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April 9, 2021

Plugged In | 4.9.21 – Aurora Institute 2021 Survey, Webinar Announcement, and More

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And from the neo-liberals to conclude the week.

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Aurora Institute 2021 Survey
Take Our Survey
As a valued part of the Aurora Institute community and ally for educational systems change, we are seeking your responses to six important questions on the issues and policy barriers you are facing in this critical time in K-12 education.

Your insights are critical for developing field research, advocacy, and recommendations for K-12 education policy. In addition, your responses help guide our thinking as we shape convenings and publications for the field.

We would greatly appreciate your response by April 13, 2021. Thank you very much for your contributions and for your important work in the field.

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Announcing Aurora Institute Internships
Aurora Institute Internships
Our new internship program  is designed as a fully immersive experience for motivated undergraduate and graduate students who seek to support national advocacy, policy, communications, and event work in the nonprofit sector. Selected interns will be exposed to the intricacies and nuances of building a better K-12 education system for the nation’s youth. The internship will include work on targeted projects and multiple learning and networking opportunities. Interns will receive structured support, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for the duration of the internship. We are currently recruiting for Summer 2021 interns. Applications are due by April 30, 2021.
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Upcoming Events
Aurora frequently hosts webinars and convenings with the field’s leading experts to explore trends, tackle pressing problems of practice and policy, and share emerging knowledge from research. The following opportunities to learn and network are open for registration.
Let’s Hear It from the Next Generation! Virtual Panels with Mastery Collaborative Youth Advisors

Let’s Hear It from the Next Generation! Virtual Panels with Mastery Collaborative Youth Advisors

April 22, 2021 | 3:30 PM ET
What do middle and high school students wish all adults magically knew about them? You’re invited to a conversation with Mastery Collaborative Youth Advisors, co-hosted by the Mastery Collaborative (MC), CompetencyWorks, and KnowledgeWorks on April 22, 2021, from 3:30 – 5:30 PM ET. Please join as NYC public school students speak out about these topics and more:

  • sense of belonging in school;
  • living and learning through a dual pandemic;
  • how race, racism, and anti-racism show up in school; and
  • MC schools’ use of culturally responsive-sustaining education (CRSE) and mastery-based learning.
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Education Domain Blog

Center for Policy and Advocacy March 2021 Updates
Center for Policy and Advocacy March 2021 Updates

Learn what’s happening in statehouses around the country to support education innovation. Actions in 14 states are highlighted, including new broadband investments in Minnesota and Texas, changes in graduation requirements in Ohio and Washington, and funding considerations in Oklahoma. We’re also watching 10 bills of relevance to personalized, competency-based education.
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One Year In: Innovative Approaches to Learning During a Pandemic

This time last year, I was visiting Ednovate’s public high schools in Los Angeles with school leaders from NewSchools’ innovative schools portfolio. Each of these leaders was designing and launching new, innovative public schools like Ednovate. Little did we know that these school leaders would have to completely redesign their approach to adjust to the realities of the pandemic.

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https://aurora-institute.org/blog/one-year-in-innovative-approaches-to-learning-during-a-pandemic/

Featured Resource

A Strategic Reflection on the Field of Competency-Based Education

 A Strategic Reflection on the Field of Competency-Based Education

Each year, we reflect on the growth, change, and needs in the field of competency-based education. As part of this process, we host a webinar, A Strategic Reflection on the Field of Competency-Based Education . This year, the webinar included Aurora Institute’s President and CEO Susan Patrick, Research Director Eliot Levine, and Policy Director Fred Jones, along with Chicago Public Schools’ CBE Social Emotional Integration Specialist Tonya Howell and CBE Project Manager Damarr Smith. Use the link below to watch the webinar and download the associated slides. In addition, this CompetencyWorks blog post features links to all of the resources mentioned in the session.

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Plugged In Headlines: News About Education Transformation


 

 

Innovative School Models

Greencastle-Antrim School Board goes with competency-based calendar instead of traditional schedule
Herald Mail

Competency-based elementary coming to Post Falls
Coeur d’Alene/ Post Falls Press

3 pathways for continuous school improvement
eSchoolNews

Additional career paths available to Idaho students other than college
KMVT 11

Formative assessment for any learning landscape
SmartBrief

Frustration and Confusion are Important Learning Elements
Observatory for Educational Innovation

Personalization, Play, Passion Projects: How One Innovative Atlanta School Is Offering Alternative Learning Like Urban Farming and Robotics During the Pandemic
The 74

