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August 27, 2015

26 August 2015: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate K12, Inc. alert from yesterday…


As-it-happens update ⋅ August 26, 2015
News Activity: ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT), K12 (NYSE:LRN), PMFG (NASDAQ:PMFG), GenVec

K12, Inc. (NYSE:LRN) ended the last trading day at $12.28. Company weekly volatility is calculated as 4.45% and price to cash ratio as 2.40. K12, Inc.
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August 26, 2015

iNACOL Plugged In | 08.26.15

A final word from neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues:

Here is an update on our upcoming webinars, award nominations and the latest trends and news.

iNACOL Webinar on Game-Based Learning

On August 27, 2015, iNACOL is hosting a Teacher Talk webinar titled Why Minecraft? An Introduction to Minecraft in the Classroom. Presenter Lee Graham, PhD at University of Alaska Southeast, will explore how Minecraft, a game-based learning platform, is entering classrooms and being used as a tool to personalize learning. This webinar is free to attend, but please register to receive final login details. Visit the events section of the iNACOL website to register for upcoming webinars.

iNACOL Innovator Awards

Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates four education pioneers for their work in blended and online learning through the iNACOL Innovator Awards, presented at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. Nominations are now being accepted. Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8:00pm ETon August 31, 2015 to Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on the iNACOL Innovator Awards section of our website.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium Highlights Preview
I wanted to share some highlights of the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium this November 8-11 in Orlando. This blog post provides highlights of the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium sessions, iNACOL…

Global Highlights: A Scan of High-Performing Countries Using Elements of Competency-Based Education
Policymakers and educators in the U.S. can learn important lessons from high-performing education systems around the world. Last year,CompetencyWorks (an iNACOL initiative) surveyed and studied several…

Making Blended and Online Learning Accessible to All Learners
Blended and online learning hold great potential to better meet the needs of students with disabilities with personalization and adaptive learning. However, that potential can only be realized if new learning environments are designed…

iNACOL in the News

Assessing Competency-Based Education in Terms of Outcomes
Education Dive
Higher education has long been consumed with access rather than outcomes, but developing metrics for monitoring competency-based programs could provide an opportunity to change that. If nontraditional programs are going to…

Personalization, Tailored Instruction Vital to Blended Learning, New Report Says
A new report traces the evolution of “blended learning,” and argues that its value to the nation’s schools will hinge on the extent to which it can help educators tailor instruction to individual student needs. The International Association for…

Shifting the Professional Development Paradigm for K-12 Online Learning
Previously we discussed the landscape of online learning in higher education. The ground is shifting in K-12 education as well, and learning online is now not only an option for many students, but in some states a legislative mandate…

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
Orlando, Florida | November 8-11, 2015

iNACOL is pleased to announce the line-up of pre-conference workshopsscheduled to kick off the 2015 Symposium. Registration for pre-conference workshops is limited to ensure small group interactions and discussions, so please register for the session as soon as possible.

As a reminder, we are now accepting nominations for the 2015 iNACOL Innovator Awards. Only five days remain to provide your intent to nominate for the iNACOL Innovator Awards. Nominate your peers today.

Register for the Symposium here, and join the conversation on twitter using#inacol15.

Upcoming Webinars
Webinar | Accountability and Assessments to Support Student-Centered Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, August 27, 2015 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
Presenters include Susan Patrick and Maria Worthen from iNACOL.
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Teacher Talk Webinar | Why Minecraft? An Introduction to Minecraft in the Classroom
Wednesday, August 27, 2015 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Leadership Webinar | Realizing the Promise: Making Blended and Online Learning Accessible to All Learners
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Learn more and register.

The NROC Project Webinar | Back-to-School with NROC: Fresh, No-Cost Resources for Student Success
Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Teacher Talk Webinar | Google Apps for Education: The Fresh Air Curriculum
Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 6:007:00 pm ET
Learn more and register.

Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

A Reflection on the Field of Competency Education
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Eight Ways Educators Help Parents Promote Powerful Learning
Tom Vander Ark, EdWeek

Bill Gates: Why the Best Ideas in Education Come From the Classroom
Bill Gates, EdSurge

NC Virtual School Goal: Every Child, Every Class, Every Day
Carl Durocher, The News & Observer

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class
Katrina Schwartz, KQED/MindShift

How Assistive Technology is Changing Special Education
Philip Murphy, The Edvocate

What It’s Like to Teach GenDIY Students at Career Path High
Jessika Chandler, Huffington Post Education

Can Personalization Fix Education?
Natalie Wexler, The Washington Post

Canton High School to Offer Students Chinese Language
Ken Byron, Hartford Courant

Kettle Moraine Stands Out With High Achievement, Global Push
Alan J. Borsuk, Journal Sentinel

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iNACOL Innovator Award Nominations

A final item from Monday’s inbox…

Notices of intent to nominate due by 8/31/15
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Each year, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) honors and celebrates four education pioneers for their work in blended and online learning. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, held in Orlando, Florida from November 8-11.

You can read more about each award, including the Research Award, by clickinghere.

Please submit a notice of you intent to nominate by 8:00pm ET on August 31, 2015. Final nomination packages are due by September 14, 2015. Please send all intents to nominate and any suggestions to

All webinars are held via Adobe Connect and require only an audio output device. Attendees are encouraged to interact and ask questions using the text chat window.

To view a list of all of our upcoming webinars, visit our Webinars Page!

MVLRI’s Summer Research Collaborative will be held Wednesday, 8/26 at 2pm EDT. This is an opportunity for researchers to meet virtually and share feedback on one another’s work, as well as share and learn about any collaboration opportunities on grants, research, publications. etc. You can join this week’s meeting by logging into at the time of the meeting. We hope to see you there!
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Registration Is Now Open For Fall MOOC-Eds!

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All courses start September 28th


Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change

Coaching educators to create digital learning environments is a challenging, important, and highly collaborative role. Individuals who play this role are instrumental in cultivating a digital learning culture within their school, district and/or state. This course allows you to learn along with your colleagues from other schools and districts to enhance your digital learning content knowledge and further develop coaching strategies.

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Digital Learning Transition: Creating Future Ready Schools

The DLT MOOC-Ed will help you understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools, assess progress and set future goals for your school or district, and plan to achieve those goals. This course is organized around the Future Ready Schools Digital Learning Framework. This framework shows the Digital Learning Transition Vision-Plan-Implement-Assess cycle around the seven DLT planning elements, which are all centered on improving student learning. It also emphasizes that leadership is critical throughout the transition process.

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Learning Differences

All of us, children and adults alike, have different strengths and weaknesses in our learning. Historically, however, schools have approached student learning with a one-size-fits-all mentality and have struggled to adapt to changing student needs. That ends now. In order to help you change the way your students learn, this course will expand your knowledge related to learning differences, provide actionable strategies to impact the learning experience of your students, and cultivate a growth mindset related to learning differences.

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Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations

Our world is rich with data sources, and technology makes data more accessible than ever before! To help ensure students are future ready to use data for making informed decisions, many countries around the world have increased the emphasis on statistics and data analysis in school curriculum–from elementary/primary grades through college. This course allows you to learn, along with colleagues from other schools, an investigation cycle to teach statistics and to help students explore data to make evidence-based claims.

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Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute: “MVLRI Webinar: Open Learning”

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