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February 24, 2017

Request for Presentation Proposals is Open | iNACOL Symposium 2017

An item from the neo-liberals in Wednesday’s inbox…

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida on October 23-25, 2017.

Submit your presentation proposal here.

iNACOL’s annual conference is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators gather and work to transform education.

To access the RFP and submit your proposal to present, please click here. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You can download the RFP questions in advance by clicking this link. The iNACOL Program Committee will notify applicants of proposal status no later than Monday, May 1, 2017.

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

For tips on submitting your presentation proposal, we are hosting a special edition webinar onThursday, March 2, 2017 from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will explain the RFP process and timeline for proposal selection, and highlight ways to design interactive sessions that generate meaningful collaboration and foster engagement. Register for the webinar here.  If you can’t attend the webinar due to timing issues, you can still register and we’ll send you the archived webinar to view.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Ally Swensen, Chair of the iNACOL Program Committee, at symposium@inacol.org. For other frequently asked questions, explore the Symposium FAQs web page.

Registration for the Symposium will open in early spring. Find more information on theiNACOL Symposium website, and follow our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn feeds for updates.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. On October 23-25, 2017, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of powerful, personalized 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 the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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February 23, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 2.23.17

From the neo-liberals to end the day…

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN
  2.23.17 
Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida onOctober 23-25, 2017. Submit your presentation proposal here. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. iNACOL is hosting a Special Edition Webinar on March 2 at 2:00 p.m. ET to explain the RFP process and timeline, and highlight ways to design interactive, meaningful sessions. Learn more and register for the webinar here.

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KnowledgeWorks released ESSA and Personalized Learning: State by State, which is an interactive map and state-by-state analysis of state strategies to advance personalized learning. This resource highlights emerging ideas states are considering as they leverage flexibilities in their state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The House of Representatives voted to overturn accountability and teacher preparation regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Learn more here.

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


New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Policies for Personalization: Levels, Pace, and Progress
Districts will need to develop a set of policies or guidelines regarding pace. The function of keeping students learning at a meaningful pace (as compared to delivering curriculum) is one of the most important and challenging aspects of…

New Report for Parents and Communities Opens Ideas on What is Possible with Personalized Learning
Teachers, leaders, students and families in communities across the country are coming together to explore how schools can better prepare students to succeed after graduation. Together, they’re exploring big questions such as: what must…

A Rare Opportunity to Shape the Future of Education in Communities and States Across America
With a new federal K-12 education law in the United States passed, the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015), it is a historic time in public education. The power has shifted back to state and local systems to plan, design and strengthen public…

Empowering Teachers
In competency-based schools, a collaborative and empowered cadre of teachers is the engine that drives learning. Student learning depends on a strong adaptive instructional cycle that, in turn, depends on skilled teachers using their…


Upcoming iNACOL Events

March Special Edition Webinar | A Primer on Submitting Your Proposal to Present at the iNACOL Symposium 2017
March 2, 2017  |  2:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

March Leadership Webinar | Future-Focused Education Innovations: Insights from Global Leaders
March 15, 2017  |  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

March Teacher Talk Webinar | An Introduction to Maker Education for Teachers
March 16, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

March Special Edition Webinar | Course Access: Improving Student Access to Advanced Coursework and a Well-Rounded Education
March 28, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

April Teacher Talk Webinar | How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students
April 20, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Submit your presentation proposal here.
Visit the Symposium website.


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

Supporting Teachers at D51: A Conversation with the Professional Learning Facilitators
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

New STEM-Focused Micro School Concept Lands in Decatur
Brent Barron, Dekalb Neighbor

Moving to “Engage, Equip and Empower” District 51 Students
Jim Spehar, The Daily Sentinel

Can Micro-Credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development for Teachers?
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift

The Road to Invisible Assessment
Kai-leé Berke, EdSurge

How Schools Improve
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Competency-Based Education: Technology Challenges and Opportunities
Mark Leuba, Educause Review


iNACOL in the News

5 Examples of Personalized Learning in Action
Laura Ascione, eSchool News
As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in classrooms across the nation, it is easier than ever for students with different learning styles and needs to create personalized learning environments. A new report from iNACOL gives…

Developing Our Understanding of Personalized Learning
Barbara Kurshan and Jenny Janovitz, Forbes
“Personalized learning” programs and the use of the term “personalized learning” seem to be everywhere in education today. It is understandable why there is such a “big to-do” about it. The achievement gap between students from high…

The 4 Common Characteristics of Personalized Learning
Leila Meyer, THE Journal
Over the last decade, technology has radically altered the way we live, work and communicate, yet many schools continue to follow the industrial age model of education established more than 100 years ago. Personalized learning presents…

 

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February 18, 2017

iNACOL Symposium 2017 Decision to Move from North Carolina

This is kind of interesting, as iNACOL faced this same issue back in 2010 and didn’t absolutely nothing about it (see Attending The Virtual School Symposium In Arizona???, Issues Of Diversity Preconference To Include AZ State Superintendent & More Anti-Ethnic News From Arizona And VSS 2010 Considerations).  I guess it is better late than never for this organization to become “highly principled”…

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Dear Colleagues,

As a highly principled organization at iNACOL, we are in a position in which we must take a stand and we have no option but to move our conference from North Carolina.

As a result of anti-LBGTQ legislation in North Carolina (HB2, informally known as the bathroom bill), iNACOL has made the decision to move the iNACOL Symposium 2017 from Charlotte, North Carolina to Orlando, Florida on October 23-25, 2017.

