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May 17, 2019

Plugged In | 05.17.19 – A Reflection on the Anniversary of Brown v. Board, Webinar Announcement, and CBE Headlines

A final word today from the neo-liberals.

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May 17, 2019
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65 Years On: A Reflection on Brown v. Board and Educational Equity
A Reflection on Brown v. Board
Today marks 65 years since the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the seminal civil rights ruling outlawing school segregation.

Since the ruling, American public school systems have wrestled with how to ensure equality for students regardless of race or background. However, equality cannot be achieved when the structures and systems were designed to disadvantage students of color. It is not enough to allow access to our public schools; we must question whether the opportunities, supports, and resources provided to students are what they need and set them up for success. Today we need to ask ourselves how are we creating equitable learning environments where all students can succeed.

Despite dramatic improvements in education over the last century, the one-size-fits-all, delivery of curriculum, time-based system simply doesn’t work as well as needed. In fact, the traditional system was designed to rank and sort students through a combination of practices that bolster or reduce grades based on behavior and tracking systems that set different expectations for students, often based on their income or race.

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2019 iNACOL Symposium Early-Bird Registration Savings Ending Soon
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.  iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event shaping the future of K-12 education. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, and researchers gather and work to transform education. This year’s theme is “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.” More than 3,000 people are expected to attend and learn through more than 200 sessions, meet experts and practitioners, witness inspirational keynote addresses and form long-lasting bonds with the field’s foremost leaders and innovators.

Attendee registration is now openRegistration rates  will increase beginning July 11, 2019.

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Reminders
An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education
New Webinar on Competency Education May 23rd
Our upcoming webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what makes an effective competency-based model, and what policies are needed to fully support it to ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career, and life. Presenters will include Eliot Levine , iNACOL Research Director; Susan Patrick, iNACOL President & CEO; and Dr. Pamela Swanson, Superintendent of Westminster Public Schools.
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WPS Competency-Based Education Summit
iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick to Keynote WPS Summit on Competency-Based Education
Educators from around the world will attend the second annual Westminster Public Schools Summit to take a look at a districtwide implementation of competency-based learning. iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick will keynote the event, which will allow attendees to visit classrooms and learn from teachers and administrators who have been driving the transformation toward student-centered learning for more than 10 years.
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New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
Six Fixes for Proficiency-Based Learning
Proficiency-based learning (PBL), at its core, is about redesigning the learning and teaching system of America. Instead of basing learning on how much time a student spends, it bases learning on what students can demonstrate – exactly the same as every other system students will encounter in the world outside of school. Instead of only offering opportunities if students want to excel beyond very minimum levels of learning, it provides immediate support when students initially struggle to achieve high levels of learning. It is not a privilege-based system that benefits a few as the current tracking system employed across America follows today, but rather, an accountability system that demands support and assistance for all students.

– David Ruff

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Strategies for Teachers to Drive Student Agency through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning
Featured Webinar: Strategies for Teachers to Drive Student Agency through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning
In next generation learning models, student agency has been vital in shaping a learner’s academic experience and overall success. Allowing students to take ownership of their learning is critical for development, and fosters a healthy learning environment. In this webinar, you will hear from educators in Henry County Public Schools (GA) share how they use real-world experiences to evoke curiosity and create strategies for inquiry-based learning.
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BONUS: Investing in Student Agency
Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
OPINION: Personalized Learning Wasn’t Invented by Silicon Valley
Phyllis Lockett, Hechinger Report

What We’ve Learned From Two Years of Piloting Formative Assessment
Katy Escandell and Dr. Lisa Goodnow, Getting Smart

Project Idaho: Middle School Using Alternative Methods to Help Struggling Students
Haley Kramer, IdahoNews

Learner-Centered Schools in Albemarle County
Emily Liebtag, GettingSmart

Is Your School District Preparing Your Students? State Approves ‘Portrait of a Graduate’ Model
St. George News

