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April 2, 2020

REMINDER: Request for Presentation Proposals is Open | Aurora Institute Symposium 2020

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We apologize for any inconvenience that a broken link in our most recent Symposium 2020 RFP email reminder may have caused. Please see the information below regarding our Call for Presentation Proposals. We do hope that you will consider submitting a proposal.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL


Aurora Institute is now accepting Requests for Presentation (RFP) proposals for the Aurora Institute Symposium.

Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to find their tribe, learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

Access the RFP and submit your proposal to presentThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Aurora Institute Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based approaches, drawing on participant experiences, and promoting dialogue and exchange. Across the various presentation formats and strands, we also encourage presentation proposals that target specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature.

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

View Our RFP Webinar


Aurora Institute recently hosted a special webinar to offer insights on the Symposium RFP process, hosted by our Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Friend. We shared pointers that will help you craft a standout session proposal. View this archived webinar to also learn about the structure of the Symposium, session strands and formats, understand how proposals are evaluated, and discover ways to heighten interactivity in your session.
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COVID-19 Update

We are currently planning to host the Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 Oct. 25-28, 2020, in San Antonio.

Planning a convening of this magnitude for the field is an enormous effort that requires complex decision-making, and sometimes quick pivots and contingencies, as new circumstances arise.

We assure you that we are closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) out of an abundance of caution and concern for your safety and wellbeing. We are in close contact with the Henry B. González Convention Center, which is taking direction from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Guidance from public health authorities in the United States, including the CDC, has consistently called for added safety precautions and planning for large gatherings.

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Aurora Institute Symposium Registration Will Open on April 8, 2020.

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March 27, 2020

Plugged In | 03.27.20 – New COVID-19 Continuity Of Learning Resources And Symposium RFP Opened

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New COVID-19 Continuity of Learning Resources

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, school leaders and education policymakers are grappling with unprecedented decision-making about closings and equitable continuity of learning. This historic event demonstrates the need to orient our school systems toward anytime, anywhere learning — and to modernize our systems to meet students’ individual needs.While there is no playbook for an event of this scale and magnitude, we aim to support school leaders and educators at the front lines of the crisis.  We’ve created a rapid response resource page to supply educators, school leaders, and education policymakers at all levels with helpful resources to navigate the challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak. They are intended to help school communities prepare for change and to focus on the facts to protect public health, mitigate confusion, prevent panic — and continue teaching and learning.

The page contains our resources and recommendations, including a continuity of learning overview and readiness checklist, as well as a curated list of resources from federal and state governments and our partners in the field.

Planning for student success in the wake of COVID-19 starts by recognizing that some students are particularly vulnerable when schools close. By tending to their needs, we can ensure all students continue their learning journeys, and the disruptions caused by the pandemic don’t exacerbate inequities.

Our team is actively curating resources, reviewing state plans, and monitoring legislative and policy changes related to coronavirus. Please come back regularly for updates to this list.

Visit the Continuity of Learning Page.

Submit a Proposal to Present at the Aurora Institute Symposium 2020

Aurora Institute is now accepting Requests for Presentation (RFP) proposals for the Aurora Institute Symposium.

Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to find their tribe, learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

Access the RFP and submit your proposal to present. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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From the Education Domain Blog

2020 Aurora Institute Symposium Planning and Coronavirus Response

For 15 years, the Aurora Institute Symposium (formerly iNACOL Symposium) has brought together thousands of educators, practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and advocates to share the latest trends, innovations, and advancements from the leading edge of K-12 education. Right now, we are planning and currently have every expectation the Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 will proceed as expected Oct. 25-28, 2020, in San Antonio. Our call for requests for presentation proposals will be opening on March 23, 2020. Read More.

Public Comments Submitted on the Competitive Grants for State Assessments Program

The Aurora Institute, in collaboration with KnowledgeWorks, Center for Innovation in Education (CiE), Great Schools Partnership, and the Center for Assessment, jointly submitted a formal letter commenting on the proposed priorities for the Competitive Grants for State Assessments Program. We expressed that meeting the requirements of the Innovative Assessments Demonstration pilot requires significant time and resources for states and offered recommendations to improve the proposed regulations.See our comments and recommendations.