Here is the difficult situation we find ourselves in:
iNACOL seeks to organize the iNACOL Symposium in different locations each year. We chose Charlotte, North Carolina for the iNACOL Symposium 2017 three years ago (2014), before the idea of a law such as HB2 was even being discussed, let alone enacted. Since the HB2 law took effect in 2016, we remained hopeful that it would be repealed. We have contacted the North Carolina Senate and House leadership, but it appears the repeal of HB2 is unlikely to happen in the immediate future and certainly not in the timeframe we need to move our event to another location. The legislature went into special session in December 2016 with the purpose of fixing this and repealing HB2 and failed to do so.

iNACOL itself is driven by the values of learning, respect, equal access, educational equity and excellence. North Carolina’s passage of HB2 and its discriminatory nature have substantially changed the circumstances under which we signed the contract in 2014. Therefore, we have decided that we must take a stand at considerable costs to our organization.

As you can imagine, finding an alternative venue in such a short team is no small feat. We realize that it may be inconvenient for those of you who put the earlier October date on your calendar. But we hope our supporters, the entire community, and leaders in the field will join us in standing up and supporting our work. We ask you to join us in considering the principles driving our decision.

We are on a journey focused on doing what is best for students and driving innovations toward equity. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando and working together to transform education toward learner-centered, personalized models for all of America’s kids.

Sincerely,

Susan Patrick
President and CEO
iNACOL

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February 10, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 2/16: How Teachers Are Leading Change for Personalized Learning Inbox x

And from the neo-liberals…

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TEACHER TALK WEBINAR

How Teachers Are Leading Change for Personalized Learning

Thursday, February 16, 2017

6:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Teacher Talk webinar to explore how teachers are leading the transition of their schools and districts toward personalized learning to improve learning experiences for all students.

Teachers across the country are developing new learning designs to personalize instruction and meet the unique needs of each student. Join this webinar to learn first-hand from teachers and leaders from Pennsylvania’s East Pennsboro Area School District on leading transformative change from traditional classroom models toward personalized learning models. Learn how to begin and lead the transition toward personalized learning in your own school or district to design learning environments for students to excel and thrive.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Across the world, teachers are changing their instructional models and shifting practice by personalizing learning. Personalized learning requires effective teaching, first and foremost, as well as new strategies and methods in a cycle of goal setting, supports, pathways and students showing what they know. When instruction is customized to each students’ needs, interests and pathways, teachers create powerful, personalized learning opportunities each day. This paradigm shift from one-size-fits-all content delivery to preparing each and every student for success also helps build skills for entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.”

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

Webinar Title: How Teachers Are Leading Change for Personalized Learning

Presenters:


About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models.Visit our website like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter .

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February 8, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 2.08.17

A final word from the neo-liberals…

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN
  2.08.17 
Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL released a new report: What’s Possible with Personalized Learning?This report is designed to inform schools, families and communities about the potential of personalized learning. Through case studies, this paper illustrates what personalized learning looks like in practice, provides examples of teachers personalizing learning in their schools and districts, and shares student perspectives on how new instructional designs are meeting their unique needs.

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


New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

A Rare Opportunity to Shape the Future of Education in Communities and States Across America
With a new federal K-12 education law in the United States passed, the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015), it is a historic time in public education. The power has shifted back to state and local systems to plan, design and strengthen public…

Pioneering the New Way of Learning: Learner Agency and Opportunity
We are members of GripTape’s Youth Leadership Board which is composed of youth in high school and college who have set out on a journey to change the view of education for youth everywhere. Through weekly video conferences, new…

New Report for Parents and Communities Opens Ideas on What is Possible with Personalized Learning
Teachers, leaders, students and families in communities across the country are coming together to explore how schools can better prepare students to succeed after graduation. Together, they’re exploring big questions such as: what must…

Policies for Personalization: Student Agency
If a district puts into place all the pieces described earlier, they will be well on their way to creating a strong standards-referenced system – but not a student-centered one. The new value proposition is based on an integration of…


Upcoming iNACOL Events

February Teacher Talk Webinar | How Teachers Are Leading Change for Personalized Learning
February 16, 2017  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

March Leadership Webinar | Future-Focused Education Innovations: Insights from Global Leaders
March 15, 2017  |  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

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

Proficiency Is for Hope
Bill Zima, CompetencyWorks

#AdvanceEquity: A New Dialogue Series on Equity and Inclusion
NewProfit

PISA, Internalizing Failure, and Barriers to Deeper Learning
Jonathan J.B. Mijs and Tyler S. Thigpen, Education Week

Mastery Approach Lets Students Engage More Deeply with Learning
Kelly Brady and Krysta Swanger, Idaho Statesman

Utah Senator’s Bill Would Allow Schools to Keep Funding When Students Graduate Early
Benjamin Wood, The Salt Lake Tribune

Competency-Based Education Gains Momentum
Kristi DePaul, Next Generation Learning Challenges

iNACOL in the News

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other EdTech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle
Michael B. Horn, EdSurge
Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner Hype Cycle-or perhaps as in a metaphorical Ferris wheel, in which concepts take their seats…

Developing Our Understanding of Personalized Learning
Barbara Kurshan and Jenny Janovitz, Forbes
“Personalized learning” programs and the use of the term “personalized learning” seem to be everywhere in education today. It is understandable why there is such a “big to-do” about it. The achievement gap between students from high…

The 4 Common Characteristics of Personalized Learning
Leila Meyer, THE Journal
Over the last decade, technology has radically altered the way we live, work and communicate, yet many schools continue to follow the industrial age model of education established more than 100 years ago. Personalized learning presents…

Tech Advances Help Boost Personalized Learning in Schools
Tanya Roscorla, The Center for Digital Education
Many school district leaders recognize that the traditional school system doesn’t work well for all kids and are moving toward personalized learning. This is new territory, and they’re looking for examples they can follow. To provide school…

Stay connected

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