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December 13, 2018

iNACOL Webinar | 1/9: Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing And Sustaining Educators For Competency-Based Education

An up-coming webinar from the neo-liberals.

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
2-3 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, iNACOL (@nacol) will host a webinar to explore details of the report Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education. 

Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education written by Katherine Casey re-envisions professional practice, learning and development for educators in competency-based education.

As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. Moving Toward Mastery describes a teaching profession that is equity-oriented, learning-centered and lifelong; it recommends 15 strategies that can help school districts successfully make this paradigm shift.

Building off examples of effective teaching, professional development and practice across the nation, the new report explores how communities can work together to prompt and sustain complex systems change of moving both students and teachers from a one-size-fits-all approach to education to one in which all students and all teachers can succeed.

Join this webinar for a conversation around rethinking the educator workforce.

Webinar Title: Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

Presenters:

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

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About iNACOL

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December 7, 2018

Plugged In | 12.7.18 – iNACOL Welcomes Eliot Levine as Research Director

A final word from the neo-liberals for today.

Inacol
Plugged In
Dec. 7, 2018
INACOL HOME PAGE
iNACOL Welcomes Eliot Levine as Research Director
Eliot Levine joins iNACOL
On Nov. 19, 2018, noted educator, researcher and author Eliot Levine became iNACOL’s Research Director. He will spearhead our knowledge management and research agenda, lead project management of CompetencyWorks, with charge over our work of studying and sharing promising practices shaping the future of K-12 personalized, competency-based education.

“I am thrilled to join iNACOL as the new Research Director,” Eliot told us as he was onboarding to his new role. “Having focused on student-centered learning for most of my career as an education researcher, public school teacher and reform advocate, it is great to join an organization that has been a pioneer and leader in this vital work for many years.”

As research director, Eliot will be responsible for identifying trends, conducting and facilitating research that answers critical questions facing the field, and sharing promising practices and lessons learned by educators across the country…

MEET ELIOT
iNACOL 2018 Symposium | Driving the Transformation of Learning | Oct. 21-24, 2018 | Nashville
Register for Our Webinar: Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education
As states, districts and schools re-design education systems, the 16 Quality Design Principles provide a cohesive framework that offers a set of guideposts for schools and districts. While all principles are essential, districts and schools are using different entry points to begin transforming their systems and make different design choices. No matter the entry point, the depth of implementation or the model, the Quality Design Principles are composed to spark discussion that will accelerate the shift from the paradigm of the traditional system to one that seeks to have every student succeed. Ensuring students have high-quality learning experiences requires attention to the structures, policy and operations, as well as examining the underlying beliefs with an inclusive culture of learning.

Join this webinar, to be held Dec. 12, 2018, 2 PM – 3 PM Eastern, for a conversation around this framework that can help create a high-quality, competency-based model.

REGISTER
Reminders
Download the iNACOL Symposium Mobile App to get the most out of your conference experence.
A YouTube Playlist of 2018 iNACOL Symposium Keynotes
Nearly 3,000 attendees joined us in Nashville for the annual iNACOL Symposium, and now we are sharing highlights of the learning with you. We’ve created a playlist of all the keynote addresses, along with the Innovator Awards and Student Panel.
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Personalized Learning with Matt & Courtney
Personalized Learning with Matt & Courtney
Matthew Shea and Courtney Belolan returned to the iNACOL Symposium to record thoughts and insights of attendees. As a result, they’ve produced several recordings for their popular Personalized Learning with Matt & Courtney Podcast, covering the “Do-dos” and “Don’t-Dos” of education innovation.
LISTEN
New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
U.S. Department of Education Outlines Guidance for Submitting Amendments to State ESSA Plans
The U.S. Department of Education released guidance outlining how states can amend their state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA State Plan amendment process offers an opportunity for continuous improvement of state education systems, toward greater coherence.

