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February 21, 2018

Plugged In | 2.21.18

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 2.21.18Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is now accepting proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee on October 21-24, 2018. This year’s theme is: Driving the Transformation of LearningThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, March 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.For tips on submitting your presentation proposal, iNACOL is hosting a Special Edition Webinar on Thursday, February 22 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will explain the RFP process and timeline for proposal selection, and highlight ways to design interactive sessions that generate meaningful collaboration and foster engagement. Share this RFP Announcement on Twitter:

  • iNACOL is now accepting presentation proposals for #inacol18, held onOct. 21-24 in Nashville. Submit your proposal before 3/16:http://ow.ly/yh0030ipn1l @nacol
  • Interested in presenting at the @nacol Symposium, Oct. 21-24 in Nashville? iNACOL is now accepting proposals to present, due 3/16. Submit proposal here: http://ow.ly/yh0030ipn1l

TransformEd published Accounting for the Whole Child, which highlights research behind measuring social emotional learning and promising ways to support data-informed approaches to social emotional learning.

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Multiple Measures Data Reporting in Vermont and California
In personalized, competency-based education, schools should have far better data to support student learning, provide greater transparency and analyze and continuously improve on their practice through data and reporting with multiple…

Case Study: Lindsay High School Transforms Learning for English Language Learners with Personalized, Competency-Based Education in California
The following case study represents promising practices in the field using personalized, competency-based learning specifically for ELL students. Each case study in this blog series is considered promising in that they incorporate…

New iNACOL Policy Issue Brief Identifies State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning
Developing educator capacity is critical for transforming the K-12 education system to prepare every student with the knowledge and skills for future success. There is a need for state educational leaders, educators and…

Considerations for Next Generation Accountability System Redesign
As policymakers think long term about accountability redesign, an important first step in the development of a next generation accountability system is to create a clear vision of student success with diverse internal and external stakeholders…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

February Special Edition Webinar | An Introduction to Submitting Your Proposal to Present at the iNACOL Symposium 2018
February 22, 2018  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

March Leadership Webinar | Learning Outside the Classroom: Launching, Improving and Sustaining High School Internship Programs
March 14, 2018  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2018
Save the Date: October 21-24, 2018, Nashville, TN

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

Sign On to the 10 Principles of Building a High Quality System of Assessments
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Rethinking Grade Levels and School Design for Personalized Learning
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report

Taking a Risk with Authentic Learning at Boston International Newcomers Academy
Sujata Bhatt, Carolyn de Jesus Martinez, Deina da Costa Lopes, and Panion Tase, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Beyond the Blueprint: Building a Community of Transformation
Dr. Ryan Krohn, Education Reimagined

Report: States Implementing Practices to Increase Educational Equity
Linda Jacobsen, Education Dive

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students
Maurice J. Elias

My Educator Journey with Micro-Credentials
Jennifer Vandiver, Digital Promise

iNACOL in the News

Educator Development Key to Statewide Personalized Learning, iNACOL Says
Sarah Schwartz, Education Week
States integrating personalized, competency-based learning need to take the lead in preparing their teachers to implement these instructional models, argues a new issue brief from iNACOL. The brief encourages states to identify…

New, MIT-Based Program Proposes Transforming Physicists, Engineers into Teachers
Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
Doyung Lee is a living rebuke to the old maxim that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach. Lee, who is 24, has a bachelor’s degree in engineering that led him to become a programmer, a profession with high pay and good…

Will Letter Grades Survive?
Laura McKenna, Edutopia
Under pressure from an unprecedented constellation of forces — from state lawmakers to prestigious private schools and college admissions offices — the ubiquitous one-page high school transcript lined with A–F letter grades may…

States Urged to Emphasize Competency-Based Learning in the ESSA Era
Leo Versel, Education Week
State policymakers should use the flexibility in the Every Student Succeeds Act to “transform accountability,” and move to more sophisticated models that emphasize competency-based learning and preparation for college…

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February 16, 2018

Request For Presentation Proposals Is Open | iNACOL Symposium 2018

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee

Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee on October 21-24, 2018. This year’s theme is: Driving the Transformation of LearningiNACOL’s annual conference is the premier learning conference for those driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators gather and work to transform education.

To access the RFP and submit your proposal to present, please click hereThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You can download the RFP questions in advance by clicking this link. The iNACOL Program Committee will notify applicants of proposal status no later than Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

The iNACOL Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based learning environments, drawing on participant experiences and promoting dialogue and exchange.

For tips on submitting your presentation proposal, we are hosting a Special Edition Webinar on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will explain the RFP process and timeline for proposal selection, and highlight ways to design interactive sessions that generate meaningful collaboration and foster engagement. Register for the webinar here. If you can’t attend the webinar due to timing issues, you can still register and we’ll send you the archived webinar to view.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Christy Ellis, Events Project Manager, at cellis@inacol.org. For other frequently asked questions, explore the Symposium FAQs web page.

Registration for the Symposium will open in early spring. Find more information on the iNACOL Symposium website, and follow our TwitterFacebook andLinkedIn feeds for updates.

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  • iNACOL is now accepting presentation proposals for #inacol18, held onOct. 21-24 in Nashville. Submit your proposal before 3/16:http://ow.ly/yh0030ipn1l @nacol
  • Interested in presenting at the @nacol Symposium, Oct. 21-24 in Nashville? iNACOL is now accepting proposals to present, due 3/16. Submit proposal here: http://ow.ly/yh0030ipn1l

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About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. OnOctober 21-24, 2018, iNACOL’s annual conference 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 

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February 15, 2018

iNACOL Webinar | 3/14: Learning Outside the Classroom: Launching, Improving and Sustaining High School Internship Programs

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

Learning Outside the Classroom: Launching, Improving and Sustaining High School Internship Programs

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, iNACOL will host a Leadership webinar to share ways to implement a successful internship program for schools and districts.

