Diploma. Now What?
The trust in the conventional education system has been undermined by the tradition of awarding diplomas to students who do not possess the skills needed for college and careers. It has been possible in many districts to receive a…

Putting the Pieces Together to Build a Competency-Based Statewide System
New England states have a variety of reasons for turning to competency-based education: higher expectations than ever before, the demand for skills that prepare students for an ever-changing world, and an understanding that the…

Seven Key Questions for States Looking to Transition to Competency Education
Competency-based education is expanding across the country under a variety of different terms, including mastery-based, proficiency-based, and performance-based. Educators turn to competency-based education when they realize the…

Continuous Improvement: Addressing the Needs of Struggling Students
After the first few years of transition, districts begin to have the bandwidth to look more deeply at where students are not advancing or are at a lower level academically than their age-based grade. Although not necessarily done in…

iNACOL in the News

Grants Roundup: Gates and Chan-Zuckerberg Back $12 Million Personalized-Learning Venture
Rebecca Koenig, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
$12 million over four years to venture-philanthropy fund New Profit to create the Personalized Learning Initiative, which will provide grants and guidance to seven organizations working to advance personalized-learning technology…

Preparing Students for Global Success
Mary Kenkel, KnowledgeWorks
Kristin has a part of our family for as long as I can remember; she and my mom have been best friends since they met in ‘Up With People.’ After a Scandinavian summer with Kristin and her husband, along with my sister, I consider Kristin…

District Says 24 Credits and a D-minus Average Aren’t Good Enough
by Tara García Mathewson
When Kylie Jones brings home her report card, it doesn’t have any A’s, B’s or C’s. The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system. Traditional grades no longer…

New Profit Launches Two Education Initiatives Aimed at Inclusive Social Entrepreneurship and Personalized Learning
New Profit
New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization that helps bold problem solvers break through to transform lives, communities, and systems, has announced it will launch two capacity building initiatives: the Personalized Learning Initiative…

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