– Maria Worthen and Natalie Truong

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U.S. Department of Education Outlines Guidance for Submitting Amendments to State ESSA Plans
Recommendations to Support A Long-Term Plan For K-12 Education Transformation to Competency-Based Education Systems
Charting the Course: Recommendations to Support A Long-Term Plan For K-12 Education Transformation to Competency-Based Education Systems
Creating policies that are student-centered and are fit for the purpose of an education system in which every student can succeed requires us to challenge commonly-held assumptions about what learning “should” look like. Continuously improving on the goals of the education system, including the role of teacher and students, the use of time, the purpose and nature of assessments, the allocation of resources, learning model designs and the role of schools within the broader context of the community, is necessary for lasting change.

– Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong and Susan Patrick

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Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
High School & the Future of Work
XQ Institute

Show What You Know: A Landscape Analysis of Competency-Based Education
Getting Smart

Hope, Agency, Mastery, and Other Terms Educators Are Redefining
Anya Kamenetz, NPR

Parents Give the Grade to Report Cards
Julie Slama, Sandy Journal

Using Teacher-Leaders to Improve Schools
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report

Struggle for the Future: Schools Lag in Preparing Students for the Age of Automation
David Cantor, The 74

NPR Student Podcast Challenge
NPR

Introducing Keeping It 100: A Place for ‘Real Talk’ and Honest Perspectives About the Challenges Students of Color Face in Getting an A+ Education 
The 74


iNACOL in the News
The Future Of Learning? Well, It’s Personal
In fact, in speaking about it with more than a dozen educators, technologists, innovation experts and researchers, I’ve developed a theory: “Personalized learning” has become a word, with at least two meanings in tension…Read More.

In a Shift, More Education Reformers Say They’re Worried About Schools’ Focus on Testing
Those comments reflected the prevailing mood at the event, where testing was criticized for being at odds with the increasingly popular “personalized learning” models that allow students to progress through material at their own pace…Read More.

How Can Micro-Credentials Be Used to Support Teacher Training?
Earlier this year, the organization iNACOL released its latest map, charting the rise of policies that support K-12 competency-based education systems in states from coast to coast. By last count, 17 states have earned the status of “advanced,” another 13 have reached the “developing” status. Another 18 have entered the “emerging” status…Read More.

School Board Hears About Symposium and Takes Field Trip Of Schools
Webster sent a small group of teachers to Nashville in October for the iNACOL Symposium with the focus being on personalized learning. Board members also took a tour of the schools to reconnect with the students and staff…Read More.

Scaling Competency-Based Education: Equity-Focused Strategies for Policy and Practice
Competency systems can produce more equity, but only if we’re really intentional about making equity a goal. Unless we drive more time and support to students that need it, a competency system could actually be less equitable–it could advantage students that… are historically well-served…Read More.

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Policy
The iNACOL Center for Policy Advocacy leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective personalized learning models toward the goals of high quality, equity, access and dramatically improving student learning to close the achievement gap and ensure every student has access to high-quality, world-class learning opportunities.
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CompetencyWorks
CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. Bookmark this resource and check often for frequent updates.
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Resources
Working collaboratively with diverse experts in the field, iNACOL produces reports, books, policy briefs, blog posts, webinars and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next generation learning models. Use our web-based library to freely access and share materials.
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November 29, 2018

iNACOL Webinar | 12/12: Quality Principles For Competency-Based Education

And from the neo-liberals.

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
2-3 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, iNACOL (@nacol)will host a webinar to explore details of the report Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education.

Authors of the report, Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education, Chris Sturgis and Katherine Casey will share an overview of the 16 Quality Design Principles to guide the development of competency-based learning with the goal of creating a system in which every student succeeds.

The 16 Quality Design Principles offer a set of guideposts for states, districts and schools as they re-design education systems. While all principles are essential, districts and schools are using different entry points to begin transforming their systems and make different design choices. No matter the entry point, the depth of implementation or the model, the Quality Design Principles are composed to spark discussion that will accelerate the shift toward student-centered learning. Ensuring students have high-quality learning experiences requires attention to the structures, policy and operations, as well as examining the underlying beliefs with an inclusive culture of learning.

