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October 20, 2017

iNACOL Symposium | Special Features

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida
Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is thrilled to offer the following exciting features during the iNACOL Symposium.

iNACOL President’s Welcome Reception
iNACOL invites you to network with your colleagues and meet newcomers in the field during the iNACOL Symposium opening night President’s Welcome Reception on Monday, October 23from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Atlantic Hall (Exhibit Hall). Join us to socialize while enjoying beverages, appetizers and small plates. Make new connections, network and exchange powerful ideas with others in the Exhibit Hall and lounge areas. The lounges are designated meet up and collaboration zones for Symposium attendees.

Book Signing by Tom Rooney
Tom Rooney will be signing copies of his new book, Beyond Reform: Systemic Shifts Toward Personalized Learning, on Tuesday, October 24 from 3:15-4:00 p.m. in Atlantic Hall (Exhibit Hall) near the Personalized Learning Lounge. This book details how Lindsay Unified School District (California) took action to improve student learning by shifting from a traditional time-based education system to a learner-centered performance-based system.

iNACOL Symposium Networking Event
The iNACOL Symposium Networking Event is on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30-8:00 p.moutdoors at the Swan & Dolphin cabana deck, beach and pool area. This year’s theme is Beach BBQ Party. In addition to great cuisine and beverages, beach volleyball and live music, this quintessential event allows you to enjoy the fresh air while connecting and exploring ideas with other experts from across the field. Refresh and re-energize at this Beach BBQ Party and don’t forget to pack your casual attire and flip flops.

iNACOL Voices Hub 
iNACOL Symposium attendees can share what they’re learning at the iNACOL Voices Hub, an interactive podcasting center for capturing your thoughts, telling your story, sharing your
ideas and learning from each other. While at the Symposium, please take time to stop by the Voices Hub Lounge, located in the Exhibit Hall. Chat on mic with Courtney Belolan and Matt Shea, practitioners who are hosting the Voices Hub, and be part of podcast episodes on Symposium topics.

Symposium Mobile Application 
Be sure to download the iNACOL Symposium conference-specific mobile app. This community platform provides opportunities for conversations and networking both during and after the conference, access to break-out session presentations and resources, the agenda and more. To download the 2017 mobile app, search for iNACOL SYMPOSIUM 2017 in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

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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 websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

 

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iNACOL Symposium: 10/24 Networking Event

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida
Dear Colleagues,

The iNACOL Symposium Networking Event is on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.outdoors at the Swan & Dolphin cabana deck, beach and pool area. Refresh and re-energize at this Beach BBQ Party. Don’t forget to pack your casual attire and flip flops.

Join us for a wonderful evening of relaxing and networking over food and drinks with friends and new colleagues on the sandy beaches outside the Swan & Dolphin. In addition to great cuisine and beverages, beach volleyball and live music, this quintessential event allows you to enjoy the fresh air while connecting and exploring ideas with other experts from across the field.

If you haven’t yet registered for the iNACOL Symposium, click here to register now.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

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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 websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

 