Featured Resources

A Primer on Submitting Presentation Proposals

Are you interested in presenting at the Aurora Institute Symposium in October 2020? View our archived webinar in which we offer insights on the Request for Proposals (RFP) process. In addition, we shared pointers that will help you craft a standout session proposal. We seek to host sessions that generate meaningful collaboration, foster engagement, and share knowledge. For the upcoming RFP, it is essential to include in your proposal how you plan to incorporate interactivity with, and among, attendees, as well as how your session will dive deeply into critical topics for the field. View this webinar to learn about the Symposium RFP process, learn about the structure of the Symposium and session strands, hear tips to improve proposals, and discover ways to heighten interactivity in your session.

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Plugged In Headlines: News About Education Transformation


Rapid City High School gets rid of bells, empowers students
Morgan Matzen, Rapid City Journal

Survey Offers Strategies for Unlocking Schools from Traditional Time Structure
Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

School board learns about competency-based education practices in district
Carl Blankenship, Salisbury Post

Access to Quality PD Is an Equity Issue, Teachers Say
Sarah Schwartz, Education Week

Farmington High School teacher testifies about education at Minnesota Senate
Kara Hildreth, Sun This Week

COVID-19 Headlines

U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Education Week: Map: Coronavirus and School Closures

CDC: Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs

White House – CDC – FEMA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Site

Kankakee teachers prepare online learning during school closures
Stephanie Markham, Daily Journal

4 Tips for Teachers Shifting to Teaching Online
Kareem Farah, Edutopia

Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment
Stephen Merrill, Edutopia

English-Learners May Be Left Behind as Remote Learning Becomes ‘New Normal’
Corey Mitchell, Education Week

Coronavirus Relief Package Offers Up More Than $30 Billion For Education
Elissa Nadworny and Anya Kamenetz, NPR

The Coronavirus Exposes Education’s Digital Divide
Raymond Zhong, The New York Times

Aurora Institute in the News


Present and accounted for? Coronavirus-related school closures create attendance challenges
Now with most students across the U.S. unexpectedly transitioning to virtual learning due to the spread of COVID-19, determining how many are maintaining a school routine will be among the many challenges for state and district leaders.

“For schools across the country that already had students learning in a blended environment, this transition — it’s not easy, but they are more prepared,” says Bruce Friend, chief operating officer of the Aurora Institute. Read More

Resources & Tips for Remote Education During School Closures
Administrators who must lead the move to online learning for K–12 schools are in a position to calm fears and ensure parents and students that online learning is just as credible as face-to-face learning. Read More

​​​​​​​How 5 districts elevate learning with competency-based education
Competency-based education can also make instruction more equitable because it should prevent students from moving up and graduating without mastering essential college and career skills, says Eliot Levine, research director at the ed tech and learning organization, the Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL).​​​​​​​ Read More

Symposium 2020 - October 25-28, 2020 | San Antonio, TX
Our Center for Policy Advocacy 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 is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. Competency Works 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.
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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March 6, 2020

Plugged In | 03.6.20 – Symposium Planning And Coronavirus Response, Comments Submitted On Assessments Pilot

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2020 Aurora Institute Symposium Planning and Coronavirus Response

For 15 years, the Aurora Institute Symposium (formerly iNACOL Symposium) has brought together thousands of educators, practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and advocates to share the latest trends, innovations, and advancements from the leading edge of K-12 education.

Right now, we are planning and currently have every expectation the Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 will proceed as expected Oct. 25-28, 2020, in San Antonio. Our call for requests for presentation proposals will be opening on March 23, 2020.

We know planning a convening of this magnitude for the field is an enormous effort that requires complex decision-making, and sometimes quick pivots and contingencies, as new circumstances arise.

I want to assure you we are closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) out of an abundance of caution and concern for your safety and wellbeing.

We are in close contact with the Henry B. González Convention Center, which is taking direction from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Guidance from public health authorities in the United States, including the CDC, has consistently called for added safety precautions and planning for large gatherings.

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Public Comments Submitted on the Competitive Grants for State Assessments Program

The Aurora Institute, in collaboration with KnowledgeWorks, Center for Innovation in Education, Great Schools Partnership, and the Center for Assessment, jointly submitted a formal letter commenting on these proposed priorities. We expressed that meeting the requirements of the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority requires significant time and resources for states. We provided specific recommendations to improve the proposed regulations with solutions to prevent unnecessary barriers to piloting new approaches that seek to improve equity.