Join this webinar for a conversation around this framework that can help create a high-quality, competency-based model.

Webinar Title: Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

Presenters:

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

Share via Twitter:

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 Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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November 16, 2018

Plugged In | 11.16.18 – New Title On Professional Learning, Reflections From #iNACOL18

A final word from more neo-liberals.

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Plugged In
Nov. 16, 2018
INACOL HOME PAGE
What Should Professional Learning Look Like in Competency-Based Education?
Moving Toward Mastery
As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. To support growing transformation efforts, we recently published Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education. In it, we recommend 15 strategies that can help school districts successfully make this paradigm shift.

Building off examples of effective teaching, professional development and practice across the nation, the new report explores how communities can work together to prompt and sustain complex systems change of moving both students and teachers from a one-size-fits-all approach to education to one in which all students and all teachers can succeed.

Importantly, the new report explores the system-level change needed to create a profession that is:

  • Equity-oriented: Designed to promote success for all students, foster inclusion and cultural responsiveness for students and adults and disrupt systemic inequities;
  • Learning-centered: Designed to continuously develop educators’ knowledge, skill and personal mastery, sustain authentic collaboration and promote innovation; and
  • Lifelong: Designed to authentically engage, develop, motivate and sustain educators over the course of their careers, including preparation, certification and advancement.

Scaling competency-based education with consistent quality presents a dual challenge: increasing the number of educators who have the knowledge and skill to be competency-based practitioners and simultaneously improving the quality of teaching. Moving Toward Mastery is not a report that describes what educators must do differently to improve learning and teaching. Rather, it helps leaders and teams at all levels of the system address the question, “What can I do to support teachers and improve teaching, and where do my actions fit in the larger picture of systems change?” You can download a full copy here.

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iNACOL 2018 Symposium | Driving the Transformation of Learning | Oct. 21-24, 2018 | Nashville
Reflections and Highlights from the 2018 iNACOL Symposium
More than 3,000 people attended the iNACOL Symposium to learn and lead the way toward transforming learning in our education systems. To realize the deep, lasting and sustainable systems change we seek, iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick opened the Sympoisum by asking attendees to reflect on their journeys, how they came into this work and why. Over the course of four days in Nashville, we were graced with talks from esteemed thought leaders like Tony MonfilettoPhyllis LockettCarlos MorenoRusslynn AliDavid IstancePamela Cantor, M.D. , and the more than 200 speakers, educators, authors, schools and solution-makers who led learning sessions. There is much to reflect on and still more to learn. These#iNACOL18 links offer a deep dive into the iNACOL Symposium experience:

Would you like to share thoughts from the Symposium? Get in touch. Email us at Communications@inacol.org.

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Reminders
Download the iNACOL Symposium Mobile App to get the most out of your conference experence.
Recent Webinar: Meeting Students Where They Are
Antonia Rudenstine and Sydney Schaef of reDesign joined us last week with an in-depth exploration of the relational, pedagogical and structural dimensions of meeting students where they are in K-12 competency-based education systems.
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Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education
Purchase Hard Copies of Recently Published Book
Our recent CompetencyWorks title, Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education is freely available online in PDF form, and you now have the option of purchashing printed copies for a nominal fee.
LEARN MORE
New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
Charting the Course: Recommendations to Support A Long-Term Plan For K-12 Education Transformation to Competency-Based Education Systems
Creating policies that are student-centered and are fit for the purpose of an education system in which every student can succeed requires us to challenge commonly-held assumptions about what learning “should” look like. Continuously improving on the goals of the education system, including the role of teacher and students, the use of time, the purpose and nature of assessments, the allocation of resources, learning model designs and the role of schools within the broader context of the community, is necessary for lasting change.

– Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong and Susan Patrick

READ MORE
Recommendations to Support A Long-Term Plan For K-12 Education Transformation to Competency-Based Education Systems
Maria Worthen, VP of Policy, iNACOL
Three Takeaways for the Future of Personalized Learning Following the 2018 Midterm Elections
The long game of education systems transformation requires us to question our assumptions about learning and school. We, and our newly elected leaders, have an opportunity to focus these conversations on what truly matters – what it means for students to be truly prepared for success, with meaningful credentials, and what it will take to create equitable learning environments that give each student the support and opportunities to succeed.- Maria Worthen
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Re-Envisioning Professional Learning in Competency-Based Education
Scaling competency-based education with consistent quality presents a dual challenge: increasing the number of educators who have the knowledge and skill to be competency-based practitioners and simultaneously improving the quality of teaching. Moving Toward Mastery is not a report that describes what educators must do differently to improve learning and teaching. Rather, it helps leaders and teams at all levels of the system address the question, “What can I do to support teachers and improve teaching, and where do my actions fit in the larger picture of systems change?”

– Katherine Casey

READ MORE
Moving Toward Mastery
Creating Long-Term Strategy for State Policymakers to Support a Fully Developed, Competency-Based Education System
Many of the threshold concepts introduced in the paper Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education  and explored in this blog series are still nascent today in competency-based education models in the United States. While innovators are beginning to develop more competency-based systems, many early practices and models are still rooted in traditional time-based systems and constrained by our short-term approaches to incremental policy reforms and limited concepts of what is possible.
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Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
The Case for Competency-Based Education
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Student Engagement, Supports Among Key Elements of Successful School Redesign
Lucy Hood, Education Dive

Kettle Moraine Middle School Offers a ‘Customizable’ Learning Experience, Because Not All Kids Learn the Same
Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kids Aren’t Failing School-School Is Failing Kids
Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company

Miseducation: Is There Racial Inequality at Your School?
Lena V. Groeger, Annie Waldman and David Eads, ProPublica

Philosophy Empowers Students to Decide What, How to Learn 
Dave Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette


iNACOL in the News
In a Shift, More Education Reformers Say They’re Worried about Schools’ Focus on Testing
Research has also shown that turning tests into high-stakes events can prompt negative outcomes, like cheating, teaching to the test, and worse teachers being pushed to grades where students aren’t tested…Read More.

Dispatches from iNACOL 2018
Research has also shown that turning tests into high-stakes events can prompt negative outcomes, like cheating, teaching to the test, and worse teachers being pushed to grades where students aren’t tested…Read More.

‘Hamilton,’ Cultural Relevance and the Quest to Personalize Learning
A recent study found that when teachers think about personalized learning, very few think about the idea of cultural relevance…Read More.

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Policy
The iNACOL Center for Policy Advocacy leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective personalized learning models toward the goals of high quality, equity, access and dramatically improving student learning to close the achievement gap and ensure every student has access to high-quality, world-class learning opportunities.
READ MORE
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CompetencyWorks
CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. Bookmark this resource and check often for frequent updates.
READ MORE
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Resources
Working collaboratively with diverse experts in the field, iNACOL produces reports, books, policy briefs, blog posts, webinars and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next generation learning models. Use our web-based library to freely access and share materials.
READ MORE
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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.
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November 15, 2018

iNACOL Symposium Save The Date: October 28-31, 2019

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Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for attending the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee. We hope you engaged in deep discussions around personalized learning in an effort to foster equity, access and high-quality educational opportunities for all students.

Please save the date for next year’s Symposium, to be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on October 28-31, 2019. Registration will open in spring 2019.

To reflect on #inacol18 and continue learning, here are some links:

iNACOL would like to thank all of our Symposium sponsors for their support of our event, and our philanthropic Diamond-level supporters, NewSchools Venture FundWalton Family Foundation and XQ Institute, whose support makes our Symposium possible.
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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