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July 21, 2016

Register for the iNACOL Symposium | Session Highlights

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Dear Colleagues,

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium this October 2016 will provide  260 workshops and sessions exploring trends and developments in personalized learning. There are session strands focused on the leading-edge school designs for competency-based education as well as blended and online learning. Experts and practitioners share the latest research, promising practices and tools for creating powerful, personalized learning experiences for all students and building understanding to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education.

The iNACOL Symposium is October 25-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.Register here for the iNACOL Symposium with the early-bird registration discounted rate.

Below, are highlights of a few of the 260+ sessions presentations offered at the conference:

Rethinking Educator Learning to Move Toward Competency-Based Learning

How does a state or district reimagine professional learning, pre-service and in-service, to accelerate the transition to competency-based learning? Come join us for both a discussion of our work in New Hampshire from the perspective of pre-service higher education partners, district leadership and state leadership AND a design session to help you get started.

  • Paul Leather, New Hampshire Department of Education
  • Adam Rubin, 2Revolutions
  • Jonathan Vander Els, Sanborn School District
  • Raymond McNulty, Southern New Hampshire University

Proving Ground: Using Evidence to Drive Change
Proving Ground, a Center for Education Policy Research initiative at Harvard University, is developing a new research infrastructure to allow districts & CMOs to quickly learn about the relationship between their interventions and student outcomes in order to improve implementation, assess impact, and inform decision-making. Session participants will learn about this infrastructure, the relationship between specific education software usage and student outcomes, review sample reports and engage in a discussion about how data can help inform change.

  • Bi Vuong, Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University
  • John Rice, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Elena Salina, Aspire Public Schools
  • Stacey Wang, Oakland Unified School District

Transforming Education with Learners at the Center
How do we realize a new future of learning in which every child fulfills their boundless potential? Join us to explore the learner-centered universe. Play with and expand your notions of where, how, when and with whom learning happens. Engage with pioneers and learn from their transformational journeys to reimagine and create learning environments that work for all. Join a conversation with pioneers to develop new and further existing ideas to redesign learning in your own community.

  • Kelly Young, Convergence
  • Trace Pickering, Iowa BIG
  • Margaret Black, Big Thought
  • Virgel Hammonds, KnowledgeWorks  

Strategies to Support Educators in Creating Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments
Panelists will share the steps they took to empower teachers to implement personalized, learner-centered teaching in their schools. They will share strategies on how they support teachers on a daily basis. We will include discussions on the Educator Competencies for Personalized Learner-Centered Teaching and Micro-credentials to guide teachers as they build the skills they need to teach in learner-centered environments. The panel is moderated by Kathleen McClaskey from Personalize Learning, LLC.

  • Kathleen McClaskey, Personalize Learning, LLC
  • Barbara Bray, Personalize Learning, LLC
  • Betty Wottreng, Verona Area School District
  • Tuesday Rammuni, Liberty Elementary School
  • Dennis Russo, Pinellas County Schools

Amplifying Teacher Voice to Uncover & Address EdTech Market Gaps

The NewSchools Ignite team will engage the audience to participate in a market research focus group on instructional pain points they have in the classroom and how edtech can play a role in addressing them. We’ll share what we’ve learned as we’ve invested in edtech market gaps and our ventures have undergone usability and/or feasibility testing with students and teachers. We’ll invite educators to help us influence the edtech market to best meet the needs of students and their teachers.

  • Esther Trioche, NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Tonika Cheek Clayton, NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Cameron White, NewSchools Venture Fund
  • John Terada, NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Eva Gonda Green, NewSchools Venture Fund

Bottom Up Strategy to Implement ESSA in New Mexico
The session will address the actions that communities in New Mexico have taken to harness the demand for change in public education. The strategy to implement the ESSA was done through an assets lens by incorporating community voice, cutting-edge practice, and policy expertise to develop the blueprint. The presenters will describe the process and methods used to engage a wide variety of community members and policy experts to shape a new direction for the state.

  • Tony Monfiletto, New Mexico Center for School Leadership
  • Angelo Gonzales, Mission Graduate
  • Javier Martinez, Partnership for Community Action (PCA)

Blended Learning for Secondary Students: How Four Districts are Increasing Student Outcomes
Join us for a panel discussion, moderated by blended learning expert Michael Horn, featuring four districts who have implemented successful blended learning programs for middle school and high school. Learn about implementation successes and failures, and what has and hasn’t worked through real-life examples. Districts looking to launch a new blended learning program or those taking it to the next level will hear new ideas and approaches with proven efficacy on how to maximize student outcomes.

  • Michael Horn, Author of Disrupting Class and Blended
  • Kim Loomis, Clark County School District
  • Janice Manfred, Boston Public Schools
  • Leeann Schubert, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Ryan Imbriale, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Betsy Hardy, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES

Diffusing Innovation: Beyond Pockets of Excellence
How might we accelerate the spread of promising practices in our classrooms and school communities? While innovative research, policies and technologies have the potential to transform learning for all students and close the achievement gap, many of these are not sticking or spreading beyond a few pockets of excellence. In this session, participants will learn about emerging approaches that engage educators in translating promising ideas into meaningful action. 