COVID-19

Superintendents share reopening strategies in Ed Dept ‘Lessons from the Field’ session
K-12 Dive

How the Pandemic Is Shaping K-12 Education (in Charts)
Education Week

OPINION: How to keep our most vulnerable students from losing ground in the pandemic
The Hechinger Report

Education Through the Pandemic: From a Four-Fold Increase in F Grades in Connecticut to Expanding Mental Health Services For Colorado’s Students, 8 Ways States Are Confronting COVID-19
The 74

Education Policy

(ND Gov.) Burgum signs ‘pathways to graduation’ bill, providing flexibility to promote personalized learning
Devils Lake Journal

Bill gives schools flexibility in meeting needs of each student
Arizona Capitol Times

Educational Equity

Anti-Asian Violence: What Schools Should Start Doing About It
Education Week

Diverse Leaders are Changing Education
EdSurge

Broadband Connectivity

What You Need to Know About the Emergency Connectivity Fund
THE Journal

Educator Workforce

As Pandemic Upends Teaching, Fewer Students Want to Pursue It
The New York Times

Diversity debate over teaching licenses creates confusion for Minnesota’s teachers of color.
Sahan Journal

What diverse teacher preparation programs get right
eSchoolNews

An Accidental Experiment: An Emergency Teacher License Gives An Unexpected Boost To Teacher Diversity
WBUR

Aurora Institute in the News


 

 

The Canopy Project: A look at innovation in our schools and in our system – via EducationNC

Developing a Learner-Centered Culture – via Medium

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Our Center for Policy  leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective student-centered learning models toward the goals of high-quality learning and equity. Our policy priorities are designed to ensure the nation’s education system is fit for purpose and help move states forward from their current state of education to future systems.
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April 8, 2021

Aurora Institute Survey 2021

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An item from the neo-liberals.

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Aurora Institute Survey 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I am reaching out to you as a valued member of the Aurora Institute community to ask for your feedback on six important questions related to the top issues and policy barriers you face in this critical time in K-12 education.

Your insights will be vitally important for developing field research, advocacy, and recommendations for policy.

We would greatly appreciate your response by Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Thank you very much for your contributions and for your important work in the field.

Sincerely,

Susan Patrick
President and CEO, Aurora Institute

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April 5, 2021

REMINDER – Feedback Requested by April 9, 2021: Aurora Institute Stakeholder Survey

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An item from the neo-liberals.

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Dear Colleagues,

I am reaching out to you as a valued part of the Aurora Institute community and ally for educational systems change. I’m requesting your feedback on six important questions on the issues and policy barriers you are facing in this critical time in K-12 education. Would you kindly use the link below to take the 2021 Aurora institute Stakeholder Survey?

2021 Aurora institute Stakeholder Survey
Your insights are critical for developing field research, advocacy, and recommendations for K-12 education policy. In addition, your responses help guide our thinking as we shape convenings and publications for the field.

We would greatly appreciate your response by April 9, 2021. Thank you very much for your contributions and for your important work in the field.

Sincerely,
Susan Patrick
President and CEO
Aurora Institute

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March 30, 2021

Announcing a New Webinar on 4/22 – Let’s Hear It from the Next Generation! Virtual Panels with Mastery Collaborative Youth Advisors

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A final word today from the neo-liberals.

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WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT
Let’s Hear It from the Next Generation! Virtual Panels with Mastery Collaborative Youth Advisors

Let’s Hear It from the Next Generation! Virtual Panels with Mastery Collaborative Youth Advisors

April 22, 2021 | 3:30 – 5:30 PM ET
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What do middle and high school students wish all adults magically knew about them?

You’re invited to a conversation with Mastery Collaborative Youth Advisors, cohosted by the Mastery Collaborative (MC), CompetencyWorks, and KnowledgeWorks. Please join as NYC public school students speak out about these topics and more:

  • sense of belonging in school;
  • living and learning through a dual pandemic;
  • how race, racism, and anti-racism show up in school; and
  • MC schools’ use of culturally responsive-sustaining education (CRSE) and mastery-based learning.
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March 26, 2021

Plugged In | 3.26.21 – Symposium Presentations Due Tonight, Webinar Announcement and More

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And from the neo-liberals to finish off the week.

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The Aurora 2021 Call for Presentation Proposals Closes Tonight
Submit by 11:59 PM ET
Submit a Proposal
Aurora Institute is now accepting presentation proposals for the Aurora Institute Symposium 2021. Use this link to access the Request for Proposals and submit your proposal to present. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

You may download our RFP Questions document as a guide to support completing your proposal offline before entering it into the system.

