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September 18, 2019

Derek Wenmoth Keynoting iNACOL Symposium on October 29, 2019

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Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce our Tuesday morning keynote. Please join us to hear from Derek Wenmoth, Principal Consultant at CORE Education, on Tuesday, October 29th from 8:00-9:15am PT.

The theme of this keynote is “Future Makers.”We’re constantly exposed to stories of change on the horizon, from artificial intelligence to driverless cars; from the threat of war, to the shortage of food and fresh water; from the exploration of life on other planets to the slow degradation of the state of our own planet’s ecosystem. While awareness of these things has certainly been rising in recent years, the scale and scope of their impact is often not appreciated until the change has already occurred, and the sense of ‘helplessness’ to do anything about it is pervasive across all areas of society.

As educators, it is our responsibility to be thinking about how we prepare our young people for such an uncertain, constantly changing future. We must ask two important questions as we think about the organization of our schools, our curriculum and our approach to learning. They are:

  • What will learning be like in the future? And
  • What must we learn for the future?

Our response to these questions will be pivotal in determining what sort of future we want to see and how so many of the issues and concerns that currently confront us may be addressed.

Imagine the difference if, instead of seeing ourselves primarily as ‘instructors’, passing on the knowledge and skills to a new generation as we have for decades past, we were to see ourselves as ‘future makers’, investing in the development of the young people in our charge in ways that ensure they’ll be equipped to make decisions about how they will live and work in the future world, so that this change doesn’t simply happen to them, but they can feel empowered and enabled to do something about it, to live and to thrive, not simply survive into the future.

Drawing on his experience as an educator, policymaker and thought leader in the New Zealand context, Derek will explore some of the ways in which leaders and teachers may respond in order to ensure schools remain relevant and ‘future-focused’ in all areas of their activity. Derek will reference the work he’s done in monitoring global trends and influences, and suggest what we must do to ensure we’re preparing our students to be confident, connected and capable learners in a world where change is the constant, and how we might work together to manage the change required in our schools and in our communities in ways that honor the past and pursue the future.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium to hear from this esteemed speaker, nearly 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, 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 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on Linkedin and follow us on Twitter.

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September 7, 2019

iNACOL Symposium | Session Highlights

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Dear Colleagues,

The iNACOL Symposium taking place this October will feature more than 200 workshops and sessions organized around the theme: “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning,” and each brings a unique lens to personalized, competency-based education. Experts and practitioners will share the latest research, promising practices and tools for creating powerful learning experiences for all students and building momentum to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education.

The iNACOL Symposium runs October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. Register here to attend.

Below is a sampling of the 200+ sessions coming this fall.

Launching Your Own Learner-Centered System: How the Lindsay Unified School System Is Creating the Ideal Learning

How does one get started on the journey of transforming a school system? In this session, you will learn what Lindsay Unified School District believes are essential actions to transform your organization to a learner-centered, competency-based, personalized system. This will include lessons we have learned from the last 11 years of the Lindsay journey and practical advice from practitioners doing this work each and every day.

  • Brian Griffin
  • Lana Brown
  • Cindy Alonzo
  • Bernadette Shelton
  • Joel Martinez-Dominguez

Is K-12 Personalized Learning Shaping Higher Education?

This session will take a look at how the growth of personalized learning at the K-12 level may be changing student expectations for learning in higher education. What are the implications for pedagogy, learning models and environments, teacher and training programs? How might K-12 and higher education work together to create a seamless personalized learning pathway for K-16 and a re-imagined workforce to lead the change?

  • Michael Horn
  • Julie Young

Teacher Onboarding for Next-Gen Models: Innovative Strategies from Innovative Leaders 

When schools shift to next-gen models, they face the challenge of effectively onboarding educators and maintaining momentum with new staff. From shifting mindsets and aligning on a vision to developing the actual competencies needed, preparing staff for new models requires numerous innovative strategies. Join The Learning Accelerator’s Innovation Directors Network, explore our onboarding map filled with concrete strategies and resources, and build your own action plan to strategically onboard your educators today.

  • Stephen Pham
  • Jin-Soo Huh
  • Juliana Finegan
  • Karen Perry
  • Amalia Lopez

Student Agency and Proficiency-Based Education: Applying 40+ Years of Research With Bob Marzano

How can schools take research from neuroscience and cognitive science, turn it into evidence-based best practices, and apply it to build a personalized, competency-based school where all learners develop the skills needed to be successful? Come hear how Dr. Bob Marzano, Founder of Marzano Academies, has used 40+ years of research to create a path schools can implement to support all students in the development of agency. It will be an interactive session guided by participants’ questions.

