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April 21, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 4/27: An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers

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SPECIAL EDITION WEBINAR 

An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers

Thursday, April 27, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a webinar on an introduction to K-12 competency-based education and its potential benefits.

Educators across the country are beginning to realize the promise of competency-based education, designed to help students successfully master skills at each step, year after year, by ensuring they advance after they demonstrate proficiency. The concept behind competency education is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery of learning targets with the supports they need, rather than the number of hours spent in a classroom with variable amounts of actual learning.

Join this webinar to hear from competency education experts andCompetencyWorks co-founders, Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis for an introduction to competency education in K-12 education systems. Explore the definition of competency education, understand the field’s trends and why districts and schools are making this transition, and learn how competency-based approaches more effectively prepare students for post-secondary success.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Competency-based education systems are an important foundation for ensuring innovation for equity. The trends point to more and more states offering flexibility for personalized, competency-based instructional designs that ensure students master lessons before advancing, forming a solid foundation for their next steps in learning. To address equity, education systems must provide the resources, supports and commitment to progress on goals for all students realizing successful outcomes indicated by readiness for college and preparedness for future employment.”

MetisNet Principal Chris Sturgis said, “Across the country, districts are turning to competency education because the transparency and intentionality engages and motivates students while enabling a much richer collaboration among teachers.”

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

Webinar Title: An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers

Presenters:

  • Chris Sturgis, Principal, MetisNet; Co-Founder, CompetencyWorks
  • Susan Patrick, President and CEO, iNACOL; Co-Founder,CompetencyWorks

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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 Facebookconnect with us on LinkedInand follow us on twitter.

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April 19, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 4.19.17

From the neo-liberals to end the day.

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 04.19.17

Dear Colleagues:

Attendee registration is now open for the iNACOL Symposium held on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s theme is Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality. Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium here and share this with your peers on Twitter:

  • Attend the leading conference transforming #K12 #edu. Registration for #iNACOL17 is now open, Oct. 23-25 in Orlando! http://ow.ly/Nkow30aelq5

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

Upcoming iNACOL Events

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.

April Special Edition Webinar | An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers
April 27, 2017  |  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
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Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

Getting Results at Lindblom
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

Early Research Proves Positive for State’s Education Reform
Lola Duffort, Concord Monitor

Why Diversity in Schools Is Critical to Our Democracy
Mark Anderson, The Hechinger Report

Teacher-Centered Versus Learner-Centered Learning
Katie Varatta, KnowledgeWorks

Making Equity a First Principle of Personalized Learning
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute

Balancing Internal and External Expertise in Professional Learning
Derek Wenmouth, CORE Education (New Zealand)

Does the World Need People Who Understand Problems, or Who Can Solve Them?
Dirk Van Damme, Education & Skills Today

Starting with the “Why” in Personalized Learning
Betheny Gross, Center for Reinventing Public Education

3 Keys to Shifting the K-12 Education Landscape
Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

What Does Personalized Learning Mean for Teachers?
As families, communities, parents, teachers and students around the country have deep conversations around how to transform schools to better prepare each student for future success, many schools are implementing personalized…

How Can Families and Communities Support Personalized Learning?
Families, communities, teachers, parents and students around the country are coming together to explore how schools can better prepare students for postsecondary success. They are examining the promise of personalized…

What Is Competency Education?
Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in districts and schools across the United States and around the world. At the same time, new and innovative school models are developing and scaling, contributing to our…

Continuous Improvement and Innovation
It is no surprise that Chugach School District received the Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award in its seventh year after creating a performance-based system. Competency education creates the conditions for continuous…

iNACOL in the News

New Profit Launches Two Education Initiatives Aimed at Inclusive Social Entrepreneurship and Personalized Learning
New Profit
New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization that helps bold problem solvers break through to transform lives, communities, and systems, has announced it will launch two capacity building initiatives: the Personalized Learning Initiative…

Six Tips for Making Personalized Learning Work
Esther Ntuli, ASCD
Without a clear definition aligned to a toolkit of instructional supports, teachers will struggle to integrate personalized learning into their classroom curriculums. Based on my own teaching experiences and research-based literature review…

Getting Smart Podcast | The Voices of the iNACOL Symposium
Catherine Wedgwood, Getting Smart
Last year our team was lucky enough to attend the Symposium to coordinate the Voices Hub, where we recorded attendees’ thoughts on education for our podcast. Knowing that there are so many professional development opportunities…

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April 14, 2017

Register to Attend the iNACOL Symposium

And from the neo-liberals to finish out today.

