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November 16, 2018

Plugged In | 11.16.18 – New Title On Professional Learning, Reflections From #iNACOL18

A final word from more neo-liberals.

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Nov. 16, 2018
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What Should Professional Learning Look Like in Competency-Based Education?
Moving Toward Mastery
As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. To support growing transformation efforts, we recently published Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education. In it, we recommend 15 strategies that can help school districts successfully make this paradigm shift.

Building off examples of effective teaching, professional development and practice across the nation, the new report explores how communities can work together to prompt and sustain complex systems change of moving both students and teachers from a one-size-fits-all approach to education to one in which all students and all teachers can succeed.

Importantly, the new report explores the system-level change needed to create a profession that is:

  • Equity-oriented: Designed to promote success for all students, foster inclusion and cultural responsiveness for students and adults and disrupt systemic inequities;
  • Learning-centered: Designed to continuously develop educators’ knowledge, skill and personal mastery, sustain authentic collaboration and promote innovation; and
  • Lifelong: Designed to authentically engage, develop, motivate and sustain educators over the course of their careers, including preparation, certification and advancement.

Scaling competency-based education with consistent quality presents a dual challenge: increasing the number of educators who have the knowledge and skill to be competency-based practitioners and simultaneously improving the quality of teaching. Moving Toward Mastery is not a report that describes what educators must do differently to improve learning and teaching. Rather, it helps leaders and teams at all levels of the system address the question, “What can I do to support teachers and improve teaching, and where do my actions fit in the larger picture of systems change?” You can download a full copy here.

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iNACOL 2018 Symposium | Driving the Transformation of Learning | Oct. 21-24, 2018 | Nashville
Reflections and Highlights from the 2018 iNACOL Symposium
More than 3,000 people attended the iNACOL Symposium to learn and lead the way toward transforming learning in our education systems. To realize the deep, lasting and sustainable systems change we seek, iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick opened the Sympoisum by asking attendees to reflect on their journeys, how they came into this work and why. Over the course of four days in Nashville, we were graced with talks from esteemed thought leaders like Tony MonfilettoPhyllis LockettCarlos MorenoRusslynn AliDavid IstancePamela Cantor, M.D. , and the more than 200 speakers, educators, authors, schools and solution-makers who led learning sessions. There is much to reflect on and still more to learn. These#iNACOL18 links offer a deep dive into the iNACOL Symposium experience:

Would you like to share thoughts from the Symposium? Get in touch. Email us at Communications@inacol.org.

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Reminders
Download the iNACOL Symposium Mobile App to get the most out of your conference experence.
Recent Webinar: Meeting Students Where They Are
Antonia Rudenstine and Sydney Schaef of reDesign joined us last week 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.
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Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education
Purchase Hard Copies of Recently Published Book
Our recent CompetencyWorks title, Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education is freely available online in PDF form, and you now have the option of purchashing printed copies for a nominal fee.
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New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
Charting the Course: Recommendations to Support A Long-Term Plan For K-12 Education Transformation to Competency-Based Education Systems
Creating policies that are student-centered and are fit for the purpose of an education system in which every student can succeed requires us to challenge commonly-held assumptions about what learning “should” look like. Continuously improving on the goals of the education system, including the role of teacher and students, the use of time, the purpose and nature of assessments, the allocation of resources, learning model designs and the role of schools within the broader context of the community, is necessary for lasting change.

– Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong and Susan Patrick

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Recommendations to Support A Long-Term Plan For K-12 Education Transformation to Competency-Based Education Systems
Maria Worthen, VP of Policy, iNACOL
Three Takeaways for the Future of Personalized Learning Following the 2018 Midterm Elections
The long game of education systems transformation requires us to question our assumptions about learning and school. We, and our newly elected leaders, have an opportunity to focus these conversations on what truly matters – what it means for students to be truly prepared for success, with meaningful credentials, and what it will take to create equitable learning environments that give each student the support and opportunities to succeed.- Maria Worthen
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Re-Envisioning Professional Learning in Competency-Based Education
Scaling competency-based education with consistent quality presents a dual challenge: increasing the number of educators who have the knowledge and skill to be competency-based practitioners and simultaneously improving the quality of teaching. Moving Toward Mastery is not a report that describes what educators must do differently to improve learning and teaching. Rather, it helps leaders and teams at all levels of the system address the question, “What can I do to support teachers and improve teaching, and where do my actions fit in the larger picture of systems change?”

– Katherine Casey

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Moving Toward Mastery
Creating Long-Term Strategy for State Policymakers to Support a Fully Developed, Competency-Based Education System
Many of the threshold concepts introduced in the paper Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education  and explored in this blog series are still nascent today in competency-based education models in the United States. While innovators are beginning to develop more competency-based systems, many early practices and models are still rooted in traditional time-based systems and constrained by our short-term approaches to incremental policy reforms and limited concepts of what is possible.
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Plugged In Headlines: News about Education Transformation
The Case for Competency-Based Education
Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart

Student Engagement, Supports Among Key Elements of Successful School Redesign
Lucy Hood, Education Dive

Kettle Moraine Middle School Offers a ‘Customizable’ Learning Experience, Because Not All Kids Learn the Same
Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kids Aren’t Failing School-School Is Failing Kids
Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company

Miseducation: Is There Racial Inequality at Your School?
Lena V. Groeger, Annie Waldman and David Eads, ProPublica

Philosophy Empowers Students to Decide What, How to Learn 
Dave Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette


iNACOL in the News
In a Shift, More Education Reformers Say They’re Worried about Schools’ Focus on Testing
Research has also shown that turning tests into high-stakes events can prompt negative outcomes, like cheating, teaching to the test, and worse teachers being pushed to grades where students aren’t tested…Read More.