  • Bill Zima
  • Robert Marzano

Virginia is for Learners: Redefining State-Level Professional Learning Frameworks Around the Profile of a Virginia Graduate

Beginning in 2019 and extending to 2021, 60 District teams (representing 600 administrators and teacher) will receive personalized regional, local, and virtual coaching to leverage innovations that align with the cognitive, personal and interpersonal competencies of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Organized in three cohorts, they will produce, implement and share resources and protocols that measurably impact the purposeful alignment of their innovations with the Commonwealth’s Graduate Profile.

  • Amos Fodchuk
  • Gena Keller
  • Pamela Moran
  • Tony Borash
  • David Small

About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, iNACOL’s annual Symposium 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 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on Linkedin and follow us on Twitter.

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September 6, 2019

Plugged In | 9.6.19 – New Webinar on Supporting Educators Transition to CBE and Important Announcement on Opening Keynote at #iNACOL19

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New Webinar Sept. 25: Supporting Educators Transitioning to a Competency-Based and Personalized Learning System
On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, iNACOL (@nacol) will host a webinar to share the perspective of shifting to competency-based, personalized learning from two experienced practitioners.

Join this webinar to be offered a roadmap and possible on-ramps from the traditional schooling model to a personalized, competency-based model. With an overview of the hallmarks of CBE and a discussion of instructional practices and changes in grading and assessments, the discussion will center the role of collaborative teams and focused professional learning in supporting the transition. In addition, attendees will learn how state policy can support scaling their efforts.

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Susan Patrick on Getting Smart Podcast
Getting Smart Podcast: Susan Patrick on Transforming Education Systems for Equitable High-Quality Learning
In a recent conversation with Getting Smart’s Tom Vander Ark, iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick outlined five global trends in learning, including:

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Reminders
Tomorrow Is the Last Day to Nominate for the iNACOL Innovator Awards
Who should join Shawn Rubin, Rachael Moola, Chris Sturgis, and Jason Vest as the field’s honorees for a commitment to education transformation? Nominations are still open for the following iNACOL Innovator Awards:
1. iNACOL Teacher of the Year
2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning

Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET tomorrow, September 7, 2019.

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iNACOL Symposium Opening Keynote Announcement
iNACOL Symposium Opening Keynote Announcement
iNACOL is pleased to announce our Symposium opening keynote will feature Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard. The theme of our opening address is “Broadening the Definition of Student Success: A Spotlight on Mental Health.”

Please note that this year’s opening keynote will be on Monday, October 28th, 3:30-5:00 p.m. PT, following the pre-conference workshops. Once the keynote concludes, the President’s Welcome Reception will immediately follow in the Innovation Corner.

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New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
What the Learning Sciences Are Teaching Us About Learning – Pt. 3
“The goal of education is not to drive everything into long-term memory. One of the goals in education is to get the right things into long-term memory. You have to have stuff in long-term memory to allow working memory to do its complex work. A lot of what education should be about is how do you get long term memory and working memory to work together?”

Bror Saxberg

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Reflections on Assessments for Competency-Based Education and Updates to States Piloting the Innovative Assessment Program
“At iNACOL, we are reflecting on concepts to transform systems of assessments that can better serve all students, such as improving formative assessments with educator training, improving assessment literacy, new ways of approaching assessment validity and comparability, and updates on implementation of the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA).”

– Alexis Chambers and Natalie Truong

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Exploring Key Questions About Leadership in Student-Centered Learning Environments
Featured Webinar | Redefining Student Success in K-12 Education: Getting Started with “Profile of a Graduate” Conversations in Your Schools and Communities
There have been multiple efforts nationwide that are redefining student success, such as the Profile of a Graduate, since the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). iNACOL partnered with EdLeaders21 to inform the field about why it is important for K-12 schools and districts to lead conversations in their communities around a Profile of a Graduate and how to get started.
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BONUS: 
Redefining Student Success: Organizing Education Systems Around the Knowledge and Skills Students Need to Succeed
Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
Three Decades and Still Counting (The Wrong Things): An Analysis of Three Reports on the Possibility and Practicality of Shifting Our Academic Currency from Credit Hours to Competencies
Myk Garn, The Journal of Competency-Based Education

The Value of Student-Teacher Matching: Implications for Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
Travis J. Bristol, Brookings Institution

7 Challenges to Equity in CTE – and How to Solve Them
Laura Ascione, eSchoolNews

College Board Drops Its ‘Adversity Score’ For Each Student After Backlash
Bobby Allyn, NPR

Iowa Education Leader Hails Initiative on Work-Based Learning
Andrew Wind, The Courier


iNACOL in the News
What Does Personalized Learning Mean? Experts Weigh In 
The Learning Professional asked five experts what it means to personalize learning for students and what role professional learning should play in these efforts. Reflective of the diversity in the field today, their responses reveal both commonalities and notable differences (for example, some see technology as central, while others believe personalization can happen without any technology at all). But all agreed on the importance of building educators’ capacity through high-quality professional learning…Read Morebeginning on page 28.