Educators, system leaders, policymakers, researchers, philanthropists, and others come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, share the latest trends and innovations, and advance systems change in K-12 education. The convening is a chance to draw on the collective wisdom and expertise of field leaders from around the globe who are building knowledge and honing practices that will usher in the future of learning.

The Aurora Institute Program Committee will prioritize proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based approaches, drawing on participant experiences, and promoting dialogue and exchange.

The Symposium will be hosted virtually October 25-28, 2021, and we’ve created a variety of new presentation formats to foster a dynamic and interactive conference experience.

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Education Domain Blog

One Year In: Innovative Approaches to Learning During a Pandemic

This time last year, I was visiting Ednovate’s public high schools in Los Angeles with school leaders from NewSchools’ innovative schools portfolio. Each of these leaders was designing and launching new, innovative public schools like Ednovate. Little did we know that these school leaders would have to completely redesign their approach to adjust to the realities of the pandemic.

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https://aurora-institute.org/blog/one-year-in-innovative-approaches-to-learning-during-a-pandemic/
U.S. Department of Education Issues State Guidance on Assessments This School Year Amid Pandemic
U.S. Department of Education Issues State Guidance on Assessments This School Year Amid Pandemic 

K-12 schools must administer annual standardized tests for the 2020-2021 school year, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced in late February, but the agency will offer additional flexibility that balances concerns expressed by a group of diverse stakeholders, including district leaders, teacher unions, parents, advocates, and lawmakers.

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Featured Resource

Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments

Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments

The newest edition of Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments, created in partnership between KnowledgeWorks and the Council of Chief State School Officers, is designed to serve as a customizable tool to guide educator development.

The intent is to enable a growing number of teachers to implement and scale up a transformation of their classrooms into places of personalized, student-centered learning. However, the Educator Competencies are aspirational; no single superhuman teacher can perform all the practices and exhibit all the behaviors continually. While individual educators may find the document useful, any significant implementation will need to take place within a broader learning community.

The new edition of Educator Competencies features:

  • A refreshed text with a focus on equity
  • A focus on teaching strategies that embrace these forces of change
  • Examples of the Educator Competencies being used around the country
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Plugged In Headlines: News About Education Transformation


 

 

Innovative School Models

The Canopy Project: A look at innovation in our schools and in our system
EdNC

Juggling ‘Roomers’ and ‘Zoomers’? How Teachers Make Hybrid Learning Work
EdSurge

Building critical thinking skills online
eSchoolNews

Why Personalized Learning Will Be Important in 2021
Wales 247

COVID-19

Feds’ First Survey of Pandemic Learning Finds Nearly Half of Students Taught Remotely
Education Week

Coronavirus and schools: Reflections on education one year into the pandemic
The Brookings Institution

The Week in COVID & Education Policy: 17 Key Updates on Schools, Students and New Data Surrounding Social Distancing in Classrooms
The 74

Reimagining the future of public education after COVID
The Hill

Almost everyone is concerned about K-12 students’ academic progress
The Brookings Institution

Education Policy

North Dakota governor signs bill to expand learning outside classroom
Grand Forks Herald

3 takeaways from the Ed Department’s National Safe School Reopening Summit
Education Dive

Department of Education Announces American Rescue Plan Funds for All 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to Help Schools Reopen
U.S. Department of Education

Educational Equity

New Study: 5 Ways Racist 1930s Housing Policies Still Haunt Schools
The 74

Data Reveals Significant Racial Disparities in School Reopening
US News

As support for LGBT-inclusive curricula grows, districts navigate persistent challenges
Education Dive

Broadband Connectivity

Internet-access spending improves academic outcomes, according to study of Texas public schools
Science Daily

The FCC’s $7 Billion Fund to Address the ‘Homework Gap’: 6 Key Issues to Watch
Education Week

Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow E-Rate Funding for School Bus Wi-Fi
Education Week

Join Our Community
Our Center for Policy  leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective student-centered learning models toward the goals of high-quality learning and equity. Our policy priorities are designed to ensure the nation’s education system is fit for purpose and help move states forward from their current state of education to future systems.
CompetencyWorks
CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to K-12 competency-based education. Drawing on lessons learned by innovators, we share knowledge through a practice-focused blog, research reports on emerging issues, policy advocacy, and resources curated from across the field.
The Aurora Institute hosts a resource library containing more than 200 materials. Working collaboratively with diverse experts in the field, the Aurora Institute 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.
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