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May 16, 2018

Plugged In | 5.16.18

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 5.16.18

Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is seeking an experienced, strategic leader to join its senior team asResearch Director and spearhead the knowledge management and research agenda in furtherance of the organizational and field goals and mission. View the position description and consider sharing this with qualified and interested peers on Twitter:

  • New #jobopening from @nacol: iNACOL is seeking a #ResearchDirector to join their team. Learn more and apply here: http://ow.ly/YBnR30jZCZM#nowhiring
  • #NowHiring: iNACOL is seeking a #ResearchDirector to spearhead their knowledge management and research. Learn more and apply here:http://ow.ly/YBnR30jZCZM @nacol

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

CompetencyWorks Releases New Report, Meeting Students Where They Are
Competency-based education has reached an exciting moment in its evolution. In the last 10 years, we’ve witnessed great progress in state policymaking, and states, districts and schools have taken on the challenge of creating new…

Action Steps for State Policymakers to Support Competency-Based Systems
State leaders can support policy for K-12 competency-based education to help all students succeed. Fully-developed, student-centered systems require significant shifts in policy and practice. They require the right balance of policies that…

HA in Hawai’i: Redefining Success for Whole Child Learning
Emerging research in the science of learning asserts that environmental, developmental, psychological, emotional and cultural contexts and experiences are highly interrelated. These contexts individually and collectively impact…

CompetencyWorks Releases Equity Report for Ensuring All Students Succeed in Personalized, Competency-Based Education
The role of public education has never been more important – it is the bedrock of democracy. Competency-based education holds promise as a uniquely powerful model for fostering equity, but only if equity is an intentional design feature…

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

Recommended Resources on Competency-Based Education from Folks Doing the Work
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Why Principals Are Embracing Personalized Learning
Michelle R. Davis, Education Week

Say Goodbye to “Classrooms” – Harrisburg to Expand Personalized Learning
Allison Royal, KDLT News

Achieving Authentic Learning Through a Major Classroom Culture Shift
Kareem Farah, Next Generation Learning Challenges

How Reverse Planning for Goals Can Help Students Succeed in School
Linda Flanagan, KQED Mind/Shift

Kids Need More Personalized Learning to Keep Them in School
Stephanie Malia Krauss, Youth Today

Lessons from Personalized Learning and Competency-Based Education State Pilots
Matt Williams, KnowledgeWorks

Scaffolding Social Action for Your Students
Maurice J. Elias, Edutopia

5 Trends for Seeding CBE Growth
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute

Structure Helps Promote Student Agency
Rob Schwartz and Jeffrey Starr, Education Week

How to Support Teacher Innovation Within a Strict State Accountability System
Dr. Cederick Ellis, EdSurge

Upcoming iNACOL Events

May Leadership Webinar | The Science of Learning and Development and Its Implications for Transforming K-12 Education
May 16, 2018  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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May Teacher Talk Webinar | Strategies for Teachers to Drive Student Agency through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning
May 17, 2018  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
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June Leadership Webinar | An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education
June 6, 2018  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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June Special Edition Webinar | Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality K-12 Competency-Based Education Systems
June 19, 2018  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2018
October 21-24, 2018, Nashville, TN
Attendee registration is open

iNACOL in the News

Choosing Personalized Learning as a Strategy for Educational Equity
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
“Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. Some use online programs or software to give students…

5 Ways to Move to Personalized, Competency-Based Education
Laura Ascione, eSchool News
A new report from iNACOL examines five key issues that could help improve the future of U.S. K-12 education and increase competency-based education, according to the authors. In the report, the authors describe how the traditional…

Educator Development Key to Statewide Personalized Learning, iNACOL Says
Sarah Schwartz, Education Week
States integrating personalized, competency-based learning need to take the lead in preparing their teachers to implement these instructional models, argues a new issue brief from iNACOL. The brief encourages states to identify…

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May 11, 2018

iNACOL Webinar | 5/17: Strategies For Teachers To Drive Student Agency Through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning

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TEACHER TALK WEBINAR 

Strategies for Teachers to Drive Student Agency through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning

Thursday, May 17, 2018
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT, iNACOL (@nacol) will host a webinar exploring how teachers can drive student agency through inquiry-based learning.

