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July 18, 2018

Plugged In | 7.17.18

Not quite the end of the day since today was a guest blog entry day, but pretty close.  Something from the neo-liberals…

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 7.17.18

Dear Colleagues:

Over the past year, iNACOL published a series of policy issue briefs on key issues for personalized, competency-based learning:

This week on July 16-20CompetencyWorks is hosting a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on “Professional Learning and Development in Competency-Based Education,” where leaders and educators who have deep expertise in competency education are invited to provide feedback to a draft document on this topic. In this one-week virtual session, CompetencyWorks will obtain the best thinking from experts across the field, democratizing the development of ideas and advancing the field on this critical issue. Learn more about the TAG and sign up here.

Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education.
Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based Education

Summer Reading in Competency-Based Education
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Personalized Learning at a Crossroads
Center on Reinventing Public Education

Four Inquiry Qualities at the Heart of Student-Centered Teaching
Trevor McKnight, KQED Mind/Shift

Louisiana and New Hampshire Share their Hopes for the Innovative Assessment Pilot
Lillian Pace, KnowledgeWorks

Getting Feedback Right: A Q&A with John Hattie
Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week

Teachers Share Tips on Making Makerspaces Accessible to All
Sharon Lurye, The Hechinger Report

Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning
Tom Vander Ark, Lydia Dobyns, Getting Smart

Seven Top Decisions for Leaders Scaling Innovation
Ellie Avishai, Beth Rabbitt, The Learning Accelerator

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Invitation to Participate in Professional Learning & Competency-Based Education TAG July 16-20, 2018
Across the country, there are thousands of leaders and educators who have deep expertise in competency education who could make valuable contributions to advance competency-based education (CBE) and lead important…

How States Are Funding Innovation in Education and Supporting Steps for Policymakers
One of the most frequent questions district leaders and state policymakers ask of us is how other states are funding the capacity needed to support the transformation to innovative models of personalized, competency-based…

Issue to Tackle for Certifying Learning: Meaningful Qualifications
Not only do high school diplomas need to certify mastery of academic competencies, but they also need to certify mastery of a comprehensive set of skills, knowledge and dispositions students need to succeed after high school…

Senate HELP Committee Moves Forward on Perkins Reauthorization
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted unanimously on Tuesday to favorably report a bill reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to the full Senate. iNACOL…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

July Special Edition Webinar | Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed
July 18, 2018  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2018
October 21-24, 2018, Nashville, TN
Attendee registration is open

iNACOL in the News

Competency-Based Education Is Gaining Traction in States
Patience Wait, EdScoop
Almost every state in the U.S. has taken action to encourage schools and districts to move to personalized, competency-based education, according to a new report from iNACOL, a national nonprofit focused on transforming…

Report Suggests Competency-Based Framework for K-12
Roger Riddell, Education Dive
In a new report titled “Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems,” iNACOL’s Competency Works initiative seeks to lay out a model framework for what an…

4 Models for Competency-Based Education
Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A new report from CompetencyWorks offers “logic models” for helping to build understanding about competency-based education. Co-author Chris Sturgis warned in a blog article that the 59-page document wasn’t written for “newbies…

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July 11, 2018

REMINDER – Act Now: iNACOL Symposium 2018 Early-Bird Registration Savings Ending Soon

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee

Dear Colleagues:

Only two days remain to take advantage of early-bird discounts on attendee registration for the iNACOL Symposium, an offer that ends Thursday, July 11, 2018Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today. 

Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts before the end of your school or district’s fiscal year to save on the cost of attending the iNACOL Symposium October 21-24, 2018 in Nashville. Attendee registration is now open.

Registration rates will increase by 8 percent for members and 15 percent for non-members after the discounts end.

Make sure your colleagues and networks don’t miss out either. Share the news on Twitter:

  • Register for #iNACOL18 with early-bird pricing thru 7/11. Explore #CBE & #PLearning with old friends and new ones in @visitmusiccity.http://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol – Click to Tweet.
  • Early discount to register for #iNACOL18 in Nashville Oct. 21-24. Theme: “Driving the Transformation of Learning” Venue: @NashvilleMCChttp://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol – Click to Tweet.

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

About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 21-24, 2018, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based 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 iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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July 4, 2018

iNACOL Webinar | 7/18: Designing For Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education To Ensure All Students Succeed

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How Do We Design Competency-Based Education Systems for Equity?
Join iNACOL’s July Leadership Webinar to Explore

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, iNACOL (@nacol) will host a webinar to explore details of a recent report offering equity strategies for personalized, competency-based education.

The role of public education has never been more important – it is the bedrock of democracy. Competency-based education holds promise as a uniquely powerful model for fostering equity, but only if equity is an intentional design feature embedded in the culture, structure and pedagogy.

In Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeedauthors Chris Sturgis and Katherine Casey offer strategies for personalized, competency-based education to ensure a more equitable K-12 education system. The paper shares a vision and definition of educational equity and explains how the traditional system was designed to promote inequitable outcomes. It offers a framework for building equitable, personalized, competency-based education systems based on nine principles, including nurturing a strong culture of learning and inclusivity and responding and adapting to students using a process of continuous improvement.

Join this webinar for an in-depth exploration of the report and gain an understanding of the potential pitfalls and challenges in developing an equity agenda.

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

Webinar Title: Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

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June 30, 2018

iNACOL Symposium | Now Accepting Nominations for iNACOL Innovator Awards

And from the neo-liberals to close out today.

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee
Dear Colleagues,

Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates education pioneers for their work in personalized, competency-based education. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, TN, which runs October 21-24, 2018.

Nominations are now open for the following iNACOL Innovator Awards:

  1. iNACOL Teacher of the Year
  2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning

Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on the iNACOL Innovator Awards page of our website.

Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8 p.m. ET on August 31, 2018. Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET on September 7, 2018. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to awards@inacol.org.

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We look forward to seeing you at the iNACOL Symposium.
About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 21-24, 2018, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based 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 iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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June 28, 2018

Plugged In | 6.28.18

And from the neo-liberals to finish the day.

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
iNACOL PLUGGED IN 6.28.18
Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL published a new issue brief titled, State Funding Strategies to Support Education InnovationThe issue brief highlights case studies and action steps for policymakers to deepen their understanding of funding strategies to support innovation in K-12 education. Download a full copy of this issue brief and share with your networks:

  • New issue brief explores state policy funding strategies to support innovation in #K12 #edu http://ow.ly/143m30kCB3R @nacol @dalekfrost @mariaworthen #edpolicy
  • iNACOL published issue brief on state funding strategies to support education innovation for #K12 #edsystems http://ow.ly/143m30kCB3R @nacol @dalekfrost @mariaworthen #edpolicy

The Midwest Comprehensive Center at American Institutes for Research released Student Goal Setting: An Evidence-Based Practice to explore ways to promote evidence-based personalized and deeper learning strategies by districts and schools in states.

The Learning Accelerator released a new publication, Look Both Ways: A Framework to Help Education Leaders Navigate through Competing Approaches to System-Wide Change, which illustrates seven key questions leaders face as they enter and sustain education systems transformation.

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

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

How to Participate in the “Professional Learning and Development for Competency-Based Education” Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
Katherine Casey, CompetencyWorks

Traditional Education Versus Competency-Based Education
Lillian Pace, KnowledgeWorks

How 6 Mass. Communities Are Imagining Life Beyond MCAS
Max Larkin and Carrie Lung, WBUR

Why We’ve Got to Talk About Race If We Want to Achieve Education Equity
Danielle M. Gonzales, Education Post

The Three Great Truths at the Root of Next Gen Learning
Andy Calkins, Education Week

Empower Learners: 10 Lessons On Innovation Leadership
Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

Improving Learning Spaces by Empowering School Users
Andreas Schleicher, OECD Education & Skills Today

Inside New York City’s Segregated High School System
Hechinger Report

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Certifying Learning: A Threshold Concept to Ensure Student Success and Career Pathways
How is it possible that our education system still graduates many students who lack basic reading and math skills when they hold a high school diploma? Not only do diplomas need to certify mastery of academic competencies but they…

CompetencyWorks Releases Updated Competency Education State Policy Map
CompetencyWorks released its updated map for 2018, a snapshot of K-12 competency education state policy across the United States. The map was last updated in November 2017. You can download a copy of the map here. In 2018…

New Report Provides National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States
To better understand how personalized learning is being approached and implemented across the nation, iNACOL recently partnered with the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), NORC at the University of Chicago…

What’s Happening with Competency-Based Transcripts and Rethinking College Admissions in the United States
What are competency-based transcripts, and why are they important? The New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) explains the main issue: “For more than a century, American high school students have earned ‘credits’…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

July Special Edition Webinar |  Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed
July 18, 2018  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2018
October 21-24, 2018, Nashville, TN
Attendee registration is open. Early-bird registration discounts end July 11, 2018

iNACOL in the News

Report Suggests Competency-Based Framework for K-12
Roger Riddell, Education Dive
In a new report titled “Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems,” iNACOL’s Competency Works initiative seeks to lay out a model framework for what an…

4 Models for Competency-Based Education
Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A new report from CompetencyWorks offers “logic models” for helping to build understanding about competency-based education. Co-author Chris Sturgis warned in a blog article that the 59-page document wasn’t written for “newbies”…

Choosing Personalized Learning as a Strategy for Educational Equity
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
“Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. Some use online programs or software to give students…

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