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April 17, 2020

Don’t Forget To Celebrate Your Work

Note these possible awards and how to apply.

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QM Award Nominations Close May 8

You, your team and your institution all represent an unwavering commitment to student success — not just now in these uncertain times but always. It’s time to get recognized for that dedication and the work you do every day to put students first.

Follow in the footsteps of institutions and individuals such as Cal State East BaySt. Petersburg College and Karen White — submit a nomination for a 2020 “Making a Difference for Students” QM Award.

Nominations are available in three categories:

  • Outstanding Impact by an Individual in Higher Education
  • Outstanding Impact by a Higher Education Organization
  • Outstanding Impact by a K–12 Individual or Organization

For examples of outstanding impact, take a look at our award criteria. Then, submit your nomination form by May 8.

Also due by May 8, nominations for the Ron Legon Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes visionary, innovative leaders who have had a significant impact on online education quality assurance policy or practice in higher education, K–12, publishing, or continuing education. Sound like someone you know? See the award criteria and submit a nomination.

All winners will be announced at the QM Connect Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, this October 25 – 28.

Please contact us if you need assistance with the nomination process or have questions about the process.

Just One Benefit of Submitting a Nomination

“Applying for a QM award offered our campus an opportunity to recognize the amazing work that Cal State East Bay’s faculty and staff are doing to support student success. By gathering the data and evidence for this award submission, our department was able to demonstrate the efforts of our campus community and all the work vital stakeholders such as the CSU Chancellor’s Office, Office of the Provost, and the various department’s faculty who contribute to increasing our number of QM-Certified courses on campus. Sharing this accomplishment with the campus helped motivate additional faculty to join our efforts in creating quality online courses that support all learners.” 
— Roger Wen, Senior Director of Cal State East Bay Online Campus

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November 2, 2019

Announcing iNACOL Symposium 2019 Innovator Award Winners

More from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues,

Aurora Institute, formerly known as iNACOL, recognized two outstanding leaders as recipients of the 2019 iNACOL Innovator Awards this morning as part of the 2019 iNACOL Symposium in Palm Springs, California. The annual iNACOL Innovator Awards distinguish individuals for innovative learning practices, and outstanding contributions in personalized learning.

Susan Patrick, Aurora Institute’s President and CEO, said, “It is an honor to introduce the recipients of the 2019 iNACOL Innovator Awards. Each individual has practiced dedication to challenging the current state of education and driving systems change that continues to focus on the future of learning for each and every student.”

2019 recipients include:

Jason Vest - Teacher - Hungary Creek Middle School in Henrico County, Virginia.
Personalized Learning Teacher of the Year Award:
Carissa Duran
Del Lago Academy Campus of Applied Science
Escondido Union High School District (CA)
Outstanding Contribution to Personalized Learning Award: 
David Ruff
Great Schools Partnership
Learn more about the iNACOL Innovator Awards here.

About Aurora Institute Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, Aurora Institute’s annual Symposium will bring together 2,500 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based 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 Aurora Institute  

The mission of Aurora Institute 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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August 17, 2019

REMINDER: iNACOL Symposium | Two Weeks Remain To Nominate For iNACOL Innovator Awards

A note from the neo-liberals.

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Dear Colleagues,

Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates education pioneers for their work in personalized, competency-based education. Nominations are now being acceptedfor the 2019 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Symposium in Palm Springs, CA, which runs October 28-31, 2019.

Nominations are still open for the following iNACOL Innovator Awards:

  1. iNACOL Teacher of the Year
  2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning

Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on the iNACOL Innovator Awards page of our website.

Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8 p.m. ET on August 31, 2019. Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET on September 7, 2019. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to awards@inacol.org.

Share this news with your colleagues:

  • Nominate a #teacher or #edleader for #iNACOL19 Innovator Awards! @nacol is still accepting applications: http://ow.ly/kxXG301ws3e
  • iNACOL is still accepting applications for @nacol Innovator Awards! Nominate a #teacher or #edleader here: http://ow.ly/kxXG301ws3e

We look forward to seeing you at the iNACOL Symposium.
About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based 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 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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July 25, 2019

REMINDER: iNACOL Symposium | Now Accepting Nominations For iNACOL Innovator Awards

An item from the neo-liberals.

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Dear Colleagues,

Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates education pioneers for their work in personalized, competency-based education. Nominations are now being acceptedfor the 2019 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Symposium in Palm Springs, CA, which runs October 28-31, 2019.

Nominations are now open for the following iNACOL Innovator Awards:

  1. iNACOL Teacher of the Year
  2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning

Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on the iNACOL Innovator Awards page of our website.

Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8 p.m. ET on August 31, 2019. Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET on September 7, 2019. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to awards@inacol.org.

Share this news with your colleagues:

  • Nominate a #teacher or #edleader for #iNACOL19 Innovator Awards! @nacol is now accepting applications: http://ow.ly/kxXG301ws3e
  • iNACOL is now accepting applications for @nacol Innovator Awards! Nominate a #teacher or #edleader here: http://ow.ly/kxXG301ws3e

We look forward to seeing you at the iNACOL Symposium.
About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based 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 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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July 13, 2019

iNACOL Symposium | Now Accepting Nominations For iNACOL Innovator Awards

A final item today from the neo-liberals.

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Dear Colleagues,Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates education pioneers for their work in personalized, competency-based education. Nominations are now being acceptedfor the 2019 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Symposium in Palm Springs, CA, which runs October 28-31, 2019.

Nominations are now open for the following iNACOL Innovator Awards:

  1. iNACOL Teacher of the Year
  2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning

Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on the iNACOL Innovator Awards page of our website.

Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8 p.m. ET on August 31, 2019. Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET on September 7, 2019. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to awards@inacol.org.

Share this news with your colleagues:

  • Nominate a #teacher or #edleader for #iNACOL19 Innovator Awards! @nacol is now accepting applications: http://ow.ly/kxXG301ws3e
  • iNACOL is now accepting applications for @nacol Innovator Awards! Nominate a #teacher or #edleader here: http://ow.ly/kxXG301ws3e

We look forward to seeing you at the iNACOL Symposium.
About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based 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 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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