Research on motivation and engagement has established that creating opportunities for students to shape their own educational experiences is an essential ingredient for improving academic achievement.

Join this webinar to learn strategies to design educational experiences that drive student agency through inquiry-based, authentic learning in K-12 education. In inquiry-based learning, a question, problem or scenario is posed — which activates students’ curiosity — encouraging and motivating them to do research, explore responses, share what they’ve learned and reflect on their own process and experiences.

In this webinar, educators will share inquiry-based strategies for addressing real-world problems and offer ways to model this behavior to activate student learning.

iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick said, “Inquiry-based learning helps students develop agency, ask core questions, think critically, analyze points-of-view, solve complex problems, and assess and reflect on their learning. Taking ownership of projects and self-regulating achievement of learning goals are critical skills and dispositions for future success.”

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

Webinar Title: Strategies for Teachers to Drive Student Agency through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning

Presenters:

  • Michelle Huffman, Personalized Learning Coach, Henry County (Georgia) Schools
  • Crystal Moore, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Eagle’s Landing Middle School, McDonough, GA
  • Dionne Gould, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Eagle’s Landing Middle School, McDonough, GA

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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May 10, 2018

iNACOL Webinar | 5/16: The Science Of Learning And Development And Its Implications For Transforming K-12 Education

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

The Science of Learning and Development and Its Implications for Transforming K-12 Education

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT (register)

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, iNACOL (@nacol) will host a webinar on the learning sciences and implications for personalized learning approaches in K-12 education, presented by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI). Later this month, LPI will release a publication on learning and development science research and its implications for transforming K-12 educational practice. Join this webinar on May 16, 2018, for key takeaways from the report.

A senior researcher from LPI will present on how K-12 education systems can create personalized learning environments that better support student learning and development — transforming our one-size-fits-all system into one that’s grounded in research and designed for all students to succeed. Join this webinarto understand how trustful relationships, positive school climate and restorative approaches to discipline can enhance learning. In addition, learn how K-12 education systems can offer students opportunities to engage in real-world applications of learning and competency-based performance assessments.

iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick said, “Using research to understand how students learn best creates a foundation for designing more effective personalized learning models. As educators focus on what works for their students, they are able to tailor learning experiences.”

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

Webinar Title: The Science of Learning and Development and Its Implications for Transforming K-12 Education

Presenters:

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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. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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May 2, 2018

CompetencyWorks Releases New Report On Meeting Students Where They Are In K-12 Competency-Based Education Systems

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CompetencyWorks

Dear Colleagues,

Today, CompetencyWorks (@CompetencyWorks), an initiative of iNACOL, released a new report, Meeting Students Where They AreThis paper explores how K-12 competency-based schools and districts can more effectively meet students where they are, fully preparing students for success in college, career and life.

Competency-based education (CBE) models are organized to advance learning, starting with where students are in terms of academic, cognitive and lifelong learning skills (growth mindset, habits of work and learning, metacognition, and social and emotional skills). The models stand in stark contrast to traditional education systems, which use a one-size-fits-all approach to delivering grade-level content.

Meeting Students Where They Are, written by Antonia Rudenstine, Sydney Schaef, Dixie Bacallao and Sarah Hakani of reDesign, provides school and district leaders with an in-depth exploration of the relational, pedagogical and structural dimensions of meeting students where they are in K-12 competency-based education systems. Competency-based education models, designed to ensure equity for all students, are gaining momentum nationally. Central to CBE is a commitment to meet students where they are. The report provides strategies for practitioners in K-12 competency-based models to meet students where they are on a variety of dimensions and maximize the potential of each student’s unique skills and interests.

Susan PatrickCompetencyWorks co-founder and iNACOL President and CEO, said, “Educators across the country are transforming their schools and designing new models to create more student-centered, equitable environments. Creating learning environments that truly meet students where they are is critical to the success and sustainability of this transformation.”

Antonia Rudenstine, reDesign Director said, “Meeting students where they are requires a potent mix of a commitment to equity; a belief in the power of students’ wisdom; responsive pedagogy grounded in the learning sciences; a reinvention of learning experiences, curriculum, and learning assets; a reimagining of assessment; and the redesign of schools and classrooms. The complexities of this work are simultaneously exciting and humbling.”

