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September 17, 2016

Mark Your Calendar For Ed Tech’s Largest Meeting Of The Minds

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ISTE 2017 JUNE 25-28 SAN ANTONIO
Mark your calendar for ed tech’s largest meeting of the minds
You’re pushing the boundaries of education by harnessing the power of technology to advance learning and teaching. Why not connect with other innovative educators and take your own skills to the next level at ISTE 2017 – the world’s most comprehensive ed tech meeting of the minds!
Save the date for ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, Texas, June 25-28, and sign up now for email updates.
For a taste of what you’ll learn at the ISTE Conference & Expo, check out these resources from ISTE 2016 presenters.

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ISTE 2017 – SAN ANTONIO
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September 16, 2016

iNACOL Symposium | Travel and Hotel Information

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Dear Colleagues,

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium is being held on October 25-28, 2016 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The iNACOL Symposium will bring together 3,400 experts and educational leaders from around the world-making it the leading event for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 education through competency-based, blended and online learning.

Register today.
Travel and Hotel Information

iNACOL has negotiated a group rate for several hotels, all of which are within walking distance to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Riverwalk, Alamo, restaurants, shopping and local attractions. This discounted rate is also being offered for three days prior to the conference and three days after the conferencebased on availability.

This special discount is available for attendees who register before October 3, 2016 for most hotels. (If you’re making a hotel reservation at the headquarter hotel, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, the reservation deadline is October 2, 2016.) We still have rooms remaining in our room blocks, but they are going quickly.

To receive this special group rate, you must make your hotel reservations through the dedicated iNACOL registration page located on the iNACOL Symposium website.

Note: The hotels and reservation links shown on the Symposium website are authorized hotels for the Symposium. Booking hotel rooms through 3rd party housing companies does not guarantee you a room in our block.

Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio.

About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning 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 25-28, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,400 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 more than 200 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 classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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IFWE 2016 Full Program Available – Register Today!

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 Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – Friday, December 2, 2016
Please join us November 30 – December 2, 2016 at the Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, TX 

for the next IFWE event!  IFWE is the International Forum for Women in eLearning presented by the USDLA. Recognizing the role of women leaders in the field, USDLA is proud to present IFWE every two years.
As a forum, IFWE includes open discussions, a voicing of ideas, and a number of presentations involving conversations that include audience participation. It is designed to tap into the resources of the attendees as well as other experts in their profession.
IFWE is an opportunity to share ideas, learn about eLearning programs and products, discuss issues, and gain a better understanding of being a successful leader. It also provides attendees with a wonderful opportunity to establish new relationships and contacts, find a mentor or become a mentor, and visit with old friends involved in eLearning. The format of the event allows attendees to learn about relevant topics from many different points of view.  IFWE is a time for attendees to listen, think, talk, network, reflect, dream and learn.
This year’s Conference theme is “IFWE: Connecting the eLearning World.”  Hope to see you in Texas for this wonderful event!
Registration rates:
  • Early Bird (until 9/1/16)/Presenter Rate – $400 USDLA Member / $450 USDLA Non-Member
  • Regular Registration Rate – $475 USDLA Member / $525 USDLA Non-Member
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
 
Cancellations must be received prior to November 1, 2016 to receive a conference refund (less a $75.00 processing fee per registration).  After, November 1, 2016 there are no registration refunds but you can transfer your registration to another attendee at no charge.  All refunds will be processed after December 2, 2016.
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Share Your Expertise! Submit a Proposal for the 2017 Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) Conference

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Call for Proposals Open for 2017 TxDLA Conference
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Call for Proposals Open for 2017 TxDLA Conference

Top Reasons to Submit a Proposal

1. Give back to the distance learning community.
2. Discover and network with others in your field of expertise.
3. Share your research or highlight your program/course.
4. Get approval from your institution to attend the conference!
5. It’s more fun to present than just attend!

