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October 2, 2015

Less Than A Week Left To Register For The Michael Horn Webinar!

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Michael Horn Webinar Registration Deadline
Tuesday, Oct. 6
3:00–4:00 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Michael HornMichael Horn is a co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and serves as the executive director of its education program. He leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research.


There are only a few days left to register for this free webinar with Michael Horn where you will learn how adaptive technology can make personalized learning more dynamic and responsive to your students’ needs.

Michael Horn is a renowned edtech and blended learning expert so don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience a live Q&A session with one of the industry’s top thought leaders.

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iNACOL Symposium Announces Keynote Presentations and Track Highlights

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2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

Dear Michael,

Connect with powerful innovators at the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. We are proud to announce the esteemed lineup of keynote presentations to inform, inspire, and propel thinking around student-centered learning.

Sustaining Lasting Change: Mobilizing Thousands Toward Student-Centered Learning
Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder, Free The Children, Me to We and We Day

Cultivating Student Ownership through Growth Mindset to Develop World-Class Learners
Eduardo Briceno, Co-Founder and CEO, Mindset Works

Student Plenary Panel: The Power of Student Voices

The Future of Personalized Learning: Reinventing Education
Buddy Berry, Superintendent, Eminence Independent School District
Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Tom Stritikus, Deputy Director of College Ready, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Education Reimagined: A Transformational Vision with Students at the Center
Becky Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association
Gisele Huff, Executive Director, Jacqueline Hume Foundation
Kelly Young, Executive Director, Education Reimagined

These inspirational keynote presentations are complemented by over 200workshops and sessions, which are categorized by track to guide attendees toward customized topics of their choice. This year, iNACOL is thrilled to offer 24 unique tracks, including Competency Education, Empowering Educators, Quality Assurance, Rethinking Assessments, and more. Two tracks, Blended Learning Programs-Charter and New Learning Models, have been made possible through the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation.

iNACOL is experiencing record-breaking registration for attendees. Learn more about the 2015 Symposium and register to attend today.

About the iNACOL Symposium

On November 8-11, the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of next generation learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world. iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning and gathers 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 more than 200 engaging interactive sessions, with tracks for K-12 online learning, K-12 blended learning, competency-based pathways, policy, research, quality assurance and much more. Learn more at

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. 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 online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. To learn more, please visit

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AERA Highlights – September 2015

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September 2015

Research Policy and Funding News
AERA Calls 
AERA in the News


Teresa McCarty to Give 2015 Brown Lecture—Register Now to Attend or Watch Live Online

Teresa L. McCarty, a professor at the University of California–Los Angeles and world-renowned scholar on Indigenous issues in education, will deliver AERA’s 2015 Brown Lecture in Education Research on October 22.
AERA Organization of Institutional Affiliates Holds Fall Policy Meeting 
Representatives of more than 50 graduate schools and education and research organizations attended AERA’s Organization of Institutional Affiliates (OIA) annual Fall Policy Meeting on September 20 and 21 in Washington, D.C.
AERA Cosponsors Congressional Briefing on Peer Review
On September 22, AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine moderated a congressional briefing—“NIH Priority Setting: How Peer Review Assists the NIH in Selecting the Best Science”—held by the Coalition to Promote Research.
Friends of IES Holds Briefings on Early Math Education Research

The Friends of IES organized two briefings in Washington, D.C., titled “Building Strength in Numbers: How Do Early Interventions in Math Instruction Add Up?” which highlighted important research on early math education.

Research Policy and Funding News

Proposed Common Rule Revisions Released 
On September 8, the Federal Register published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) noting proposed changes to the Common Rule, a set of federal regulations that guide the protection of human subjects in research.
Congress Acts to Keep the Federal Government Open
The Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) on September 30, the final day of the 2015 fiscal year, to keep the federal government open. The House has until midnight to follow suit to avert a government shutdown starting October 1.
White House Announces Executive Order on Using Behavioral Science Insights
On September 15, President Obama called on federal agencies and departments to use “behavioral science insights” to “design government policies to better serve the American people.”

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Recent media coverage of AERA and AERA-published research

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AERA Highlights is published by the American Educational Research Association monthly to inform members and others interested in education research about the latest news and developments in AERA and in the field.
Editor: Felice J. Levine
Managing Editors: Tony Pals and John Neikirk
Contributors: Juliane Baron, Jessica Campbell, David Presgraves, Christy Talbot, and Martha Yager

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The Pulse Newsletter: September Edition

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The Pulse: September Edition

Inside this issue of The Pulse newsletter, view our recent photo contest winners and learn more about the literary magazine and the student newspaper!  Yes…Florida Virtual School offers both – and much more!

Congrats to our 2015 Photo Contest Winners!

We heard from all kinds of spectacular students during our fall photo contest. We received photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook from students telling us how they have succeeded with FLVS. Congratulations to our winners and to all who entered!


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Did You Know?

Monday, October 5th is World Teachers’ Day and celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education.

Consider writing your teacher a short message of appreciation on Facebook!

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It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for Fall Courses

Fall is a busy time of year at FLVS! Students can register now to allow a better chance of getting the start dates they want.

Explore a few of our newest and most popular offerings:

Driver Education/Traffic Safety

Intensive Reading

MJ Critical Thinking, Study Skills, and Learning Strategies

Learn more here.

Student Newspaper Delivers News in a Click

News In A Click (NIAC) is an award-winning online student newspaper, created and published  completely online by FLVS students. NIAC and its staff members have won several state and national awards from the Florida Scholastic Press Association, and Quill and Scroll for writing, photography, and design. You can follow NIAC on Twitter here.

Visit News in a Click to learn more.

Virge is Accepting Submissions for Fall Edition

Virge, The Virtual Edge Literary Magazine, is accepting student submissions for the Fall 2015 edition now through Oct. 18. Students can submit original art, photography, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction for this beautiful student-created publication.
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IRRODL Announcement 16.5

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IRRODL Issue 16(3)
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International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Dear colleagues,

This special issue of IRRODL on OER and MOOCs is now available. It is supported by UNESCO, which has also provided funding to enlarge and promote IRRODL’s inclusion of OER and other forms of open distributed education research. Take a look!

Vol 16, No 5 (2015)

Special Issue: OER and MOOCs

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Editorial: Volume 16, Number 5
Rory McGreal

Research Articles

David Annand
Min Yuan, Mimi Recker
Royce Kimmons
Patrick Lowenthal, Charles Hodges
Maria Joseph Israel
Jingjing Zhang, Kirk Perris, Qinhua Zheng, Li Chen
Rory McGreal, Terry Anderson, Dianne Conrad
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