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September 13, 2018

Plugged In | 9.13.18 – iNACOL Publishes Issue Brief on How States Approach Innovation Zones and More Education Transformation News

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Sept. 13, 2018
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Updated Issue Brief: How States Generate Space for Transformation with Innovation Zones
For states beginning their journeys to student-centered learning, a powerful strategy that policymakers can start with is to create space for local educators to lead this transformation with innovation zones.

Innovation zones offer school districts a way to request waivers or exemptions from regulations and statutes to implement groundbreaking learning environments. They enable state leaders to identify outdated policies and regulations that can impede these innovative educators from meeting the needs of every student.

To help state policymakers enact effective innovation zone policies, we’ve published an updated issue brief, Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Competency-Based, Personalized Learning, with seven examples of how states or localities have approached innovation zones statutes and regulations:

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New Executive Summary on Groundbreaking iNACOL Report
iNACOL has published an executive summary of Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning to highlight the major themes of the groundbreaking report, which was published in January 2018. In the report, iNACOL articulates a bold vision for the future of K-12 education and offers action steps for state policymakers to build a strategy for transformation, enabling personalized, competency-based education. The executive summary is designed to support decision-makers and community members understand the critical issues to be addressed in their journey toward transformation. Use the link below to explore.
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iNACOL 2018 Symposium Speakers Announced
iNACOL 2018 Symposium Keynote Speakers Announced
We’re thrilled to announce a dynamic lineup of keynote speakers for the 2018 iNACOL Symposium in Nashville. Register today to catch the insights of Carlos Moreno, Phyllis Lockett, Tony Monfiletto, Russlynn Ali, David Istance, Jemar Lee and Pamela Cantor, M.D. Our Symposium page has more details.
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iNACOL 2018 Pre-Conference Workshops Announced
Extend Your Learning with Pre-Conference Workshops
iNACOL offers pre-conference workshops on Sunday, October 21, 2018, to provide focused full- and half-day interactive opportunities for deeper learning and knowledge-building in personalized, competency-based learning. Click below to read descriptions of all the workshops planned.
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New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
Accountability Models Designed for Continuous Improvement in Student-Centered Learning Systems
State and local education systems need to focus on supporting an accountability system that continuously improves to meet the needs of a changing society, economy and student populations.
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Innovation Zones: How State Leaders Generate Space for Transformation
Innovation zones also help to change the relationship between school districts and state departments of education from one based largely on compliance to one involving support of school districts and building their capacity. Innovation zones are also known as “districts of innovation” or “schools of innovation.”
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Threshold Concept: Developing a Long-Term Strategy to Support Systems Change for Meeting Students Where They Are
Competency-based systems entail meeting students where they are every day and engaging in a cycle of supporting learning academically, socially, emotionally and holistically.
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Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based Education
Reality Check | Episode 35: Gisèle Huff, The Jaquelin Hume Foundation
Jeanne Allen, National Review

Is It Time for the American Approach to Assessment to Change?
Alyson Klein, Education Week

Stories On The Road To Proficiency
Vermont PBS

Teachers Want to Prepare Students for the Jobs of The Future – but Feel Stymied
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report

Vista High Transitioning to ‘Personalized Learning’ Program
Deborah Sullivan Brennan, The San Diego Union-Tribune

A “Handmade Forerunner” of Personalized Learning, Forged by Teachers
Laura Pappano, The Hechinger Report

Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?
Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times

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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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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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September 5, 2018

iNACOL Announces 2018 Pre-Conference Workshops

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

iNACOL is pleased to announce the lineup of pre-conference workshopsscheduled to kick off the iNACOL Symposium held in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 21-24, 2018.

iNACOL offers pre-conference workshops on Sunday, October 21, 2018, to provide focused full- and half-day interactive opportunities for deeper learning and knowledge-building in personalized, competency-based learning. These workshops provide intensive professional development in small groups and require a separate registration from the Symposium.

Space is limited, so please register for the pre-conference workshops as soon as possible. Here are directions to register for pre-conference workshops:

  • If you’ve already registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium, click hereto modify your existing registration.
  1. Enter your email and Reference Number. Click ‘continue.’
  2. From here, you can modify various aspects of your registration, including adding a pre-conference workshop.
  • If you haven’t yet registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium, register here today and be sure to add a pre-conference workshop to your registration.

Below is the list of pre-conference workshops offered at the iNACOL Symposium:

  • Be an Agent of Narrative Change: A Toolbox for Creating Compelling Communications for Education Transformation
  • Assessment for Learning: From Principles, to Practices, to Action
  • Learning from School-Based Practitioners: Building a Successful Competency-Based Education System in Your District/School
  • State-Level Support for Personalized Learning: An Exploration of Two States’ Commitment to Scaling Personalized Learning
  • Competency Education Leadership Forum for Educators
  • Transforming Learning with Micro-credentials and Badges
  • Building a Successful and High-Quality Online Learning Program
  • A Framework for Personalized Learning
  • Blended Learning: Teaching in a Student-Centered Environment
  • K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting

Complete descriptions and presenter information for all pre-conference workshops can be found on the pre-conference workshop section of our website.

