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July 19, 2019

iNACOL – How To Start An Online Learning Program: A Practical Guide To Key Issues And Policies

I don’t know why, as it seems the last time the main page was updated was about 18 months ago, but this resource just came across my radar screen.

How to Start an Online Learning Program:

A Practical Guide to Key Issues and Policies

HOME GETTING STARTED FUNDING POLICIES BUDGET /STAFFING ADMIN SYSTEMS CURRICULUM TEACHERS STUDENTS QUALITY

ABOUT THIS WEBSITE

This website was created as a public resource to meet a growing need for information on starting online education programs in the United States. The website is sponsored by iNACOL and was developed by a project team of experts in the K-12 online education field.

Your Guide to K-12
Online Learning

Starting an online learning program is a daunting task which often can be overwhelming. If you have come to this web site, you probably already know this. The information and resources provided here have been compiled and organized to help you feel less overwhelmed.

The majority of content on this site is intended for program administrators — the people that are either investigating the possibility of creating an online learning program or have already been assigned this task. The site also contains useful information for policy makers — state legislators, staff members at the state department of education, and district administrators who wish to establish a positive policy environment for online learning.

There are many existing resources for K-12 online learning. For individuals who are just getting started with the process, the number of resources can be a challenge to navigate. As much as possible, this site includes excerpts or links to these existing resources, as opposed to re-creating the information. You may want to think of this site as your guide through the land of K-12 online learning, helping you to navigate and organize all of this information. Hopefully, we can also help you to avoid some of the pitfalls others have experienced.

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It is kind of interesting, that these neo-liberals – who have largely away from online learning in favour of their personalized learning through blended learning assessed in a competency-based fashion – produced this resource so recently (at least in terms of their own evolution.  I guess it does help with their corporate clients members.

July 13, 2019

iNACOL Symposium | Now Accepting Nominations For iNACOL Innovator Awards

A final item today from the neo-liberals.

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Dear Colleagues,Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates education pioneers for their work in personalized, competency-based education. Nominations are now being acceptedfor the 2019 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Symposium in Palm Springs, CA, which runs October 28-31, 2019.

Nominations are now open for the following iNACOL Innovator Awards:

  1. iNACOL Teacher of the Year
  2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning

Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on the iNACOL Innovator Awards page of our website.

Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8 p.m. ET on August 31, 2019. Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET on September 7, 2019. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to awards@inacol.org.

Share this news with your colleagues:

  • Nominate a #teacher or #edleader for #iNACOL19 Innovator Awards! @nacol is now accepting applications: http://ow.ly/kxXG301ws3e
  • iNACOL is now accepting applications for @nacol Innovator Awards! Nominate a #teacher or #edleader here: http://ow.ly/kxXG301ws3e

We look forward to seeing you at the iNACOL Symposium.
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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July 12, 2019

Plugged In | 07.12.19 – State Policymaker Recommendations To Modernize Teaching And More News On Personalized, Competency-Based Education

An item from the neo-liberals to bring the week to a close.

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July 12, 2019
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New iNACOL Issue Brief Recommends Actions for State Policymakers to Modernize the Educator Workforce
New iNACOL Issue Brief Recommends Actions for State Policymakers to Modernize the Educator Workforce
Earlier this week, iNACOL published a new issue brief, Modernizing the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education: State Policy Recommendations.

This issue brief highlights state policy opportunities to create a shared vision to modernize professional learning for educators in a K-12, competency-based education system. Educators will be prepared for a future-focused profession that better meets the 21st-century demands of student learning and workforce needs. In it, we make five recommendations to leverage the unique role of state policymaking:

  • Convening a state task force to craft a unifying vision and roadmap;
  • Increasing the diversity of the educator workforce;
  • Preparing teachers for learner-centered, competency-based, equity-oriented education;
  • Redesigning teacher licensure and credentialing; and
  • Building balanced systems of assessments that enable learner-centered, competency-based, equity-oriented teaching. The brief also details specific policy actions for each recommendation.

The newly published issue brief builds off a vision set in a larger report, Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education. iNACOL is publishing a series of issue briefs that expand on the actions needed by stakeholders in the K-12 system. In addition to this new issue brief for state policymakers, another issue brief describes a role for federal policymakers.

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Reminders
iNACOL Symposium Innovator Awards Now Open
Nominations are now open for the following iNACOL Innovator Awards:
1. iNACOL Teacher of the Year
2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning

Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8 p.m. ET on August 31, 2019. Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET on September 7, 2019.

NOMINATE
iNACOL Symposium Preconference Workshops Announced
2019 Pre-Conference Workshops Announced
iNACOL will offer 10 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. Space is limited, and pre-conference workshops require a separate registration from the Symposium.
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New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
2019 State Legislative Highlights
Across the United States, the 2019 legislative session saw advances in policies to support competency-based education in a number of states. These include introduction and passage of bills to establish a next generation state accountability pilot program; a new state task force on graduation requirements to study the alignment of competencies to career pathways, incorporate personalized pathways to graduation, expand apprenticeships, and access to advanced coursework; and several bills to establish new pilots and innovation zones or expand existing ones. The following highlights state legislation from the 2019 legislative session thus far of interest to the field of personalized learning and competency-based education.

– Alexis Chambers

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What Leading Education Systems Around the Globe Are Doing to Transform Learning – Pt. 2
“Our goal was to take every single curriculum, in every single grade K-9, and reduce everyone to one page. So if you look up ‘BC new curriculum,’ you’ll find it all. So what was hundreds and hundreds of discreet learning outcomes which we felt were too restrictive for teachers, we have now moved entirely to big ideas and core competencies. Because we believed that doing better isn’t about slightly altering the course…we wanted to disrupt the path, and we did.”