 

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The iNACOL Center for Policy Advocacy leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective personalized learning models toward the goals of high quality, equity, access and dramatically improving student learning to close the achievement gap and ensure every student has access to high-quality, world-class learning opportunities.
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CompetencyWorks
CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. Bookmark this resource and check often for frequent updates.
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Working collaboratively with diverse experts in the field, iNACOL produces reports, books, policy briefs, blog posts, webinars and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next generation learning models. Use our web-based library to freely access and share materials.
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September 4, 2019

iNACOL Announces 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops

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Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce the lineup of pre-conference workshopsscheduled to kick off the iNACOL Symposium held in Palm Springs, California, on October 28-31, 2019.

iNACOL offers pre-conference workshops on Monday, October 28, 2019, to provide focused full- and half-day interactive opportunities for deeper learning and knowledge-building in personalized, competency-based learning. These workshops provide intensive professional development in small groups and require a separate registration from the Symposium.

Space is limited, so please register for the pre-conference workshops as soon as possible. Here are directions to register for pre-conference workshops:

  • If you’ve already registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium, click hereto modify your existing registration.
  1. Enter your email and Reference Number. Click ‘continue.’
  2. From here, you can modify various aspects of your registration, including adding a pre-conference workshop.
  • If you haven’t yet registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium, register here today and be sure to add a pre-conference workshop to your registration.

Below is the list of pre-conference workshops offered at the iNACOL Symposium:

Morning Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Helping Schools Realize Their Unique Vision of a Personalized, Competency-Based System Using the Research of Dr. Marzano
  • Pathways to Personalization: A Framework Approach to Designing and Scaling Blended and Personalized Learning
  • Sharing Learning from the Trenches: Developing a Successful Competency-Based Learning System in Your School or District with Competency-Based Learning Practitioners
  • Take Ownership of Your Digital Ecosystem – Project Unicorn Bootcamp (Capacity: 75)

Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Improving Professional Development with Mastery Learning, Micro-Credentials, and Game-Based Learning
  • Opportunities to Shape the Future of Learning (Capacity: 30)
  • Rigorous and Student-Centered Teaching: A Forum on Innovation (Capacity: 30)
  • Showing the Way to Equity and Excellence: What the Education System Can Learn From Alternative Schools (Capacity: 30)
  • The Power You Carry: How to Become a Brain Builder to Help All Children Thrive

All Day Pre-Conference Workshops

  • K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting (Capacity: 75)
  • Pre-Conference Workshop for State Policymaker Teams (Invitation Only)

Complete descriptions and presenter information for all pre-conference workshops can be found on the pre-conference workshop section of our website.

If you have questions regarding registering for a pre-conference workshop, please contact Kelly Johnson at kjohnson@executivevents.com. We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs on October 28-31, 2019.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, iNACOL’s annual Symposium 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 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on Linkedin and follow us on Twitter.

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August 31, 2019

Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard Keynoting iNACOL Symposium on October 28, 2019

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Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce our Symposium opening keynote. Please join usto hear from Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard, Director of Whole Child Development at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, on Monday, October 28th from 3:30-5:00pm PT.

The theme of our opening address is “Broadening the Definition of Student Success: A Spotlight on Mental Health.”As support builds for a more holistic approach to education for all students, urgency also builds for the same rigor and personalization that we apply to the design and implementation of academic instruction to be brought to non-academic areas.Across every aspect of a child’s education, we owe our students and educators access to quality supports grounded in the science of child and adolescent learning and development. Within this context schools are increasingly focused on how they can support students’ mental health.

Parents name it as key to their child’s success and a priority on par with reading and math. Policymakers are passing laws supporting resourcing for mental health supports in states across the country. Teachers are advocating for professional development to address student needs as well as their own.

With such strong demand and potential resources for systems, how will educators identify and implement personalized evidence-based mental health supports for students? How do the skills and mindsets connected to mental health correlate to and even predict academic outcomes? How does this connect to school efforts around social emotional learning? And how might a focus on mental health be key to improved outcomes for all students?

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium to hear from this esteemed speaker, nearly 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.”

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, 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 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on Linkedin and follow us on Twitter.

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