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From the Education Domain Blog

Innovation Spotlight – The Skill, Will, and Resources that Create the Conditions for Young People to Thrive

In this interview, education researcher Dr. Camille Farrington and Raikes Foundation Program Manager Gisele Shorter describe initiatives that are supporting equitable K-12 learning environments and the conditions that foster them. They also announced the Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) Library. It is an online resource designed to help educators, parents, and policymakers find resources and recommendations for creating more equitable and empowering learning environments.  Listen.

Q&A on Mental Health and the Future of Learning with Brooke Stafford-Brizard and Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Chan Zuckerberg Director of Whole Child Development Dr. Stafford-Brizard had an engaging Q&A session with Pamela Cantor, M.D., of Turnaround for Children, at the Aurora Institute Symposium. This wide-ranging discussion focuses on what developmental science teaches us about the connections between relationships and learning, the primacy of context in determining a student’s engagement with learning, and how a focus on mental health and academic rigor go hand-in-hand. Watch.

New Innovation Spotlight Episode – Adopting and Applying a Futures-Thinking Mindset in Education

In this interview from the Voices Hub station at the Aurora Institute Symposium, Jason Swanson, of KnowledgeWorks, offers a fascinating look into the world of futures-thinking and its application in the transformation of K-12 education.  Listen.

Bringing Critical Design Pillars into Practice

Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative challenges schools to rethink student success, incorporating mental health and well-being as important components. In this excerpt of her symposium keynote, she shares three core pillars of designing such a system: skill development, relationships, and environment. Watch.

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Future-Focused Education Innovations: Insights from Global Leaders

Watch this archived webinar to learn from experts about how New Zealand school leaders are designing new learning models and working together to build knowledge and practices that develop deep learning and foster whole system change. The New Zealand Education system’s vision is described as a “highly connected, interdependent education system that equips students with skills for the future, fosters students’ identity, language and culture, and prepares students to participate as successful citizens in the 21st century.”

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Plugged In Headlines: News About Education Transformation


This District Helps Young Kids Identify Their Interests — and Ideal Careers
Stephen Noonoo, EdSurge

The High School Diploma Dilemma
Margaret Raymond, The Hill

Measuring Actual Learning Versus Feeling of Learning in Response to Being Actively Engaged in the Classroom
Louis Deslauriers, Logan S. McCarty, Kelly Miller, Kristina Callaghan, and Greg Kestin, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Representing 21st Century Skills in Curricula: A New Study
Dirk Hastedt and Esther Care, Brookings

Report: Diversifying Teacher Workforce, Linking Preservice to Later Performance among ‘High-Priority Issues’
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive

How 4 Communities Are Struggling to Prepare Kids for an Uncertain Future
Benjamin Herold, Education Week

Is Education the New Currency?
Edd Gent, BBC

WGU North Carolina Signs Agreement with Rowan-Salisbury School System
David Whisenant, WBTV

How to Make Student Choice Work
Lauren Gehr, Edutopia

5 Things that Should Be Done to Improve the US Educational System 
Penny Bauder, Thrive Global

Michigan Teachers to Lawmakers: Give Us a Voice In Policy Decisions that Affect Our Jobs
Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat

Lawmakers Consider Expansion of Competency-Based Schools
Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

How Culturally Responsive Lessons Teach Critical Thinking
Clint Smith, Teaching Tolerance

In Some States, ESSA Goals for English-Learners Are ‘Purely Symbolic,’ Report Finds
Corey Mitchell , Education Week

Learning to Lead for Equity
Kimberly Charis, Boardsmanship Review

Alleyne: Creating Career and Technical Education Programs in High Schools Isn’t Enough. We Must Also Create Networks of Privilege to Help Graduates Access These Good-Paying Careersy
Atnre Alleyne, The 74

Districts Wired for Student Voice
Laura Varlas, ASCD Education Update

The New Economy Demands a New Learning Approach
Phyllis Lockett, Forbes

How to Make High School Graduation More Meaningful for Every Student
Scott Sargrad, Forbes

Aurora Institute in the News


Innovative Assessment Pilots Should Support Equity, and Strive for Broad Impact, Groups Say
The U.S. Department of Education should give states more time to implement innovative assessment programs, and the agency should make awards to projects that can have a broad impact on state testing systems, according to public comments the department received on innovative assessment grants. Read More

What is Personalized Education?
I remember early in my career (nearly 30 years ago) when the term ‘personalized education’ (or ‘personalized learning’) was being bandied around the teacher table at lunch. Being new to the profession, I stayed quiet, hoping to learn what this might mean for me and my classroom. Read More

Reminders

Join Eliot Levine for the Aurora Institute Meet Up at SXSW EDU

Headed to SXSW EDU? Save March 11, 2020, for the Aurora Institute Meet Up. Our Research Director Eliot Levine will lead a conversation on “Going Deeper with Personalized, Competency-Based Education.” The meet up will take place at 2 pm in the Austin Suite of the Austin Convention Center. Follow @Eliot_Levine on Twitter for the latest in research on competency-based education.