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iNACOL Symposium 2017 - Transforming Systems + Changing Lives - October 15-18, 2017 Charlotte, North Carolina
Dear Colleagues,

Attendee registration is now open for the iNACOL Symposium held on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s theme is Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality.

Please register to attend the iNACOL Symposium here. If you’re interested in exhibiting, register here. If you’re interested in sponsoring, register here.

iNACOL’s annual conference is the premier event for K-12 personalized, competency-based, blended and online learning and convenes over 3,100 practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from across the United States and around the world. With more than 200 engaging and dynamic workshops and sessions to choose from, attendees can access expertise, analysis, the latest trends, research and thought-provoking knowledge sharing to personalize their professional learning and shape the future of education.

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

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 13, 2017 to receive special early-bird discounts on attendee registration.

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

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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 3,100 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 website, like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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April 13, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 4/20: How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students

And from the neo-liberals to finish off today.

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TEACHER TALK WEBINAR 

How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a webinar to share how teachers are personalizing math for middle school students.

Personalized learning is revolutionizing K-12 education by redesigning learning experiences to address the specific needs of each student, each day.

Join this webinar to explore the possibilities and promising approaches for personalizing math for middle school students. Learn how educators are using data-driven instruction, measuring student progress and developing daily individualized schedules, while building habits for lifelong success and ensuring students make deep connections with each other and their teachers. The discussions will include how to design highly personalized learning experiences to better serve students’ needs by focusing on readiness and growth.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “By focusing on personalized learning, educators are customizing learning environments to students’ needs and interests, as well as offering personalized supports, resources and meaningful interactions throughout the learning process. Personalized learning models enable educators to co-design powerful learning experiences with students, promoting deeper learning and higher achievement — preparing each student for post-secondary success.”

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

Webinar Title: How Teachers Are Personalizing Math for Middle School Students

Presenters:

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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 online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedInand follow us on twitter.

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April 12, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 4/13: Communication and Outreach Strategies for Leaders Shifting to Personalized Learning

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

Communication and Outreach Strategies for Leaders Shifting to Personalized Learning

Thursday, April 13, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a webinar to share community engagement, communication and outreach strategies for K-12 education leaders shifting toward personalized learning.

As schools and districts shift toward personalized learning, it is important to effectively engage parents, teachers, students and our communities to understand the needs and opportunities, and to discuss what is possible with personalized learning to create modernized, high-quality learning environments that offer pathways customized to students’ needs.

Join this webinar to discuss a variety of approaches educators are using for communications in planning, implementing and offering new learning models and what they’ve learned from ongoing conversations about personalized learning. What do these communication and outreach strategies look like? Understand why it’s important for schools to communicate effectively about the promise of personalized learning, and explore techniques to communicate your personalized learning vision and plan. The presenters will share their experiences and lessons learned in communication and outreach strategies, engaging various stakeholders, and designing constructive partnerships with their community members.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Clear communication and outreach around personalized learning help provide meaningful opportunities for schools and communities to connect and explore the best ways to prepare students for success.”

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

Webinar Title: Communication and Outreach Strategies for Leaders Shifting to Personalized Learning

Presenters:

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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 Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.

About LEAP Innovations 

LEAP Innovations is a national 501(c)(3) social enterprise headquartered in Chicago that is connecting innovation and education to transform how students learn. LEAP works directly with educators and innovators to discover, pilot and scale personalized learning technologies and innovative practices in the classroom and beyond. They are the creators of the “LEAP Learning Framework,” a suite of resources that educators across the country are using to define, design, and implement personalized learning models. They are also behind the LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys, which are taken by students and teachers across the country to measure personalized learning implementation. In less than three years, LEAP has worked directly with more than 90 schools across Chicago to implement personalized learning. Learn more at www.leapinnovations.org and www.leaplearningframework.org

About Springpoint

Springpoint, a national nonprofit organization, supports the design and launch of innovative secondary school models that connect young people to postsecondary success. The organization’s mission is to enable all students, regardless of environment or background, to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. Springpoint provides customized training, support, and resources to partners as they develop, launch, and grow school models. Partners include districts, charters, networks, foundations, and other leaders in the field of education. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter

 

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