Dispatches from iNACOL 2018
Research has also shown that turning tests into high-stakes events can prompt negative outcomes, like cheating, teaching to the test, and worse teachers being pushed to grades where students aren’t tested…Read More.

‘Hamilton,’ Cultural Relevance and the Quest to Personalize Learning
A recent study found that when teachers think about personalized learning, very few think about the idea of cultural relevance…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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November 15, 2018

iNACOL Symposium Save The Date: October 28-31, 2019

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Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for attending the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee. We hope you engaged in deep discussions around personalized learning in an effort to foster equity, access and high-quality educational opportunities for all students.

Please save the date for next year’s Symposium, to be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on October 28-31, 2019. Registration will open in spring 2019.

To reflect on #inacol18 and continue learning, here are some links:

iNACOL would like to thank all of our Symposium sponsors for their support of our event, and our philanthropic Diamond-level supporters, NewSchools Venture FundWalton Family Foundation and XQ Institute, whose support makes our Symposium possible.
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November 12, 2018

Request For Feedback: Teacher Engagement Surveys

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Dear Colleagues,

As a valued member of iNACOL, I am reaching out to you for feedback.

Several district and state education leaders are examining student engagement surveys and teacher engagement surveys as a possible way for measuring a broader set of outcomes in K-12 education in next generation learning environments.

To assist them, we are soliciting feedback from across the field.

Does your district, school or program use teacher engagement surveys or student engagement surveys (and if so, which one do you use)?

If you have feedback you’d like to share, please reply to this email with:

  1. Information on the use of teacher engagement surveys. Please include any background information, examples and/or links.
  2. Information on the use of student engagement surveys. Please include any background information, examples and/or links.

The responses will be anonymized.

If you have any additional feedback, comments or questions, please feel free to share. Please provide feedback by Friday, November 16. Please feel free to respond directly to this email with your responses.

Thank you very much for your assistance and for your leadership in the field.

Sincerely,

Natalie Truong
Policy Director, iNACOL

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October 24, 2018

iNACOL Webinar | 11/7: Meeting Students Where They Are

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SPECIAL EDITION WEBINAR 

Meeting Students Where They Are 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
3-4 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET, iNACOL (@nacol)will host a webinar to explore details of the report Meeting Students Where They Are.

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. Authors of the report will share details in an iNACOL Special Edition Webinar on November 7, 2018.

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.

Join this webinar for a conversation around what it means to meet students where they are in a competency-based model.

Webinar Title: Meeting Students Where They Are

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

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October 22, 2018

Introducing The All-New Innovation Corner At The 2018 iNACOL Symposium

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee
Dear Colleagues,

This is a friendly reminder to stop by the Innovation Corner while at the iNACOL Symposium.

The Innovation Corner is located in the Davidson Ballroom of the Music City Center. Specific areas of the Innovation Corner include:

School Showcase
Learn firsthand from schools and school district practitioners who are successfully implementing personalized and competency-based learning models.

Tools Showcase
Interact directly with tools that foster personalized, competency-based learning.

Student Showcases
Let the students themselves speak to you through these two student-based exhibitions, a chronicle of their experiences.

TNTP STUDENT GALLERY
What Can 4,000 Students Teach Us about School? An Interactive Look At TNTP’s Next National Report

What would students tell us about how they experience school if we were to ask them? For TNTP’s sixth national report, we asked 4,000 students to invite us into their classrooms. After spending a year in schools around the country, we observed 1,000+ hours of instruction, reviewed 5,500+ assignments and collected 28,000 in-the-moment student surveys. This data provided us with a unique opportunity to understand what goals students were setting for themselves, what kind of lives they wanted to lead, and how school was preparing them to live those lives — or letting them down. Come experience the report in this interactive session that will showcase how students are experiencing school and what we can do to improve their daily learning experiences.

ALP Student Voices Gallery: Assessment for Learning 
Assessment for learning is about helping classrooms, schools and systems become more student-centered. Educators are using assessment as a tool, at least in part, to listen more closely to what students are saying about their learning and about themselves. At the Assessment for Learning Project (ALP), this work inspires and challenges us to do the same. If we are to fuel an assessment for learning movement that is truly transformative, student voice must be at the core of it. We invite you to explore the ALP Student Voices Gallery, using your smartphone and headphones, to listen and learn how 50 students from across the country are experiencing assessment for learning and how those assessment practices are impacting their learning, agency and sense of belonging.

Meeting and Gathering Places
The Innovation Corner abounds with spaces conducive for spontaneous conversations or planned gatherings. Some spaces, like the lounges, are labeled by topic to assist you in finding colleagues with similar interests, while others are a convenient place to settle down to continue an impromptu discussion about what you are learning or ideas the Symposium has sparked for you.

Voices Hub
Let your own voice be heard through the Voices Hub, an interactive center for capturing your Symposium experiences, thoughts, telling your story, sharing ideas and learning from each other.

iNACOL thanks our sponsors for their generous support of the new Innovation Corner. We look forward to seeing you while at the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville.

About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 21-24, 2018, 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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