Study: School Segregation Persists 65 Years After Brown Decision
Amelia Harper, Education Dive

How Schools Can Spend Time More Wisely: 4 Big Tips From Daniel Pink
Alyson Klein, Education Week
Leading Education Foundation Promotes Race Equity, Vows To Fight Racism
Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

Two Rivers School to Adopt Big Picture Model Next Year
Madison Miller, Snoqualmie Valley Record


iNACOL in the News
This Week’s ESSA News: Building a Pipeline of School Principals Through Title I Funds, Indiana Publishes Foster-Care Student Data, Rating States by Equity & More 
Virginia Democrat Rep. Bobby Scott told state school chiefs at the CCSSO Legislative Conference this month that while the Every Student Succeeds Act gives states… Read More.

 

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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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Resources
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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May 16, 2019

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

And from the neo-liberals.

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Dear Colleagues:

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium 2019 today. Early-bird registration discounts end July 10, 2019.

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.

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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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May 3, 2019

Plugged In | 05.3.19 – #iNACOL19 Content Selection Complete, New Webinars

A newsletter from the neo-liberals to end the week.

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May 3, 2019
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Symposium Content Selection Announcements Coming Soon
Content Selection Announcements coming soon
The iNACOL Symposium Program Committee and iNACOL staff have reviewed close to 800 proposals for sessions at the 2019 iNACOL Symposium, to be held Oct. 28-31 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. After many difficult decisions, the team has begun finalizing the program. Status notifications will be sent on Monday, May 6, 2019.

As noted during the RFP process earlier this year, the Program Committee gives priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based learning environments, drawing on participant experiences and promoting dialogue and exchange. This year, we also encouraged, and received, high-quality proposals covering specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature.

Beginning June 1, accepted speakers can access our system to update their sessions. Waitlisted speakers will be notified as space becomes available. Registration for the Symposium is now open, with more than 200 sessions in 25 tracks planned. For answers to common questions about the Symposium, see our FAQ page, or get in touch.

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Webinar Series on Next Generation Professional Learning
In a series of three webinars, iNACOL has partnered with 2Revolutions to explore the future of educator learning. The last webinar is scheduled for May 9, 2019, at 3 pm Eastern. Register to attend.

Throughout the interactive series, we’ve investigated the current state of teacher professional learning and unpacked why it needs to change to align with transformations in student learning. We’ve examined policies and trends shaping the future of educator learning and envisioned what a next generation professional learning model could look like. In addition to breakout rooms in which participants could talk and brainstorm with each other, the second webinar in the series introduced Learn Next, a free toolbox of courses, playlists, learning progressions and other professional development resources.

In the final installment, we will cover the policy context of educator credentialing before exploring a case study of a new competency-based educator learning program. To see the past webinars in this series and other iNACOL learning sessions, explore our Resources page.

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Reminders
An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education
New Webinar on Competency Education
This May 23rd webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what makes up an effective competency-based model, and what policies need to be in place to fully support it. Presenters will include Eliot Levine, iNACOL Research Director; Susan Patrick, iNACOL President & CEO; and Dr. Pamela Swanson, Superintendent of Westminster Public Schools.
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Symposium Early Bird Registration
iNACOL Symposium Early-Bird Registration Now Open
Register to attend the 2019 iNACOL Symposium today. Early-bird registration discounts end July 10, 2019.

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 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Review our Symposium pricing and deadlines for more details.

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New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
States Rethinking Accountability to Support Student-Centered Learning and Innovation
States are using a variety of approaches to innovation in accountability systems. Some are taking a broader perspective to redefine success and rethink measures and school report cards. Some are providing user-friendly tools so that parents can explore school data to find the information that matters most to them. States are also changing the systems of assessments that provide student achievement data for the accountability systems, and some states are conducting accountability innovation pilots.