Dear TxDLA Member,

The Call for Proposals is now open for the 2017 TxDLA Conference, “The Spirit of Adventure: 20 Years of Exploring Uncharted Territories,” March 28-31 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX.

Throughout the years, the field of distance education has led to many successful and unexpected adventures. As TxDLA members, we celebrate creating new pathways in distance learning to meet the needs of the modern lifelong learner. Increasing demand to support the need falls to experienced professionals who bravely explore uncharted territories, learn from past journeys, and envision new educational routes.

Playing off this theme, the 20th Annual 2017 TxDLA Conference will present a variety of topics and activities that support those courageous explorers, pushing distance education through uncharted territories. Sessions focus on trends in educational technology, innovative and best practice, research, accessibility & universal design, cybersecurity and data analytics, faculty & student support, PK-12, educational outreach & workforce development, administration, leadership & policy, gamification & virtualization, and more.

Types of Proposals Needed:

  • Pre-conference workshops are offered as a vehicle to get the conference started, set the stage for the conference theme, and discuss relevant issues.  These 2 ½ hour workshop sessions allow presenters to go in-depth into a topic or skill and include time for questions, discussions, and practice.  The pre-conference workshops will be held on Tuesday, March 28th.   You will be asked if you prefer to hold your workshop in the morning or in the afternoon. (2 ½ hours) – Submit a Proposal Now
  • Concurrent sessions provides an opportunity for you to give interactive presentations in one or more of the conference tracks.  Attendees will be seated in a classroom or theatre-style setting and will expect sessions to provide practical advice and the sharing of experiences. (50 minutes). See below for various types of concurrent sessions. – Submit a Proposal Now

Types of Concurrent Sessions:

  • Single presenter or multiple co-presenters.  Attendees prefer high-quality, thought-provoking and interactive sessions, not lecture format.   Co-presenters are encouraged.
  • BYOD Hands-on sessions allow participants to gain experience using a specific piece of technology.  Attendees will bring their own device allowing them to practice the concepts or skills you present.  Presenters must communicate any special hardware or software needs within the abstract of the proposal form, so the attendees will be prepared for the session.  Co-presenters are encouraged.
  • Panel discussions group together two or more experts who lead a discussion on a specific topic.  You may recruit your own colleagues to form a panel if you like or suggest a panel to be formed. If the program committee sees that your proposal matches well with another, they may contact you to ask if you would be willing to join a panel session.
  • Rapid Fire presentations group together three speakers who present different perspectives or different aspects of a topic.   Each rapid fire session will consist of multiple presenters with 10-15 minutes to present a topic or area of interest.  The program committee will match proposals submitted to create a cohesive rapid fire sessions. Presentations of preliminary research findings are encouraged to submit to a rapid fire session.
  • Academic papers allow for a lecture-style presentation of original quantitative or qualitative research and scholarly writings in relation to distance education practices, administration, development of courses/program, etc. TxDLA Journal authors are encouraged to submit to the conference to present publish materials and engage members in research focused discussions.

Come discover the distance education adventure that explores beyond traditional learning. It’s an unforgettable experience you can’t afford to miss!

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September 15, 2016

Manny Scott Keynoting 12th Annual iNACOL Symposium on October 28, 2016

And from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues,
iNACOL is pleased to announce original Freedom Writer Manny Scott will keynote the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Manny will share his story of how he went from being an “unreachable”

and “unteachable” student to  becoming a successful student, husband, father, entrepreneur and public servant. His message,The Power of One, inspires people to become change agents-“Page Turners”-who help others write new, more fulfilling chapters in their lives.
Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for this esteemed keynote, more than 260 thought-provoking sessions, and unparalleled networking opportunities onOctober 25-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is  Innovation for Equity + Redefining Success.

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Register to attend the leading event in K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning today, and please contact us with any questions.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning 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 25-28, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,400 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 more than 200 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 classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

Stay connected:

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