CompetencyWorks Web Content Is Transitioning

CompetencyWorks is an initiative of the Aurora Institute. It has maintained a separate website since its founding but will be integrated under our new brand. When the new Aurora Institute website goes live this spring, CompetencyWorks.org will become part of it. All CompetencyWorks blog posts and reports will be available in the new location. More information will be provided when the new site is launched.

News, Resources, & Opportunities from around the Field
  • Center for Collaborative Education has launched Building for Equity, a guide for inclusive school redesign. Explore
  • Future Ready Schools announced launched new tools and resources for school board members to connect with their communities, support a culture of innovation within their schools, and promote a vision for teaching and learning that is student-centered.  Learn More.
  • Education Reimagined invites young people to participate in the Young Filmmakers Challenge by producing a short film based on the theme: What if “school” as we know it didn’t exist?  Enter
  • The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has announced a grant fund to “amplify the authentic voices of young people.” Apply
Symposium 2020 - October 25-28, 2020 | San Antonio, TX
Our Center for Policy Advocacy 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 is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. Competency Works 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.
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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March 4, 2020

Save The Date For The Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 – Oct. 25-28 | San Antonio, TX

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR


The world has changed; so too must our education system. Around the country – and the globe – schools are changing to modernize how teachers teach and how students learn – replacing traditional, time-based structures with new innovative, mastery-based student-centered learning models. Educators and school leaders are driving this transformation and re-imagining teaching and learning with new school designs to ensure all students build knowledge and skills, can apply it to real-world problems, and build the competencies they need to become lifelong learners.

Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to find their tribe, learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

It is the field’s largest convening of professionals dedicated to student-centered learning, covering the greatest depth of practice, policy, and research. It is an unrivaled opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and allies, form relationships with others at the frontlines of next-generation learning, and add the field’s foremost thought leaders to your professional network.

Join us October 25-28, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, for the 15th annual symposium, to be held at the Henry B. González Convention Center, along the banks of the famous River Walk.

Our Call for Presentation Proposals Will Open March 23, 2020.

Reflections from the 2019 Symposium

Highlights from Previous Symposium
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About Us

The mission of the Aurora Institute is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.

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February 14, 2020

Plugged In | 02.14.20 – Be Future-Informed

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New Innovation Spotlight Episode – Adopting and Applying a Futures-Thinking Mindset in Education

Over the next several weeks, we’ll share some of the most thought-provoking and engaging conversations recorded at our annual symposium. One of the most riveting discussions was with Jason Swanson, director of strategic foresight at KnowledgeWorks. He offered an insider’s view of futurist thinking and how it informs systems change in education. Listen to this.
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Join Susan Patrick and Eliot Levine for the Aurora Institute Meet Up at SXSW EDU

Headed to SXSW EDU? Save March 11, 2020, for the Aurora Institute Meet Up. President & CEO Susan Patrick and Research Director Eliot Levine will lead a conversation on “Going Deeper with Personalized, Competency-Based Education.” The meet up will take place at 2 pm in the Austin Suite of the Austin Convention Center. Mark your calendars.

From the Education Domain Blog

Shawn Rubin on Innovative Educator Prep and Stakeholder Voice

In a recent conversation, Shawn Rubin, our 2017 Innovator Award recipient and chief education officer at the Highlander Institute, shared details of an innovative educator prep model and talked about what’s missing from the conversation about the shift toward student-centered learning. Listen.

Bringing Critical Design Pillars into Practice

Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative challenges schools to rethink student success, incorporating mental health and well-being as important components. In this excerpt of her symposium keynote, she shares three core pillars of designing such a system: skill development, relationships, and environment. Watch.