Download a full copy of Meeting Students Where They Are.

For more information about CompetencyWorks, a project of iNACOL dedicated to advancing K-12 competency education, please visit CompetencyWorks.org.

About CompetencyWorks

CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to providing information and knowledge about competency education in the K-12 education system. Drawing on lessons learned by innovators and early adopters, 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. CompetencyWorks also offers a blog on competency education in higher education so that the sectors can learn from each other and begin to align systems across K-12, higher education and the workplace. Visit the website and follow CompetencyWorks on Twitter: @CompetencyWorks.

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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May 1, 2018

Plugged In | 5.1.18

A final word today from the neo-liberals.

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 5.1.18

Dear Colleagues,

CompetencyWorks (@CompetencyWorks), an initiative of iNACOL, released a new report, Meeting Students Where They Arewritten by a team from reDesign.This paper explores how K-12 competency-based schools and districts can more effectively meet students where they are, fully preparing students for success in college, career and life. Below are sample tweets to share this report on Twitter:

  • New @CompetencyWorks report explores what it means to meet #students where they are to ensure they succeedhttp://ow.ly/4LAK30jKCxV #CompetencyEd #CBE @reDesignLLC @nacol
  • .@CompetencyWorks report explores 3 driving questions around meeting #students where they are. Learn more: http://ow.ly/4LAK30jKCxV#CompetencyEd #CBE @reDesignLLC @nacol

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

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

HA in Hawai’i: Redefining Success for Whole Child Learning
Emerging research in the science of learning asserts that environmental, developmental, psychological, emotional and cultural contexts and experiences are highly interrelated. These contexts individually and collectively impact…

CompetencyWorks Releases Equity Report for Ensuring All Students Succeed in Personalized, Competency-Based Education
The role of public education has never been more important – it is the bedrock of democracy. Competency-based education holds promise as a uniquely powerful model for fostering equity, but only if equity is an intentional design feature…

Action Steps for State Policymakers to Support Competency-Based Systems
State leaders can support policy for K-12 competency-based education to help all students succeed. Fully-developed, student-centered systems require significant shifts in policy and practice. They require the right balance of policies that…

The Work of Transforming K-12 Education
Our education leaders need: political courage and a will to change, knowledge and skills to lead, and educational innovation. There are implications for systemic changes that must be addressed if we are to transform the education system in…

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

Talking About Race (and Mastery)
Mastery Collaborative, CompetencyWorks

Study: The U.S. Isn’t Doing Enough to Prepare Students for the Automation Age
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report

Innovation in Real-Time – Part II
Nora Vernazza and Yusuf Hamdan, Education Week

New Belvidere School Program Incorporates Students’ Real-World Experience
Nexstar Broadcasting

Round Lake High School’s New Approach to Class Time Gives Students More Flexibility, Independence
Emily K. Coleman, Chicago Tribune

Passing on Grades
Russ O’Reilly, Altoona Mirror

Personal Learning as the Gateway to Equity and Access for All Students
Dr. Matt Doyle, Jessica Borah, Juan Ayala, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Upcoming iNACOL Events

May Leadership Webinar | The Science of Learning and Development and Its Implications for Transforming K-12 Education
May 16, 2018  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

May Teacher Talk Webinar | Strategies for Teachers to Drive Student Agency through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning
May 17, 2018  |  6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

May Special Edition Webinar | A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States
May 23, 2018  |  1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2018
October 21-24, 2018, Nashville, TN
Attendee registration is open

iNACOL in the News

Choosing Personalized Learning as a Strategy for Educational Equity
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
“Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. Some use online programs or software to give students…

5 Ways to Move to Personalized, Competency-Based Education
Laura Ascione, eSchool News
A new report from iNACOL examines five key issues that could help improve the future of U.S. K-12 education and increase competency-based education, according to the authors. In the report, the authors describe how the traditional…

Educator Development Key to Statewide Personalized Learning, iNACOL Says
Sarah Schwartz, Education Week
States integrating personalized, competency-based learning need to take the lead in preparing their teachers to implement these instructional models, argues a new issue brief from iNACOL. The brief encourages states to identify…

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