Educators across the country are seeking ways to ensure students are building the necessary skills to prepare them for successful futures. Internships are a powerful tool to provide students with authentic learning experiences, connected to their communities and the real world, and aligned to their interests and passions. By breaking down the classroom walls and extending learning out into the community, students develop agency, ownership and choice while accelerating and deepening learning.

Join this webinar for ways to develop, improve and sustain an internship program in your school or district. Hear from practitioners who launched internship programs in their schools who are sharing what they have learned and key takeaways. Understand why authentic, real-world learning is vital for success in college, career and life. Get tips on ways to get started and promising practices for leading a successful internship that helps prepare students for success. Education leaders will discuss top-level considerations when designing internship programs, such as compliance, quality, student interests, processes, and considerations for practice.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “New school models are including internships to expand authentic learning opportunities for students to apply knowledge in real-world experiences to build on students’ talents and interests, while developing the skills and dispositions critical for future success.”

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: Learning Outside the Classroom: Launching, Improving and Sustaining High School Internship Programs

Presenters:

  • Jennifer Ghidiu, Regional Director of Network Support & Research, Big Picture Learning
  • David Berg, Director of Technology, Big Picture Learning

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  • Join @nacol #Leadership #Webinar: #Learning Outside the #Classroom: Launching, Improving and Sustaining #HighSchool #InternshipPrograms w/ @JenniferGhidiu and @DavidBerg10 http://ow.ly/yriL30i63z8
  • March #Leadership #Webinar looks at how to launch & sustain a successful internship program for your #school & district w/ @JenniferGhidiu & @DavidBerg10 http://ow.ly/yriL30i63z8 @nacol

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February 10, 2018

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 2/15: How Teachers Are Incorporating Positive Youth Development Strategies in Personalized Learning

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TEACHER TALK WEBINAR 

How Teachers Are Incorporating Positive Youth Development Strategies in Personalized Learning

Thursday, February 15, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, iNACOL will host a Teacher Talk webinar to explore how teachers are incorporating positive youth development into their personalized learning environments.

Research from the learning sciences indicates that the search for identity and autonomy is a primary aspiration of all young people. Schools and teachers are pivotal in supporting students on this journey, helping them build competencies that connect to purpose, providing opportunities for meaningful contribution, and ensuring that they know their contributions and perspectives are valued. Adults must intentionally create thriving ecosystems of learning that provide the right balance of supports and autonomy to help all students reach their potential.

This webinar will explore Springpoint’s five tenets of positive youth development and share how they are incorporated into personalized learning models:

  • Caring, trusting and supportive relationships
  • High expectations
  • Voice, choice and contribution
  • Intentionally engaging learning experiences
  • Consistency

Join this webinar to hear teachers share examples and promising practices for implementing positive youth development into their student-centered designs. They will share insights on how these tenets of positive youth development can help prepare all students for successful futures.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Educators across the country are shifting toward highly personalized, intentionally designed models, grounded in the learning sciences research and youth development theory, which spark the development of important skills and dispositions that are critical to future success.”

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: How Teachers Are Incorporating Positive Youth Development Strategies in Personalized Learning

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  • Join @nacol Feb. Teacher Talk webinar: How #Teachers Are Incorporating Positive Youth Development Strategies in #PersonalizedLearning w/ @msxgarcia http://ow.ly/ylPu30hGb5l
  • #Teachers: Upcoming Webinar (2/15, 6-7pm ET) on how to incorporate positive youth development strategies in #PersonalizedLearninghttp://ow.ly/ylPu30hGb5l @nacol @msxgarcia @springpointEDU #PYD

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February 9, 2018

iNACOL Publishes Issue Brief on State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

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iNACOL Publishes Policy Issue Brief on 
State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

iNACOL published a new policy issue brief titled, State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning.    

The iNACOL issue brief shares state policy recommendations and action steps for policymakers who are supporting the redesign of educator workforce systems to enable educators to build the skills, competencies and knowledge needed to thrive in modern, student-centered learning environments.

By modernizing educator preparation and development systems, policymakers will support transformation at scale toward education systems that prepare every student for success in higher education, the modern workforce and as citizens.

Transforming K-12 education systems to student-centered learning requires building teacher capacity for personalized, competency-based education.

This issue brief highlights four strategies for states and school districts to transform educator workforce systems to prepare teachers with the skills they need for student-centered learning:

  1. Identifying clear, specific educator competencies for personalized, competency-based learning environments;
  2. Creating multiple, high-quality pathways to educator credentials and development;
  3. Developing educator professional judgment for student-centered learning; and
  4. Building assessment literacy.

Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO, said, “Opportunities exist to modernize educator preparation and development systems to build capacity for teachers to personalize instruction for each and every student’s needs in redesigned learning environments. Educators are leading new designs for students to learn the knowledge and skills for future success and move beyond one-size-fits-all classrooms.”

Download a full copy of this issue briefState Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learningand access other iNACOL issue briefs:

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  • iNACOL released new #edpolicy issue brief on stategies to support the development of #teacher capacity for #personalizedlearning & #CBE:http://ow.ly/di4h30i8TQI @nacol #teacherPD

About iNACOL

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