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September 20, 2019

Plugged In | 9.20.19 – New Podcast Series Announced And Updates On The iNACOL Symposium

A newsletter from the neo-liberals.

Plugged In
Sept. 20, 2019

iNACOL COO Bruce Friend Inaugurates iNACOL’s New Podcast Series with a Discussion of the Upcoming Symposium
We’re pleased to announce a new podcast series, the Innovation Spotlight, featuring commentary and analysis at the leading edge of education systems change. By popular demand, we introduce the podcast as a new medium to disseminate knowledge, collaborate with the field, and hold engaging conversations on the field’s toughest subjects.

Our hosts are Matthew Shea and Courtney Belolan, who lead the popular forum, Personalized Learning with Matt & Courtney. Matt and Courtney also manage iNACOL’s Voices Hub, an interactive space at the annual iNACOL Symposium, where attendees go to share their ideas, Aha moments, and lessons learned.

We inaugurate the series with a discussion about the premier event shaping the future of K-12 education, the iNACOL Symposium. Annually, more than 3,000 experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, students, and researchers gather and work to transform education. iNACOL’s Chief Operation Officer Bruce Friend sat down with Matt and Courtney to discuss what to expect at the 2019 iNACOL Symposium.

Upcoming Webinar - Supporting Educators Transitioning to PCBE
Register for Our Upcoming Leadership Webinar:
Supporting Educators Transitioning to a Competency-Based and Personalized Learning System
On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, iNACOL (@nacol) will host a webinar to share the perspective of shifting to competency-based, personalized learning from two experienced practitioners.

Join this webinar to be offered a roadmap and possible on-ramps from the traditional schooling model to a personalized, competency-based model. With an overview of the hallmarks of CBE and a discussion of instructional practices and changes in grading and assessments, the discussion will center the role of collaborative teams and focused professional learning in supporting the transition. In addition, attendees will learn how state policy can support scaling their efforts.


Extend Your Learning and Networking Opportunities with Pre-Conference Workshops
Pre-conference workshops at the annual iNACOL Symposium provide focused full- and half-day interactive opportunities for deeper learning and knowledge-building in personalized, competency-based learning. A sampling of workshops this year include:

  • Showing the Way to Equity and Excellence: What the Education System Can Learn From Alternative Schools
  • The Power You Carry: How to Become a Brain Builder to Help All Children Thrive
  • Rigorous and Student-Centered Teaching: A Forum on Innovation

These workshops provide intensive professional development in small groups and require a separate registration.

iNACOL Symposium Opening Keynote Announcement
iNACOL Symposium Opening Keynote Announcement
iNACOL is pleased to announce our Symposium opening keynote will feature Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard. The theme of our opening address is “Broadening the Definition of Student Success: A Spotlight on Mental Health.”

Please note that, unlike previous years, this year’s opening keynote will take place onMonday, October 28th, 3:30-5:15 p.m. Pacific Time, following the pre-conference workshops. Once the keynote and moderated discussion concludes, we will make a very special announcement that you won’t want to miss. The President’s Welcome Reception will immediately follow in the Innovation Corner.

Look to the Symposium website to learn about all of the eduation transformation experts who will offer keynote addresses this year.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
Susan Patrick on Five Global Trends in Education
In a recent conversation with Getting Smart‘s Tom Vander Ark, iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick outlined five global trends in learning, including:


What the Learning Sciences Are Teaching Us About Learning – Pt. 3
“The goal of education is not to drive everything into long-term memory. One of the goals in education is to get the right things into long-term memory. You have to have stuff in long-term memory to allow working memory to do its complex work. A lot of what education should be about is how do you get long term memory and working memory to work together?”

Bror Saxberg

The Science of Learning and Development - Implications for Transforming K-12 Education
Featured Webinar | The Science of Learning and Development and Its Implications for Transforming K-12 Education
iNACOL partnered with the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) to explore how K-12 education systems can create personalized learning environments that better support student learning and development through the learning sciences which are grounded in research, and specifically designed for student success.
Threshold Concept: Synchronizing K-12 Education Policy with the Learning Sciences
Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
Personalized Learning Key to Churchill School District
Paul Boger, KUNR

The New Testing Landscape: State Assessments Under ESSA
Lynn Olson, FutureEd

‘We Believe in Second Chances Here’
Justyna Tomtas, Lewiston Tribune

Secretary DeVos Makes Clear Federal Funds Can Be Used to Support Dual Enrollment, Postsecondary Options for Students and Youth With Disabilities
U.S. Dept. of Education

By One Measure, Federal Spending on Children Has Hit a 10-Year Low
Andrew Ujifusa, EdWeek

iNACOL in the News
Fisher: Who You Know – 3 Ways Schools Can Foster Competency-Based Education by Focusing on Student Relationships
Competency-based education has seen its fair share of champions over the past decade, offering the promise of a new architecture of learning…Read More.
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.
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.
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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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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Micro-Internships: Just A Gig Or A Promising Gateway?

As I say each week…  From the neo-liberal, educational privatizers masquerading as an academic body – so the term research here is used VERY loosely (as none of this actually represents methodologically sound, reliable, valid, or empirical research in any real way).