– Maria Worthen and Natalie Truong

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Featured Resource: Webinar – Redefining Student Success in K-12 Education: Getting Started with “Profile of a Graduate” Conversations in Your Schools and Communities
In the transformation to personalized, competency-based learning, schools and districts are rethinking how they define student success. Some schools and districts are now implementing the Profile of a Graduate, which provides a more wholesome look into college and career readiness for students. In this webinar, EdLeader21 partners with iNACOL to identify ways to lead the conversation around the Profile of a Graduate, and get communities involved in this initiative.
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BONUS: What if… We Had Graduate Profiles for Elementary and Middle School?
Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
Boody: As a Former Teacher, I Have Big Questions About Education, Technology & Recent Summit Learning Article. You Should, Too
Katie Boody, The 74

A Call for Systemic Change for Personalized Learning
Joseph J. Cirasuolo, Phi Delta Kappan

What Does Your School Schedule Say About Equity? More Than You Think.
Adam Pisoni and Diane Conti, EdSurge

Teachers Go to School on Racial Bias
Amadou Diallo, The Hechinger Report 

The Case for Proficiency in Education
David Ruff, Bangor Daily News

New $600 Million Federal Program Targets Tech Needs of Rural Areas
Alyson Klein, EdWeek

No Zeroes, Accepting Late Work Among Recent Shifts in Teachers’ Grading Practices
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive

Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program Funding Announcement
CTE Policy Watch

Cultural Competency: Finding Ways to Bring Equity Through Personalized Learning
Mariel Cariker, EdTech Times

The Deeper Dig: What Proficiency-based Learning Looks Like 
Mike Dougherty and Elizabeth Hewitt, VT Digger

Four Ways Schools Can Support the Whole Child
Lisa Flook, Greater Good Magazine


iNACOL in the News
This Week’s ESSA News: Building a Pipeline of School Principals Through Title I Funds, Indiana Publishes Foster-Care Student Data, Rating States by Equity & More 
Virginia Democrat Rep. Bobby Scott told state school chiefs at the CCSSO Legislative Conference this month that while the Every Student Succeeds Act gives states… Read More.

 

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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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Resources
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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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.
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April 19, 2019

Plugged In | 04.19.19 – #iNACOL19 Registration Now Open and New Webinars Slated for May 2019

And a newsletter from this neo-liberal organization…

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April 19, 2019
INACOL HOME PAGE
Registration Now Open for the 2019 iNACOL Symposium
Attendee registration is now open for the iNACOL Symposium, which will run October 28-31, 2019 at the Palm Springs Convention Center under the theme “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.”

The annual conference is the premier learning conference for those driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers, innovators, and students gather and work to transform education.

The iNACOL Symposium includes tracks for competency education, assessment for learning, leadership, professional development, policy and advocacy, quality assurance, human capital, community engagement, research and many more.

To take advantage of special early-bird discounts, register to attend by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10, 2019 to receive special early-bird discounts on attendee registration.

Direct all questions about registration to the contact the iNACOL Symposium team.

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Reminders
Register for an Upcoming Webinar on Reimagining Credentialing
For students to experience the future of learning, we must transform educator learning. In this final webinar of a three-part series with 2Revolutions , we will offer policy context for key trends in educator credentialing and hear about an innovative new master’s program developed in partnership between Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and 2Revolutions. Participants will consider how we might redesign credentialing programs so that they support the future of educator learning. Join hosts Adam Rubin, 2Revolutions Founder and Partner; Ali Brown, 2Revolutions Principal; Wendy Baker, SNHU’s Head of Graduate Studies; and iNACOL Policy Director, Natalie Truong on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 3 pm Eastern.
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Sign up for an Upcoming Webinar on Competency’s FAQs
Competency-based education, also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based or performance-based education, is a system of education designed to equitably ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career, and life. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what makes up an effective competency-based model, and what policies need to be in place to fully support it. Click below to register and hear from competency education leaders Eliot Levine, iNACOL Research Director, and Susan Patrick, iNACOL President & CEO on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 3 pm Eastern.
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New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
Funding Challenges and Action Steps for Policymakers to Support Education Transformation
States and school districts around the nation are advancing policies to support the shift toward student-centered, personalized, competency-based education. iNACOL is frequently asked to offer guidance on how to fund this transformation, and to that end, we released State Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation. The issue brief presented several case studies showing the diverse approaches states have used to resource their innovation initiatives. Policymakers can begin their resourcing approach by examining their state’s funding formulas and how they might pose barriers and challenges that limit the flexibility needed for innovative learning models.

