Virtual School Meanderings

November 7, 2017

Michael, You Have One More Citation Of Your Research

I received this notice from one of my open scholarship networks.

ResearchGate
Michael, we found one more citation of your research
State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada
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The specific information read:

Congratulations!
Your article State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada was cited in a publication:
  • “…4). Further, Barbour (2013) reported that currently over 140,000 high school students are participating in K-12 online learning in Canada (p. 7). Online learning technologies have become an important part of…”

October 21, 2017

CompetencyWorks Releases New Report on Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education

And from the neo-liberals…

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CompetencyWorks releases Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education.

  

Today, CompetencyWorks released a new report, Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education. This publication seeks to advance K-12 competency education along four key issues: quality, equity, meeting students where they are, and policy.

 

K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a critical point in its evolution, and the demand for competency education has never been greater. The four key issues outlined in this report are critical to enabling competency-based education to scale with quality and sustainability over the long term. The report provides actionable recommendations on how the field can advance through the next wave of innovation and implementation.

 

The report calls for creating competency-based systems where the culture, structure, policies and instructional practices fully support each and every student in their journey towards preparation for college, career and life.

 

Susan PatrickCompetencyWorks Co-Founder and iNACOL President and CEO, said, “K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a turning point, and we have an opportunity to redesign K-12 education to serve every student. Competency education systems prepare all students to graduate high school with the academic and lifelong learning skills to be leaders in their communities, visionaries, and agents of their own success – whether in college, career, or navigating the opportunities and challenges they will encounter in their lives.”

 

Chris SturgisCompetencyWorks Co-Founder, said, “This report provides deep insights into ensuring equity and quality in the design and implementation of competency-based systems, ensuring that all students are achieving at the highest levels, using their skills to navigate their lives and shape their futures, and discovering their potentials.”

 

Download a full copy of Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education here.

 

CompetencyWorks and iNACOL are hosting a webinar highlighting insights from this report on November 8 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ETLearn more and register here. For more information about CompetencyWorks, a project of iNACOL dedicated to advancing K-12 competency education, please visit CompetencyWorks.org.

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  • New @CompetencyWorks Report: Quality & Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of #CompEd http://ow.ly/1JSn30fZp1x @nacol
  • 4 key issues in #CompetencyEd explored in new @CompetencyWorks report http://ow.ly/1JSn30fZp1x @nacol

The iNACOL Symposium, held on October 23-25 in Orlando, will convene 3,000 experts and leaders advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based education. Register here.


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 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 Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

 

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September 29, 2017

Teaching with Technology – Educators’ Perspectives and Recommendations

Note this report from this new foundations.

Dear Michael,I am excited to share the release of our 2017 Research Program report with you — Teaching with Technology: Educators’ Perspectives and Recommendations for Successful Blended Instructional Strategies.

The publication was developed with Evergreen Education Group, and we were fortunate to count the Christensen Institute and the Learning Accelerator as partners during initial phases of the project.

The focus of this year’s report is understanding the teacher experience so central to the integration of technology into practice and the classroom. It is rich with first person insight, individual educator profiles, and recommendations for those beginning their journey toward personalized learning.

It is my hope that you will find this report as valuable as I do, and as early readers have expressed.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your network and linking to this announcement on Facebook and Twitter:

  • New from @FoundationBOL: Educators’ perspectives & recommendations for successful blended instructional strategies – https://goo.gl/4RH6V6
  • .@FoundationBOL: The current shared educator experience & recs for the next generation of teachers adopting tech – https://goo.gl/4RH6V6

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Amy Valentine
Executive Director

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Teaching with Technology Is Transforming Classroom Practice and Student Engagement
Educators’ perspectives and recommendations for successful blended instructional strategies
CASTLE ROCK, CO — As teachers increasingly integrate new technology and tools into their classroom practice, common benefits and challenges can be identified in the collective experience of educators throughout the country, according to Teaching with Technology, a new report from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) and the Evergreen Education Group. A survey of teachers from 38 states finds that time; thoughtful planning and support at the school- and district-level; and ongoing, relevant professional development are key to the success or stagnation of their efforts. The report draws insight from educators teaching in traditional public schools, charter public schools, alternative education programs, and private schools, as well as in-depth interviews with teachers and administrators across the country, and school and classroom observations by its authors.Key takeaways and recommendations include:

  • Teachers value the ways that digital tools and resources allow them to differentiate instruction among students, and help students collaborate on content creation.
  • Contrary to popular belief, today’s students are not necessarily comfortable using technology, and therefore they may not be as ready to use computers to learn in school and at home as assumed.
  • Technology advances more quickly than human behaviors and systems, so choose a strategy to support, and stick with it.
  • Teachers have different personalities and instructional strategies, and they should feel comfortable adjusting blended learning concepts to their own strengths and situations.
Amy Valentine, FBOL’s executive director, said, “Understanding both the obstacles to and promising practices of blended instructional practice is vital to developing personalized learning environments. This report is a contemporary snapshot of the evolving educator experience as policy, practice, and technology blend into a reimagined ‘classroom’ for our students.”John Watson, founder of Evergreen Education Group, said, “Teachers are using technology to support their own instruction and to advance the achievement of their students. While their implementation can range from the very simple to the extremely complex, all involved in this transition have valuable insight into the risks and rewards to share. This report provides a view of the current shared educator experience, as well as recommendations for the next generation of teachers adopting technology into their practice.”

Download a copy of the full report at https://goo.gl/4RH6V6.

About The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning was created to advance and improve the availability and quality of blended and online educational opportunities for students and teachers and to strengthen the outcomes of those programs through active academic, instructional, and technology support for personalized learning. The Foundation works toward these goals through its Student Scholarship and Innovative Educator Grant programs, the development and distribution of original research exploring emerging policy and practice, and ongoing collaboration with diverse leaders across the fields of education, business, policy, and philanthropy. Learn more at www.blendedandonlinelearning.org.

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August 29, 2017

FINAL REMINDER – State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada – Individual Program Survey

One that applies to my Canadian colleagues.

In the past few days, the State of the Nation: K-12 e-learning in Canada research team has begun to solicit responses to the annual individual program survey.


Just a quick reminder that the researchers for the annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study are in the process of the data collection.  As a partner of this research initiative, we are proud to be a part of the 2017 edition of the study, which is in fact the tenth anniversary edition.

To assist the researchers with the data collection process, we would ask that you visit http://k12sotn.ca/data/ and click on the province or territory where your K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning program is located.  Look at the “Individual Program Survey Responses” to see if the information for your school or program is up to date for the 2016-17 school year and that the information is accurate.  If you need to update or correct any information, you can do so at http://tinyurl.com/sotn-program-survey

If you are unfamiliar with the annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study, its purpose is to examine the current state of all forms of K-12 e-learning (i.e., distance, online and blended learning) in Canada by answering the following questions each year:

  1. How is K-12 distance, online and blended learning governed in each province, territory and federally?
  2. What is the level of K-12 distance, online and blended learning activity occurring in each province, territory and federally?

You can visit the full project website at http://k12sotn.ca/ where you can view all of the materials that have been produced to date, as well as download previous editions of the report.

We thank you in advance for your participation.

July 13, 2017

iNACOL Releases New Report: Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners: Promising Practices and Considerations for Teaching and Learning

And from the neo-liberals.

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iNACOL Publishes New Report on Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners

 

Today, iNACOL published a new report: Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners: Promising Practices and Considerations for Teaching and Learning, which highlights promising practices and trends in new designs to advance learning for English language learner (ELL) students.

This paper shares case studies and examples from schools and programs creating personalized, competency-based learning environments for ELL students, and promising practices and considerations on designing ideal learning environments for ELL success. It is intended for practitioners, including educators and education leaders, who want to advance next generation learning models to reach every student.
Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO, said, “To provide English language learners with an equitable, high-quality, and holistic education, there needs to be a shift away from one-size-fits-all approaches to empowering educators with modern instructional strategies, tools and research-based practices for personalizing learning for student success. ELL students are the fastest growing and largest student subgroup in our public schools today. We are in early stages of examining how educators designing next generation learning models can transform teaching and learning for ELL students. We have the opportunity to help all ELL students succeed, reverse the trend and close the achievement gap between ELL and non-ELL students.”

Download a full copy of Next Generation Learning Models for English Language Learners: Promising Practices and Considerations for Teaching and Learninghere.
Share this Report on Twitter:

  • JUST RELEASED: New @nacol Report on Next Generation #Learning Models for English Language #Learners http://ow.ly/Fx7P30d3K9f #ELL #NextGenEd
  • New @nacol #ELL Report highlights promising practices in #NextGenEd to advance learning for ELL students http://ow.ly/Fx7P30d3K9f


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 classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.

 

 

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