Check out this week’s highlights from the Christensen Institute. 
Christensen Institute · 92 Hayden Avenue · Lexington, MA 02421 · USA

NCVPS E-lert Sept 19, 2019

An item from another US-based K-12 online learning program.

Sept. 19, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
We have nearly 25,000 students enrolled with us this fall, and we have a lot of built-in support features ready to help them.
If students need help of any kind with their NCVPS classes, they can visit the homepage of their course or our website for assistance. Help is never more than 2-clicks away!
See our Student Help page for details about how students can find assistance through our website, the Virtual Support Center, the Peer Tutoring Center, and their NCVPS teachers. We also have help for advisors, facilitators, parents, and mentors.
Current Enrollment Options
We can help schools with enrollments throughout the semester. Even after our regular enrollment period ended, we have these options available:
Transfer Students – We begin accepting transfer students after our regular enrollment has ended. Transfer students must be enrolled in the class at the face-to-face school and have a grade to transfer in with. Transfers are not for students new to the course. We must also have an available seat in the course to accommodate the transfer request. Open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center to begin the transfer process. Be sure to include the following in your ticket:
  • student’s name
  • PowerSchool ID#
  • school name
  • transfer grade
  • course needed
  • any student details that can help the NCVPS teacher
Transfer options will remain open through midterms each semester.
OCS Enrollments – You can still enroll OCS students into your existing OCS sections. We can’t open new OCS sections for schools, though. The same is true for your NCVPS intervention courses.
Flex Learning – We have Flex Learning options available throughout the semester. Flex is designed for students who need flexible calendar options due to their particular circumstances. Visit our Flex Learning page for details on how to enroll.
Spring Enrollments – Registration is still wide open for Spring 2020!
Funding – If you use all of your allotments and still need to enroll, contact us. You can request access to NCVPS reserve funds after you’ve exhausted your allotments.
Virtual Innovators Conference
Join us at the North Carolina Virtual Innovators Conference! The NCVPS VIC2019 will bring us together to connect, share, and learn about online and digital learning. The conference is October 19, 2019, at Moore Square Middle School, beginning at 8:00 am.
IEPs and 504s
If you have students with IEPs or 504s, please communicate the modifications to the students’ NCVPS teachers. The modifications are a shared responsibility between NCVPS and student’s school.
Semester Success with NCVPS
Visit our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details on how to get the most out of your semester. The page includes registration, grade, and student support details.
2019-2020 Academic Year
Visit our NCVPS Now page for full details on registration, grade reporting, and student supports. Click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab.
Request for Sections
If your school needs a yearlong or early start section that we do not currently offer, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will see if we can make it happen!
You no longer have to wait for the e-lert to see the latest NCVPS updates. Just visit our new NCVPS Now page where we bring you live updates on the state’s virtual school. Bookmark the page or find NCVPS Now under our HOME button.
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606


This Is The Email You’ve Been Waiting For!

An update from this Texas-based conference that has traditionally been quite K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning friendly.

Earlybird Registration and
Call For Proposals are now Open!

Earlybird registration and call for proposals are now open for the 2020 TxDLA Annual Conference: Through the Looking Glass, A Wonderland of Innovation.
Come be a part of the premiere distance learning conference in the state of Texas this spring, March 22-25 in Fort Worth, Texas.

In a world where students and faculty are excited about technology, we will travel down a path of discovering a whole new world of creative advancements in technology. Students are using technology in every aspect of their lives and faculty are developing new and innovative methods to engage their students, so we want to push the boundaries and explore new ways to engage students using technology.

We will focus on viewing innovation through the lens of the student, faculty, and partnerships. We want to encourage faculty by demonstrating the possibilities of technological advancement. We want to partner with corporations, government, non-profits, and museums to give glimpses into what innovation they are discovering. And, we want to assist our K-12 partners with innovative technology resources as they are striving for excellence in supporting their constituents.

We live in a wonderland where technology and innovation are key – they take our classrooms to a new level for students as they prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet. Join us in exploring new technology and changing education for the better.

Have an innovative idea or presentation to share? Call for Proposals is open now!

Register for the Conference
Submit a Proposal
Learn More
We live in a wonderland where technology and innovation are key - they take our classrooms to a new level for students as they prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet.

Join us in exploring new technology and changing education for the better.

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Article Notice: A Systematic Approach To Improving E-Learning Implementations In High Schools

This isn’t a new article, but I only came across it late this past week (so I guess it was new to me).

TOJET: The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology – July 2014, volume 13 issue 3


Bens Pardamean and Teddy Suparyanto Graduate Program of Information Technology, Bina Nusantara University, Indonesia

ABSTRACT This study was based on the current growing trend of implementing e-learning in high schools. Most endeavors have been inefficient, rendering an objective of determining the initial steps that could be taken to improve these efforts by assessing a student population’s computer skill levels and performances in an IT course. Demographic factors were also taken into account while formulating these recommendations. Basic computer skill levels were measured through the administration of the Technical Survival Skill Test (TSST) questionnaire, developed by the University of Toronto. Academic performances were evaluated through several assignments designed by the IT course instructors. The main result of this study indicated that computer skill levels did have a direct correlation with a student’s academic performance level. The database was further parsed based on demographical factors, resulting in a set of recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of e-learning.

Keywords: learning management system, LMS, technical survival skill test, TSST

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