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October 19, 2017

Find TLA At iNACOL

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Find TLA at iNACOL
We are looking forward to seeing many of you next week in Orlando at the 2017 iNACOL Symposium Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality. The Learning Accelerator is pleased to be presenting on numerous important topics in blended and personalized learning, in many instances with partner organizations and school leaders. Please join us at the sessions detailed below and follow us on Twitter @LearningAccel where we will be actively sharing.
Effectively Communicating about Personalized Learning
Monday, Oct. 238 – 11 a.m.
Effective communication is a cornerstone of successful innovation in education. School districts that develop thoughtful communications plans build a culture of engagement, transparency and trust that is critical for innovation both to take hold in the classroom and to be scalable across many schools. This hands-on workshop from TLA and Education Elements will review the four phases of developing an effective communications plan, explore real-world examples and provide attendees with an opportunity to learn from peers and test out key messages and ideas.
K-12 Blended and Online Learning Research Community Meeting
MondayOct. 23, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This day-long research community meeting hosted by TLA and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute will foster a space for researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders to come together and discuss newly published research, provide opportunities for networking, find funding opportunities, and drum up collaborative prospects. We’ll provide a chance for everyone to gain and give practical, applicable insights into measuring K-12 blended learning initiatives. In addition, we will hear from practitioners engaged in developing measurement systems for their own personalized learning initiatives in an interactive, no-holds-barred, “Ask Us Anything” format, with in-person and virtual participants and panelists.
Sustaining a Breakthrough Model – Case Studies on How to Support Innovation that Lasts
TuesdayOct. 2410 – 11 a.m.
So often in education, we spend time, money and energy planning, developing and implementing new initiatives, pouring our hearts and souls into a new effort – only to see it dissipate as funding goes away, as barriers are encountered or as priorities change. How can you avoid seeing this happen to your blended and personalized learning initiatives? How can you make your innovation “stick” and create an environment conducive of scale? Join TLA, our friends at Afton, and other education experts and leaders to think about the long term.
Bridge Building: Engaging Regions Locally and in Context to Build a National Strategy to Support Blended and Personalized Learning Educators
TuesdayOct. 24, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Supporting educators in implementing blended and personalized learning is an incredibly local task. Context influences the resources and solutions leaders turn to, as well as the role human capital providers can play. The Learning Accelerator is trying to bridge this gap by convening and deeply understanding learning networks, “ThinkTanks,” in eight regions across the U.S. This session will focus on key themes and lessons learned, as well as overall recommendations for local and national action.
Laboratories for Personalized Learning Innovation: How Top Public Charter Schools are Shaping the Future
TuesdayOct. 244 – 5 p.m.
The 74 Million and Rocketship will host an interactive discussion with top public charter school leaders, looking back, and into the future, of personalized learning. A recent RAND study found that public charter schools excel at implementing and scaling personalized learning programs. Participants will dig in to these findings, and discuss lessons learned and future plans for increasing student achievement and engagement through personalization.
Designing and Iterating Blended Learning Classroom Structures
Wednesday, Oct 25, 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Already on-board to start blended learning, but want some strategies on how to design your classroom? Join TLA and Rocketship in this collaborative workshop to gain key strategies and resources for planning, reflecting and iterating on blended learning classroom designs. We’ll share how we’ve approached blended learning across our schools and break into groups to discuss various strategies with building up quality systems and routines for blended and personalized learning.
There’s an Expert for That: Benefits, Challenges and Best Practices for Education Leaders in Engaging Consultants to Support Personalized Learning Initiatives
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Transforming schools is no easy task. Given this, education leaders are increasingly turning to external consultants to support their personalized learning (PL) initiatives. But how can leaders identify the right expert for a specific need? How can they set up projects for success? And who is building the PL expertise of consultants? We’ll tackle these questions in a dialogue between a seasoned PL district leader, two professional service providers and an entrepreneur helping connect them.
Beyond Minutes: Leveraging Your Blended Learning Data to Determine Efficacy
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Blended and personalized learning software programs provide the potential for incredibly granular analyses of how students are progressing through relevant content. However, making good on this opportunity often presents a challenge. With technology-facilitated audience participation, join TLA, Caliber SchoolsAspire Public Schools, and Distinctive Schools to discuss our successes and challenges in analyzing, visualizing and communicating blended learning data in our attempt to determine the efficacy of these software programs.
Other News…

Updated Blended & Personalized Learning At Work Website
We’ve refreshed our website and invite you to visit! Discover free, action-oriented strategies to implement blended and personalized learning, including how to:
  • Adopt specific teaching practices at the student level.
  • Create the conditions for success and scale at the school system level.
  • Build human capacity and support the people who are doing the work.
  • Measure progress to inform implementation and continuously improve.
Takeaways from the 2017 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference
Earlier this year, we co-hosted the 6th Annual Blended and Personalized Learning Conference with The Highlander Institute and the Christensen Institute. We brought together more than a thousand educators from around the country to share, discuss, and define educational practices. e are excited to share a new white paper, “From Maverick to Mainstream: Takeaways from the 2017 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference,” containing seven key tips that emerged from these discussions among leading innovators.


Thank you for your support!
Contact:
Beth Rabbitt, CEO
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The Learning Accelerator, 10605 Farallone Drive, Cupertino,, CA 95014

October 13, 2017

iNACOL Symposium | Earn Continuing Education Units and Graduate Credits

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida

Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to offer iNACOL Symposium attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) and graduate credits for attending the conference. See below for more information and instructions.

Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) 

Virginia Commonwealth University will offer 3.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), defined as ten hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, such as the iNACOL Symposium. For attendees wishing to earn CEUs during the Symposium, please sign up at the iNACOL Booth located on the lobby level near registration. There will be a $30 fee for processing the credits paid by check on-site or through credit card by directly registering through VCU (no cash). At the conclusion of the conference, a written assignment reflecting on your experience at the iNACOL Symposium will be required. Please contact Natalie Abel atnabel@inacol.org with questions.

Earn Graduate Credits

Dominican University of California will offer the opportunity to earn graduate credits. At the Symposium, you can earn 1 or 2 graduate semester credits for attending the conference and implementing the ideas you discover. View the syllabus and registration information or stop by their kiosk on-site in the registration area to meet with a university representative. If you have questions, contact Karianne Pulli at 800.626.5080.

Not yet registered for the iNACOL Symposium on October 23-25? Click here to register now. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida.

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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 websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

 

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October 11, 2017

Announcing the iNACOL Symposium Voices Hub

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida

Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL Symposium attendees can share what they’re learning at the iNACOL Voices Hub, an interactive podcasting center for capturing your thoughts, telling your story, sharing your ideas and learning from each other.

While at the Symposium, please take time to stop by the Voices Hub Lounge, located in the exhibit hall. Chat on mic with Courtney Belolan and Matt Shea, practitioners who are hosting the Voices Hub, and be part of podcast episodes on Symposium topics.

During the event, follow #VoicesHub and @PLearnMC to listen to podcasts and see what attendees are learning, hear Symposium highlights and more. Be sure to connect with us onTwitter at @nacol and use the conference hashtag: #inacol17.

Not yet registered for the iNACOL Symposium on October 23-25? Click here to register now. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida.

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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 websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

 

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