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June 21, 2017

Reminder: iNACOL Symposium 2017 | End-of-Fiscal-Year Early-Bird Savings – Register Today

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

Dear Colleagues,

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium 2017 today. Early-bird registration discounts endJuly 13, 2017.

Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts (before the end of this year’s fiscal year) to attend the iNACOL Symposium on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Attendee registration is now open and early-bird registration discounts are available until July 13, 2017.

Don’t miss out on early-bird pricing discounts. Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

Share with your colleagues and networks on Twitter:

  • Register for iNACOL 2017 event w/early-bird pricing for #inacol17 thru 7/13. Exploring #CBE, #PL, #online and #blended learning: http://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol
  • Early discount to register #inacol17 in FL. Theme: “Personalizing Learning: #Equity, Access, Quality” http://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol

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Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

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

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June 15, 2017

iNACOL Symposium | Now Accepting Nominations for iNACOL Innovator Awards

A final word from the neo-liberals…

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

Dear Colleagues,

Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates education pioneers for their work in personalized, competency-based education. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Symposium in Orlando, Florida onOctober 23-25, 2017.

Nominations are now open for the following iNACOL Innovator Awards:

  1. iNACOL Teacher of the Year
  2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning

Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on the iNACOL Innovator Awards page of our website.

Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8:00 p.m. ET on August 25, 2017. Final nomination packages are due by 8:00 p.m. ET on September 8, 2017. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to awards@inacol.org.

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We look forward to seeing you at the iNACOL Symposium.

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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June 14, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 06.14.17

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 06.14.17

Dear Colleagues:

New Reports

CompetencyWorks released an introductory paper and four new draft reports on key issues in competency education in advance of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education:

New Video

The SKOOL Project created a documentary short showcasing the vision for a redesigned education system in Colorado as part of a feature-length film that they will release in 2018. It tells the story of a student, teachers, and a learner advocate who have been co-designers with ReSchool Colorado. Watch the video here.

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

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

Seventh Grader, Far Ahead of Her Class, Punished for Taking Too Many Courses
Jay Mathews, The Washington Post

Gates, Zuckerberg Philanthropies Team Up on Personalized Learning
Benjamin Herold, Education Week

Building a Comprehensive Set of Equity Strategies
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

The Future of Proficiency-Based Education
Lillian Mongeau, The Hechinger Report

Distinctly Equitable: How This Chicago School Makes Competency-Based Learning Work
Colleen Collins, EdSurge

A School Leader’s Student-Centered Resources for Next Gen Educators (Part Two)
Arthur Baraf, Keesa McKoy, Students at the Center Hub

New Grading System for Swain Elementary Schools
Jessica Webb, The Smoky Mountain Times

Building a Bridge from 21st Century Learners to 21st Century Earners
Sajan George, EdSurge

From Bismarck to Boise: States Take the Lead on Personalized Learning
Anne Olson, EdCircuit

Upcoming iNACOL Events

June Leadership Webinar | Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-based Education Systems and other Deeper Learning Efforts
June 15, 2017  |  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Helpful Links:

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts
Assessment literacy has traditionally evoked measurement principles such as validity and reliability accompanied by complex equations, statistical terms, and images of normal curves, ogives, and error bands. We now conceptualize…

Making Educator Professional Learning Personalized and Competency-Based through Micro-Credentials
Transformation of K-12 education systems to student-centered learning will require redesigning educator preparation and development systems to become personalized and competency-based. What are strategies to consider for building…

CompetencyWorks Releases New Reports on Key Issues in Competency Education
In advance of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, CompetencyWorks released new draft reports exploring key issues challenging the field of competency education: An Introduction to the National…

New Hampshire: Building an Integrated Competency-Based System
New Hampshire’s move toward competency education started with the pilot of competency assessments in 1997, expanding from the original four high schools to nearly thirty by 2003. The pilots sparked conversation about the importance…

iNACOL in the News

How Diplomas Based on Skill Acquisition, Not Credits Earned, Could Change Education
Lillian Mongeau, The Hechinger Report
Algebra was not Kylee Elderkin’s favorite subject at the beginning of the school year. “I was a little behind,” said Kylee, 14. “I wouldn’t understand.” The Nokomis Regional High School ninth grader said she used to routinely miss key skills…

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here’re Five Ways to Assess It
Barbra Thoeming, EdSurge
In Thomas County, Georgia, students who have struggled in the mainstream have found a home in Bishop Hall Charter School. At Bishop Hall, students master skills at their own speed. Principal Chris Huckans believes that…

Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education
Tony Wan, EdSurge
Grit. Open. Disruptive innovation. Powerful ideas that seem simple in print quickly take on new, and potentially divergent, meanings as they are applied to policy and practice. Some terms, including “open,” get appended to specific…

District Says 24 Credits and a D-minus Average Aren’t Good Enough
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
When Kylie Jones brings home her report card, it doesn’t have any A’s, B’s or C’s. The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system…

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June 9, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 6/15: Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-Based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts

A final word today from the neo-liberals.

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR 

Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-Based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts

Thursday, June 15, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a Leadership webinar on assessment literacy to support competency-based education systems and other deeper learning efforts.

Assessment literacy is conceptualized as the knowledge and skills associated with designing, selecting, interpreting and using high-quality assessments to improve student learning. It is an essential component of successful teaching and learning, and it lays the groundwork for building teacher capacity in K-12 personalized, competency-based education systems.

Beyond using assessments in their classrooms, assessment literate educators should be equipped to deal with an onslaught of data from large-scale state assessments, interim assessments, local district- or school-wide assessments, and classroom-based assessments. Join noted assessment experts Scott Marion and Lorrie Shephard in this webinar to discuss ways to promote assessment literacy in general, and within competency-based education systems more specifically.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “In the United States, education experts and policy leaders could well benefit from studying assessment literacy in competency-based education systems to promote deeper learning by students. Let’s create a national conversation around assessments for learning and assessment literacy to build capacity for advanced systems of education designed for student success.”

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

Webinar Title: Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-Based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts

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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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June 3, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Symposium 2017 | End-of-Fiscal-Year Early-Bird Savings – Register Today

And finally from the neo-liberals on Thursday…

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

Dear Colleagues,

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium 2017 today. Early-bird registration discounts endJuly 13, 2017.

Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts (before the end of this year’s fiscal year) to attend the iNACOL Symposium on October 23-25, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Attendee registration is now open and early-bird registration discounts are available until July 13, 2017.

Don’t miss out on early-bird pricing discounts. Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

Share with your colleagues and networks on Twitter:

  • Register for iNACOL 2017 event w/early-bird pricing for #inacol17 thru 7/13. Exploring #CBE, #PL, #online and #blended learning: http://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol
  • Early discount to register #inacol17 in FL. Theme: “Personalizing Learning: #Equity, Access, Quality” http://ow.ly/10peTP @nacol

For more information about the iNACOL Symposium, see:

Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

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

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