  • Zoe Stemm-Calderon, Raikes Foundation
  • Helayne Jones, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Katherine Casey, Denver Public Schools
  • Michelle King, The Environmental Charter School
  • Masa Uzicanin, Sevenzo

T5-A Teen’s Totally Techy Teacher Tools
Want to hear from a middle school student about Web 2.0 tools that kids love? Then this session is for you! Come hear about the latest and greatest tech tools and specifics on how to embed them into your lessons. Bring your laptop and questions, and I’ll walk you through over 25 applications plus even more instructional examples. Examples range from project-based learning, flipped and blended lesson inclusions, passion projects, and some of the most awesome and crazy good tech tools in the world!

  • Brooke Berry, Eminence Independent Schools (Student)
  • Buddy Berry, Eminence Independent Schools 

The Future of Curriculum and Instructional Tools
Members of the Gates Foundation will share some of the key work happening in the field to increase the availability of high-quality, Common Core-aligned curriculum materials, and increase the reliable market information about the quality of curriculum offerings. In a lively panel discussion, we’ll discuss the future vision of curriculum.

  • Henry Hipps, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

We hope to see you at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium held in San Antonio, Texas on October 25-28, 2016Register here 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 website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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Registration Is Open: 2016 International Forum for Women in eLearning (IFWE)

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San Antonio, Texas
 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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The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org

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July 20, 2016

[CNIE-L] Help Bring Education To All. Submit Your Proposal For The 2016 COHERE Conference.

Another notice of this pan-Canadian conference.

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Deadline for submissions has been extended toJuly 26th, 2016, 11:59 pm MDT .

Go the “Distance” to Bring Education to All

Submit your proposal for the 10th Annual COHERE Conference

We are now accepting proposals that align with this year’s theme of “Education for All: Equity Issues and Online Learning”. From the “double remote” locations of Yukon College and Cape Breton University, you have the opportunity to present your paper that explores:

·  Sustainable futures for online higher education
·  Open education models
·  The organization of fully online and blended learning for distance and on-campus students
·  The role and structure of online learning in large and small institutions
·  Collaboration projects such as e-Campus initiatives
·  The impact of relatively large online enrollments on primarily f2f institutions
·  Student wellness and/or retention in online and blended learning
·  Issues in of accessibility relative to geography, disability, gender, culture, and language
·  Innovative strategies in course design and program delivery
·  Online learning and Indigenous education models
·  Any other topics related to remote learners, remote campus locations, or both

To submit proposals, please fill out the submission form available
http://cohere.ca/2016-call-for-proposals-form/

Please indicate which of the two conference locations you plan to attend. If you will be presenting remotely, please indicate your remote location.

Accepted proposals will be notified by August 1st, 2016.

We look forward to your proposal.

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July 17, 2016

Big Names, Big Ideas at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

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Big Names, Big Ideas at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

We are honored to have some of the nation’s leading experts in online and distance education as keynote speakers at this year’s Distance Teaching & Learning Conference. Richard Culatta, Michelle Miller, and Karl Kapp complement one another to bring groundbreaking insights that can transform how we teach and learn with technology. You can get a glimpse into what they will be talking about by reading our interviews from the blog with the conference keynote speakers.


Richard Culatta is the former director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, where he focused on educational innovation. In his keynote, “Technology as a Tool to Reimagine Learning,” he’ll discuss the latest strategies for creating personalized learning. He’ll also focus on how to enhance the user experience in online course design.

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In her keynote, “Getting Into the Minds of Learners to Guide Teaching With Technology,” Prof. Michelle Miller of Northern Arizona University will explain how cognitive, brain, and learning sciences can improve online education and motivate students in new ways.

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Prof. Karl Kapp of Bloomsburg University is a leading authority in the convergence of learning and technology. In his keynote, “The Quest for Learner Engagement,” he’ll explore strategies for enhancing learner engagement, drawing on game-design concepts. Kapp’s presentation will be full of actionable tactics for attendees to use when designing and delivering online courses.

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Richard, Michelle and Karl are just three of the many experts in online and distance education who will present at the 2016 Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, in Madison, Wisconsin. We hope you’ll join us this year, August 9-11.

Best,
Les Howles
Director of Distance Education Professional Development
University of Wisconsin‑Madison Continuing Studies

The Distance Teaching & Learning Conference, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin‑Madison, will be held August 9‑11, 2016, at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin.

Register by July 25 to lock in the early bird rate!

Questions? Contact Kimary Peterson • kimary.peterson@wisc.edu @wisc.edu608‑265‑4159
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July 15, 2016

iNACOL Symposium | Early-Bird Registration Discounts End July 15, 2016

Another reminder from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues,

Tomorrow (July 15, 2016) is the last day to take advantage of early-bird discounts on attendee registration for the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts to attend the iNACOL Symposium, being held on October 25-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Attendee registration is now open, and early-bird registration discounts are available untilJuly 15, 2016. This year’s theme is “Innovation for Equity + Redefining Success.”

Don’t miss out on early-bird pricing discounts. Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today!

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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 150 engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the 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 Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.

 

 

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