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October 20, 2017

iNACOL Symposium: 10/24 Networking Event

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida
Dear Colleagues,

The iNACOL Symposium Networking Event is on Tuesday, October 24 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.outdoors at the Swan & Dolphin cabana deck, beach and pool area. Refresh and re-energize at this Beach BBQ Party. Don’t forget to pack your casual attire and flip flops.

Join us for a wonderful evening of relaxing and networking over food and drinks with friends and new colleagues on the sandy beaches outside the Swan & Dolphin. In addition to great cuisine and beverages, beach volleyball and live music, this quintessential event allows you to enjoy the fresh air while connecting and exploring ideas with other experts from across the field.

If you haven’t yet registered for the iNACOL Symposium, click here to register now.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

 

The iNACOL 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 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 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 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 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 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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October 18, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 10.18.17

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 10.18.17

Dear Colleagues:

The iNACOL Symposium is next week, October 23-25, in Orlando, Florida. Connect with us during the event on Twitter at @nacol and #inacol17. Attendees can find conference information and plan their schedules by visiting the iNACOL Symposium website or downloading the iNACOL Symposium mobile app. Here are helpful links in advance of the Symposium:

Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Why the Increased Focus on Social-Emotional Learning?
With increasing frequency, social-emotional learning (SEL) is getting renewed attention — in research, in policy and in the classroom. It’s not a new concept, so why is there new interest? Education stakeholders increasingly realize that it…

State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education
The traditional, time-based K-12 education system is ill-equipped to prepare all students for success. Even with high school graduation rates at an all-time high (82%), graduates are entering college with 37% needing remediation, and only…

Recommendations for State Policymakers to Build Competency-Based Systems
Fully-developed, student-centered systems require significant shifts in policy and practice. They require the right balance of policies that create space for innovation and those that ensure equity with adequate supports and quality…

Leadership in Student-Centered, Equitable Learning Environments
Across the world, educators are transforming their schools to create more student-centered, equitable learning environments. Effective leadership is critical to the success and sustainability of this transformation. To better understand…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

November Leadership Webinar | Charting the Course for the Next Phase of K-12 Competency-Based Education
November 8, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Theme: Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality

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

Catalyzing Equity through Culturally Responsive Education and Competency-Based Education
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

When the Focus Is On The Student, Not The Class
Rachel Gotbaum, NPR Ed

Personalized Learning… Is It All a Matter of Time?
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute

A Learner-Centered Culture Includes Educators, Too
Amanda Avallone, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Taming the Wild West of Digital Badges and Credentials
Michael Horn, Forbes

Competency-Based Instruction in Concord Means New Grades on Report Cards
Lola Duffort, Concord Monitor

iNACOL in the News

Why Students in Public and Private High Schools Will All Benefit from a Mastery Transcript
Patricia Russell and Susan Bell, Education Dive
Some might say we’re unlikely partners because we represent two distinct areas in the educational universe — private and public schools. As different as we may seem, we share so many of the same goals for students. In fact, after learning…

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort is Reimagining Learning
Bruce Anderson, EdSurge
How do you find educators who want to completely rethink our notions of what a school is and design something entirely new? That was the question gnawing at Scott Benson two years ago when he ran into his friend — and fellow senior…

EdReform in the Modern Era
Tom Vander Ark, Education Week
Most of what is considered innovative today has a long sordid history behind it. American education reform over the last hundred years has been driven by some recurring themes: early learning, school models, standards-based reform…

15 Dimensions of Personalized Learning
Tom Vander Ark, Education Week
As the dominant meme of U.S. education, personalized learning is frequently discussed and debated. We’ve each developed a mental model of what it is aspirationally and how that’s different from what we used to do. While there is…

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October 13, 2017

iNACOL Symposium | Earn Continuing Education Units and Graduate Credits

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida

Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to offer iNACOL Symposium attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) and graduate credits for attending the conference. See below for more information and instructions.

Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) 

Virginia Commonwealth University will offer 3.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), defined as ten hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, such as the iNACOL Symposium. For attendees wishing to earn CEUs during the Symposium, please sign up at the iNACOL Booth located on the lobby level near registration. There will be a $30 fee for processing the credits paid by check on-site or through credit card by directly registering through VCU (no cash). At the conclusion of the conference, a written assignment reflecting on your experience at the iNACOL Symposium will be required. Please contact Natalie Abel atnabel@inacol.org with questions.

Earn Graduate Credits

Dominican University of California will offer the opportunity to earn graduate credits. At the Symposium, you can earn 1 or 2 graduate semester credits for attending the conference and implementing the ideas you discover. View the syllabus and registration information or stop by their kiosk on-site in the registration area to meet with a university representative. If you have questions, contact Karianne Pulli at 800.626.5080.

Not yet registered for the iNACOL Symposium on October 23-25? Click here to register now. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

 

The iNACOL 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 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 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 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 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 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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October 11, 2017

Announcing the iNACOL Symposium Voices Hub

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida

Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL Symposium attendees can share what they’re learning at the iNACOL Voices Hub, an interactive podcasting center for capturing your thoughts, telling your story, sharing your ideas and learning from each other.

While at the Symposium, please take time to stop by the Voices Hub Lounge, located in the exhibit hall. Chat on mic with Courtney Belolan and Matt Shea, practitioners who are hosting the Voices Hub, and be part of podcast episodes on Symposium topics.

During the event, follow #VoicesHub and @PLearnMC to listen to podcasts and see what attendees are learning, hear Symposium highlights and more. Be sure to connect with us onTwitter at @nacol and use the conference hashtag: #inacol17.

Not yet registered for the iNACOL Symposium on October 23-25? Click here to register now. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida.

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The iNACOL 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 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 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 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 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 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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October 7, 2017

Register to Attend the iNACOL Symposium

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality - October 23-25, 2017 Orlando, Florida
Dear Colleagues,

Register now for the iNACOL Symposium held on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s theme is “Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality.”

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iNACOL’s annual conference is the premier event for K-12 personalized, competency-based, blended and online learning and convenes 3,000 practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from across the United States and around the world. With more than 200 engaging and dynamic workshops and sessions to choose from, attendees can access expertise, analysis, the latest trends, research and thought-provoking knowledge sharing to personalize their professional learning and shape the future of education.

The iNACOL Symposium includes tracks for competency education, leadership, professional development, policy and advocacy, quality assurance, human capital, community engagement, blended learning, research, online learning and many more.

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For questions, please contact the iNACOL Symposium team. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL 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 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 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 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 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 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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