Virtual School Meanderings

April 21, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 4/27: An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers

And from the neo-liberals…

To view this email as a web page, go here.

An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers

Thursday, April 27, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a webinar on an introduction to K-12 competency-based education and its potential benefits.

Educators across the country are beginning to realize the promise of competency-based education, designed to help students successfully master skills at each step, year after year, by ensuring they advance after they demonstrate proficiency. The concept behind competency education is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery of learning targets with the supports they need, rather than the number of hours spent in a classroom with variable amounts of actual learning.

Join this webinar to hear from competency education experts andCompetencyWorks co-founders, Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis for an introduction to competency education in K-12 education systems. Explore the definition of competency education, understand the field’s trends and why districts and schools are making this transition, and learn how competency-based approaches more effectively prepare students for post-secondary success.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Competency-based education systems are an important foundation for ensuring innovation for equity. The trends point to more and more states offering flexibility for personalized, competency-based instructional designs that ensure students master lessons before advancing, forming a solid foundation for their next steps in learning. To address equity, education systems must provide the resources, supports and commitment to progress on goals for all students realizing successful outcomes indicated by readiness for college and preparedness for future employment.”

MetisNet Principal Chris Sturgis said, “Across the country, districts are turning to competency education because the transparency and intentionality engages and motivates students while enabling a much richer collaboration among teachers.”

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

Webinar Title: An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers


  • Chris Sturgis, Principal, MetisNet; Co-Founder, CompetencyWorks
  • Susan Patrick, President and CEO, iNACOL; Co-Founder,CompetencyWorks

Share this Webinar on Twitter:

  • April #Webinar: An Overview of #K12 #CompetencyBased #Education for #EdLeaders & #Teachers @nacol@CompetencyWorks 

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.

Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Linkedin Linkedin
YouTube YouTube
This email was sent to:

This email was sent by: North American Council for Online Learning dba International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
1934 Old Gallows Road, Suite 350, Vienna, VA, 22182-4040, United States

We respect your right to privacy – view our policy

April 19, 2017

Webinar: 4/20 at 3:30pm EDT – Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report

These reports are always an interesting read, so be sure to check out this webinar.

Learn all about the state of K-12 virtual learning in Michigan.
View this email in your browser
This webinar session will present an overview of MVLRI’s annual report on the effectiveness of K-12 virtual learning in Michigan, and will include detailed information on enrollments, performance rates, and the overall impact of virtual learning on students in the 2015-16 school year.

Login at at the time of the session to participate!

You can read our recap of the 2017 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in our latest MVLRI blog post. The conference was a great opportunity to connect, share and learn from others doing work in this space, and we look forward to next year’s event!
A recently released MVLRI report from the Changing Roles of Educators series, examining the shifts in the roles and responsibilities of K-12 educators as a result of evolving instructional models, focuses on teachers implementing elements of blended learning in their classrooms. The full report is available online.
Copyright © 2017 Michigan Virtual University, All rights reserved.
=Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute · 3101 Technology Blvd · Ste G · Lansing, Mi 48910 · USA

April 17, 2017

Flip The Switch To A Digital Curriculum!

From the inbox earlier today…


Flip the switch to a digital curriculum!

Change the way YOU deliver creative and accessible content to your diverse digital learners. Quickly and easily learn new ways to address all of the needs of each student when creating lessons using SoftChalk Cloud.

Create – Sky is the limit when it comes to the content YOU make to inspire your digital learner. Activities, quizzes and media will engage and push your students to new heights inside and outside the classroom.

Manage – From learning content and assessments to your own lesson branding, managing it all is simple with SoftChalk Cloud.

Share – Whether it is for your students or the world—anytime, anywhere on any device, collaborate on content development with colleagues… all from the Cloud.

Register for a free demo today and we will show you how SoftChalk Cloud can meet all of your needs and more with our award winning SoftChalk Create authoring solution for creating lessons that integrate with any learning management system!

fading line.jpg
Wednesday, April 19 4:00PM ET YellowRegisterNowButton.png
Friday, May 5 3:00PM ET YellowRegisterNowButton.png
Tuesday, May 23 4:00PM ET YellowRegisterNowButton.png
fading line.jpg

We look forward to seeing you at a demo!

SoftChalk LLC 22 S. Auburn Ave. Richmond VA 23221  877-638-2425

Press Release | and MeTEOR Education Launch New Program on High-Impact Learning Environments

Also from Sunday’s inbox… - A professional social network for the education community
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE and MeTEOR Education Launch New Program on High-Impact Learning Environments

PRINCETON, NJ, April 17, 2017 – and MeTEOR Education announce the launch of the free professional learning community on to help educators at all levels create high-impact learning environments and experiences for their students.

Linda Dove, M.Ed., and Director of Learning Experiences at MeTEOR Education, presented an opening edWebinar on April 3rd to launch the program to an audience of over 300 educators from around the country and the world. She presented research that shows the impact of effective learning environments on student performance. Educators were highly engaged during the program and had lots of questions about how to design effective environments that encourage students to take risks, work for special needs students, and help to manage disruptive behaviors. They wanted suggestions on how to afford creating new environments when resources are limited.

MeTEOR Education is sponsoring a community on edWeb, Classroom Environments: From Class Set-up to Student Engagement by Design, which is a free online community that will provide educators with opportunities to collaborate on ideas, successful practices, and resources related to classroom environments, student engagement, and more. The community will be hosting a series of edWebinars during the year, and educators will earn CE certificates for attending.

Joe Forgét, VP of Brand Strategy at MeTEOR Education, commented on the lively engagement in the initial edWebinar, “The level of discussion we experienced in the chat room was inspiring. The participants were sharing some of their challenges while offering up possible solutions to their peers. We are very excited about future engagement in the Classroom Environments community as we expand on our edWebinar series.”

Lisa Schmucki, founder of, commented, “We’ve presented some webinars on edWeb that have touched on the topic of classroom learning environments and educators are so interested in this topic. We’re really excited to launch a new online community!”

Educators are invited to join the free Classroom Environments: From Class Set-up to Student Engagement by Design professional learning community on for invitations to upcoming edWebinars, online discussions, and access to resources.

View the opening April 3rd edWebinar, “Engaging Students Through High-Impact Learning Environments.”

For more information, contact: 

Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO,
908-407-2755 |

Joe Forgét, VP of Brand Strategy
800-699-7516 |

About is a free professional learning and social network that is a highly engaged community of connected educators who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at PreK-12 and post-secondary institutions who are working together to provide peer leadership, training, and support. Educators are creating their own communities on edWeb, and also participating in edWeb’s professional learning communities and edWebinar programs. edWeb’s growing ecosystem is a collaboration space where educators and thought leaders in the education industry gather and share ideas that can improve learning for all students. Learn more at or follow on Twitter @edwebnet.

About MeTEOR Education
MeTEOR Education is a leading educational services partner working with education professionals to help them create High-impact Learning Experiences™. As one of the largest providers of learning spaces, including furnishings and interior design services, MeTEOR’s focus is the integration of best practices for teaching and learning to drive inquiry-based instruction, effective use of modern classrooms, and increased student achievement. To learn more visit:

Forward this email | 621 Executive Drive | Princeton | NJ | 08540

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute Just Uploaded A Video

From Friday’s inbox…

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute has uploaded MVLRI Webinar: Professional Learning for Blended Education in Michigan
Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute
© 2017 YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066
You were sent this email because you chose to receive updates from Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.
Next Page »

Blog at