– Jordan Tinney

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Featured Webinar | Communication Strategies for Education Leaders Shifting Toward Competency-Based, Personalized Learning
Featured Webinar | Communication Strategies for Education Leaders Shifting Toward Competency-Based, Personalized Learning
Chris Sturgis, formerly of CompetencyWorks, partnered with Karla Esparza-Phillips of ExcelinEd to host a webinar dedicated to providing clarity and insight on efficient ways to communicate about personalized, competency-based education. The webinar featured the results of recent market research on framing personalized learning for various audiences, and it offered strategies to take those lessons and apply them to local contexts.
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BONUS: Communicating Personalized Learning to Families and Stakeholders: Terminology, Tools and Tips for Success
Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
Rethinking the Teacher’s Role
Ben Johnson, Edutopia

Demand for Broadband in Schools Strong, E-Rate Survey Shows
Betsy Foresman, EdScoop

Clark County Schools to Join Pilot Program for Personalized Learning
Matthew Seeman, KSNV News 3 Las Vegas

A Plan for Supporting New Initiatives
Matthew Campbell, Edutopia

How to Make High Schools Better for Students
Jal Mehta And Sarah Fine, Los Angeles Times

Barr Foundation Invites Proposals for Building a Community-Driven Portrait of a High School Graduate
Philanthropy News Digest

What Does ‘Career Readiness’ Look Like in Middle School?
Stephanie Strom, The Hechinger Report

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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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July 11, 2019

iNACOL Releases State Policy Recommendations: Modernizing The Teaching Workforce For Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education

Note this item from the neo-liberals.

iNACOL Releases State Policy Recommendations: Modernizing the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education

Cover of Issue Brief with title and introductionToday, iNACOL released Modernizing the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education: State Policy RecommendationsThe policy brief recommends steps that state policymakers can take to advance a new vision for the teaching profession.

The issue brief builds on a paradigm shift that was first articulated in Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing, and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education. Published in October 2018, the original, ground-breaking report describes what it could look like to align teaching with the opportunities and demands of a 21st-century competency-based education system, re-imagining multiple aspects of the teaching profession from pre-service training through retirement. The report’s vision centers around three core concepts, transforming the profession to be equity-oriented, learning-centered, and lifelong.

The newly published issue brief identifies priorities for state policymakers with recommendations and actions:

  1. Convene a state task force to craft a unifying vision and roadmap. Although change must engage and empower local leaders, educators, and communities, it is helpful to have state-level support to initiate and coordinate change processes across diverse sets of institutions and stakeholders. State policymakers can play pivotal roles in convening, coordinating, and supporting planning and implementation efforts. 
  2. Increase the diversity of the educator workforce. A teaching workforce that reflects the diversity and life experiences of today’s communities and schools is an important part of closing achievement and opportunity gaps and ensuring all students are prepared to succeed in postsecondary education and beyond. State policymakers can support diversity in the workforce by expanding access to teacher preparation programs. They should also prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the educator-leader workforce, which is strongly tied to staff retention, fosters cultures of transparency and accountability, and leads to better decision-making and results for students. State policymakers can influence a focus on DEI by communicating about it, prioritizing state funding for it, and identifying gaps in workforce data that impede progress toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.
  3. Prepare teachers for learner-centered, competency-based, equity-oriented education.Creating a future-ready teaching workforce requires preparing teachers for learner-centered and competency-based education systems, which entails different knowledge, skills, and dispositions than teaching in traditional classrooms. State policymakers can help shift teacher preparation programs by enacting policies that incentivize and support innovation in higher education and by leveraging learnings from innovation pilots to shift future policy and practice.
  4. Redesign teacher licensure and credentialing. Teacher licensure and credentialing requirements influence what teacher preparation programs teach, how they are organized, how teachers engage in ongoing development, and how they advance and specialize in their careers. State leaders can help modernize the teacher workforce by aligning licensure and credentialing requirements to the educator knowledge and skills required for learner-centered education and by aligning licensure and credentialing processes to learner-centered approaches.
  5. Build balanced systems of assessments that enable learner-centered, competency-based, equity-oriented teaching. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows states significantly more flexibility to design systems of assessments that support students’ deeper learning andreport on achievement outcomes. State policymakers can guide leaders across the state to design balanced systems of assessment that promote deeper learning and improved outcomes.

State policymakers play an important role in modernizing educator development systems by shaping preparation pathways, reimagining teacher licensure and credentialing, and enacting policies that create systems of assessments, learning, and supports that are fit for purpose. But, policymakers cannot go it alone. The most effective and sustainable state pathways to a future-ready teacher workforce are those that foster collaboration between policymakers, professional boards, state administrators, higher education, and K-12 leaders and approach changes related to the teaching profession as part of a coherent policymaking approach.

Download the full issue brief here and learn more from other resources below.
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July 3, 2019

REMINDER | Act Now: iNACOL Symposium 2019 Early-Bird Registration Savings Ending Soon

Another item from the neo-liberals.

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Dear Colleagues:

Only one week remains to take advantage of early-bird registration discounts for the iNACOL Symposium 2019. Early-bird registration discounts end July 10, 2019.Register to attend today. 

Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts before the end of your school or district’s fiscal year to save on the cost of attending the iNACOL Symposium October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. Attendee registration is now open.

Registration rates will increase beginning July 11.

Make sure your colleagues and networks don’t miss out either. Share the news on Twitter:

  • Register for #iNACOL19 with early-bird pricing thru 7/10. Explore #CBE & #PLearning with old friends and new ones in Palm Springs.http://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol – Click to Tweet.
  • Early discount to register for #iNACOL19 in Palm Springs, Oct. 28-31. Theme: “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning” http://ow.ly/10peTP@nacol – Click to Tweet.

For more information about the iNACOL Symposium, see:

Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs.

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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