Featured Resources

A Strategic Reflection on the Field of Competency-Based Education

School systems across the United States are realizing the promise of competency-based education – transforming the culture and structure of the traditional time-based system into one that is designed to help every student succeed. In a recent webinar, Aurora Institute President and CEO Susan Patrick and Research Director Eliot Levine reflected on the current state of competency-based education. Watch the webinar to gain an understanding of developments happening across the field, explore areas of growth, and identify emerging issues that will inform the future direction of competency-based education.

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Plugged In Headlines: News About Education Transformation


Personalized Education Aims to Break Restraints of Traditional Classroom
Kim Archer, Tulsa World Magazine

No More As and Fs? Teachers Experiment With ‘Standards-Based’ Grading
Elena Kadvany, Palo Alto Weekly

Report: States Enacted More Than 200 CTE Policies in 2019
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive

Education in 2020 State of the States Addresses
FutureEd

How Do We Move from Tweaking Education to Transforming It?
Kelly Young, Medium

Survey: 75% of Teen Feelings about High School Are Negative
Fred Mamoun-Yale, Futurity

Q&A — Three Minutes With CZI’s Brooke Stafford-Brizard: What the Schools Best at Supporting the Whole Child Have in Common
Greg Richmond, The 74

EIU Partners With CUSD-1 To Focus On Competency-Based Education
Effingham Radio

Why Preparing Students for the World Of Work Is So Hard
Alyson Klein, Education Week

I Asked My Students to Tackle a Problem. Their Solution Taught Me a Lot about Culturally Responsive Teaching.
David Mumper, Chalkbeat

A Black School Leader Confronts Privilege and Power
Jamel Adkins-Sharif, ASCD Express

Why Focusing On Adult Learning Builds A School Culture Where Students Thrive
Katrina Schwartz, EKQED MindShift

Four States Receive Flexibility under ESSA Waiver Program
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive

Here’s Why This Principal Started A School Turnaround With SEL
Belinda Vasquez, eSchoolNews

Educators Using 2019 Diversity Report to Show Districts How They Can Better Support Teachers of Color
Bekah McNeel, The 74

Aurora Institute in the News


Now Is the Time to Modernize Wyoming’s Education System
Wyoming is currently the only state without policies in education that allow for competency-based education, as identified by the Aurora Institute, a national education research organization. Read More

Reminders

Rebrand Update: Our Staff Email Addresses Have Changed

Now that we have become the Aurora Institute, our email addresses have changed. To make sure your email gets through, replace “inacol.org” with “aurora-institute.org” when sending messages to our team members. Please update your address books, and contact our communications team if you have any questions.

CompetencyWorks Web Content Is Transitioning

CompetencyWorks is an initiative of the Aurora Institute. It has maintained a separate website since its founding but will be integrated under our new brand. When the new Aurora Institute website goes live this spring, CompetencyWorks.org will become part of it. All CompetencyWorks blog posts and reports will be available in the new location. More information will be provided when the new site is launched.

News, Resources, & Opportunities from around the Field
New Resource Highlights Micro-credential Policies Across States
Digital Promise, in partnership with the National Education Association and the Center for Teaching Quality, has produced a resource on the growing momentum around micro-credentials. The interactive Micro-credential Policy Map lets you explore micro-credential policies and implementation stories across the nation. Explore.
New KnowledgeWorks Fellowship Opportunity
For six months, the KnowledgeWorks Personalized Learning Community Fellowship will bring together instructional leaders from multiple states to co-design a peer-to-peer learning community for instructional coaches, building leaders, teacher leaders and educators working to scale personalized, competency-based learning. Learn more.
Teachers Are Invited to Join the KQED Youth Media Challenge on the 2020 Election
Middle and high school educators across the country are empowering students to share their take on issues that matter to them. Learn how your students can create and publish audio or video commentaries for a national audience. The Election 2020 media challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Students will choose an election-related issue that matters to them and produce evidence-based commentary while practicing critical 21st-century skills. Learn more.
New Resource on Grading and Reporting for Educational Equity from Great Schools Partnerships
This guide highlights the central practices that schools can use to ensure their grading and reporting systems help them build a nurturing, equitable, creative, and dynamic culture of learning. It was produced after three years of study, school visits, correspondence, and interviews. It responds to the needs of schools to establish a growth mindset and to put effort behind conversations around diversity and implicit bias. It establishes core tenets for grading and reporting and offers examples of each principle in action.  Download.
Symposium 2020 - October 25-28, 2020 | San Antonio, TX
Our Center for Policy Advocacy 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 is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. Competency Works 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.
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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