– Maria Worthen and Natalie Truong

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The Role of School Libraries in School Transformation
In a learner-centered paradigm, libraries serve an important purpose, for one of their main commitments is to cultivate self-interest in learners and equip them with the skills to independently evaluate sources of information. Materials that libraries supply for students – books, computers, audiobooks, microfiche, etc. – are all just mediums for the transfer of information. Librarians act not only as guides to assist students in finding materials that are suitable to their academic goals and interests, but also as an arbiter of the sources to which students are given access.

Dustin Hensley

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Featured Resource: Webinar – Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education
In this webinar, Katherine Casey takes an in-depth look into her report, Moving Toward Mastery, which examines how the educator workforce can be redesigned for a personalized, competency-based system. Professional learning environments for educators should reflect those of their students, as it is ciritcal that educators are properly equipped for their new roles. View this webinar to learn more about rethinking professional learning.
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BONUS: The Future of Teacher Learning
Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
How to Unlock Students’ Internal Drive for Learning
Tara García Mathewson, Hechinger Report 

Fixing America’s Education Crisis-Kevin Chavous
Jan Jekielek, The Epoch Times

When Will K-12 Classrooms Scrap Those Age-Old, Rigid Desk-Chairs?
Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief

The 74 Interview: Priscilla Chan on Supporting Whole-Child Education, Nurturing Diverse Scientists and Measuring Success Beyond Math and Reading
Richard Whitmire, The 74

Derry Schools Pilot ‘Genius Hour’ and Other Competency Education Programs
Ryan Lessard, New Hampshire Union Leader

National Urban League and Urban One Announce Evaluation Results Of Several State Education Equality Plans
Nigel Roberts, NewsOne

No Longer Forgotten: The Triumphs and Struggles of Rural Education in America
The Aspen Institute

Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education
House Committee on Education and Labor

The Teacher Diversity Gap is Literally Inherited
Seth Gershenson and Alberto Jacinto, Brookings Institution

How Schools Are Responding to Migrant Children
Kavitha Cardoza, Education Week


iNACOL in the News
Report: Time to Test New Forms of Teacher Prep
An organization advocating for personalized learning and competency-based education has issued a brief intended to help federal decision-makers improve professional development for teachers…Read More.

 

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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.
READ MORE
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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.
READ MORE
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Resources
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.
READ MORE
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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.
This email was sent by: iNACOL 1934 Old Gallows Road, Suite 350 Vienna, VA, 22182-4040, United States

April 12, 2019

Register To Attend The iNACOL Symposium

An item from the neo-liberals.

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Dear Colleagues:

Attendee registration is now open for the iNACOL Symposium held on October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. This year’s theme is “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.”

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium here.

iNACOL’s annual conference is the premier learning conference for those driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators gather and work to transform education.The iNACOL Symposium includes tracks for competency education, assessment for learning, leadership, professional development, policy and advocacy, quality assurance, human capital, community engagement, research and many more.

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10, 2019 to receive special early-bird discounts on attendee registration.

For questions, please contact the iNACOL Symposium team. We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs.

Share With Your Colleagues:

  • Registration for #iNACOL19 is now open! Explore details about the conference and register to attend today to get early-bird rateshttp://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol
  • Attend the leading conference in advancing #nextgen #K12 education! #iNACOL19 registration is open! http://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol

About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. On October 21-24, 2018, 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 Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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