If you have questions regarding registering for a pre-conference workshop, please contact Annabel Custer at acuster@executivevents.com. We look forward to seeing you in Nashville on October 21-24, 2018.

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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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August 29, 2018

Plugged In | 8.29.18 – iNACOL Symposium Speakers Announced, Mastery Week and More

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 8.29.18

Dear Colleagues:

We are just 53 days from the 2018 iNACOL Symposium. All the details and links to register to attend are here. What follows are important updates for the field.


Symposium Keynote Speakers

iNACOL Symposium Keynote Speakers Announced 
We’re thrilled to announce a dynamic lineup of keynote speakers for the 2018 iNACOL Symposium in Nashville. On Monday, October 22, our morning keynote will include Carlos Moreno, Big Picture Learning; Phyllis Lockett, LEAP Innovations; and Tony Monfiletto, Future Focused Education. Russlynn Ali, of the Emerson Collective and XQ Institute, will lead that day’s afternoon keynote. On Tuesday, October 23, David Istance, Brookings Institute Fellow will offer a morning address. Jemar Lee , Education Reimagined Fellow will moderate our student panel, and Dr. Pamela Cantor of Turnaround for Children will offer the closing keynote.


Mastery Week

It’s Mastery Assessment Week!
Our friends at Springpoint are hosting the second annual Mastery Week, a time when partners working toward education transformation pool resources on a special topic, sharing them on the Mastery Week website and on social media. This year, the theme is mastery assessment. Everyone is invited to contribute to Mastery Assessment Week by joining the conversation and sharing their best ideas, tools, questions, and resources on social media with the hashtag#masteryweek. A highlight of the week happens tonight: iNACOL Board Member Virgel Hammonds will host a Twitter Chat on 7 pm ET.


iNACOL Innovator Awards

iNACOL Innovator Awards Deadline Approaching
If you intend to nominate an individual for an iNACOL Innovator Award, we need you to inform us of your intention to do so – by Friday, August 31, 2018 at 8 pm ET. Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on our iNACOL Innovator Awards page. Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8 p.m. ET on August 31, 2018. Please send any questions to awards@inacol.org.


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

What “Mastery-Based” Can Look Like in the Classroom
Tara García Mathewson, Hechinger Report

Competency-Based Credit Could Be Coming to QPS
Frank Healy, WGEM.com

Auburn Schools Will Use Proficiency-Based Learning and Traditional Grades for Some Students 
Bonnie Washuk, Sun Journal

It’s Time to Transform Our Schools, and Teachers Should Lead It
Anna Baldwin, EducationPost

From NCLB to ESSA: Moving Toward Student-Centered Assessments
Jessica Leigh Brown, Education Dive


New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Threshold Concept: Synchronizing K-12 Education Policy with the Learning Sciences
Policy does not (and should not) dictate pedagogy; however, policymakers should understand the importance of the learning sciences and how the research is transforming student learning with innovative new models…. Learn more.

Threshold Concept: Building Capacity for Assessment Literacy in Personalized, Competency-Based Education
The lack of assessment literacy across the system is a major blind spot. Thus, building significant capacity for assessment literacy is needed to advance new competency-based approaches and address tough issues in our current system… Learn more.


Upcoming iNACOL Events

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

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August 28, 2018

REMINDER – iNACOL Webinar | 8/28: Fit For Purpose: Taking The Long View On Systems Change And Policy To Support Competency Education

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SPECIAL EDITION WEBINAR 

Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
2-3 p.m. EDT (register)

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, iNACOL (@nacol) will host a webinar to explore details of a CompetencyWorks report discussing the long game in moving toward personalized, competency-based education.

Earlier this year, the iNACOL CompetencyWorks project released Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education, which introduces four “threshold concepts” to help us think differently about what is possible in an equitable future education system where all students succeed. Fit for Purpose also tackles deep-seated system design flaws across K-12 education.

Join this webinar to be a part of the conversation about designing learning experiences for true preparedness and to be a part of the work to accelerate the shift toward a holistic competency-based education system that ensures mastery for every student.

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

Webinar Title: Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

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August 24, 2018

iNACOL Symposium | REMINDER: Last Call For Nominations For iNACOL Innovator Awards, Due August 31

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iNACOL Symposium 2018 - Driving the Transformation of Learning - October 21-24, 2018 - Nashville, Tennessee
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 2018 iNACOL Innovator Awards, which will be announced at the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, TN, which runs October 21-24, 2018.

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 p.m. ET on August 31, 2018. Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET on September 7, 2018. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to awards@inacol.org.

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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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