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November 16, 2019

Aurora Institute Symposium Save The Date: October 25-28, 2020

An early reminder of this neo-liberal conference next year.

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Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for attending the Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) Symposium in Palm Springs, California. We hope you engaged in deep discussions around personalized, competency-based 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 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on October 25-28, 2020. Registration will open in spring 2020.

To reflect on this year’s Symposium and continue learning, here are some links to look forward to:

Aurora Institute would like to thank all of our Symposium sponsors for their support of our event, and our philanthropic Diamond-level supporters, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Walton Family Foundation,whose support makes our Symposium possible.

About Aurora Institute 

The mission of Aurora Institute 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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November 2, 2019

Announcing iNACOL Symposium 2019 Innovator Award Winners

More from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues,

Aurora Institute, formerly known as iNACOL, recognized two outstanding leaders as recipients of the 2019 iNACOL Innovator Awards this morning as part of the 2019 iNACOL Symposium in Palm Springs, California. The annual iNACOL Innovator Awards distinguish individuals for innovative learning practices, and outstanding contributions in personalized learning.

Susan Patrick, Aurora Institute’s President and CEO, said, “It is an honor to introduce the recipients of the 2019 iNACOL Innovator Awards. Each individual has practiced dedication to challenging the current state of education and driving systems change that continues to focus on the future of learning for each and every student.”

2019 recipients include:

Jason Vest - Teacher - Hungary Creek Middle School in Henrico County, Virginia.
Personalized Learning Teacher of the Year Award:
Carissa Duran
Del Lago Academy Campus of Applied Science
Escondido Union High School District (CA)
Outstanding Contribution to Personalized Learning Award: 
David Ruff
Great Schools Partnership
Learn more about the iNACOL Innovator Awards here.

About Aurora Institute Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, Aurora Institute’s annual Symposium will bring together 2,500 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.

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The mission of Aurora Institute 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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October 16, 2019

iNACOL Symposium | New And Special Features

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Dear Colleagues,

The iNACOL Symposium is just a couple of weeks away. As you prepare to join us in Palm Springs, here are few exciting opportunities beyond the outstanding line-up of speakers and sessions that has been assembled.

Yoga
You’re invited to an invigorating morning yoga class with Peace Love Yoga Palm Springs, on Tuesday, October 29 & Wednesday, October 30, 6:00–6:30 am on the
East Lawn. This 30-minute, Vinyasa-inspired class will incorporate mindful movement (asana) and breathwork (pranayama) in an energizing flow that will leave you refreshed and ready for your day. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of class to give yourself time to find a spot. See you on the mat! (Mats are provided.)

iNACOL Voices Hub 
The iNACOL Voices Hub is an interactive, creative center for capturing your thoughts, telling your story, sharing your ideas, and learning from each other. Simply bring a willingness to chat on mic in our podcast booth, located in the Innovation Corner in Oasis 1, with our hosts Courtney Belolan and Matt Shea for a chance to be part of the upcoming iNACOL Symposium podcast episodes on Symposium topics. We can’t wait to share your story! Follow #VoicesHub on Twitter for more information on how to participate.

Book Signing with Shawn Rubin
Tuesday, October 29, 3:15–4:00 pm in Innovation Corner
Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change
Pathways to Personalization offers an innovative five-step framework to help school leaders and teacher teams design and implement blended and personalized learning initiatives. Filled with activities and templates, the book also includes examples of how district leaders, school principals, and teachers have successfully navigated the change process to create more student-centered classrooms.

Book Signing with Michael Horn
Wednesday, October 30, 3:15–4:00 pm in Innovation Corner
Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life
This book is about addressing the college-choosing problem. The rankings, metrics, analytics, college visits, and advice that we use today to help us make these decisions are out of step with the progress individual students are trying to make. They don’t give students and families the information and context they need to make such a high-stakes decision about whether and where to get an education. Choosing College offers guidance and true options on how to successfully choose your pathway.

Film Screening | Rise: Voice of a New Generation by Jon Long
Join us Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 pm in the Mojave Learning Center to view the film, Rise: Voice of a New Generation, which captures the story of One Stone, a one-of-a-kind, student-led high school in Boise, Idaho, that is reinventing education and changing the balance of power to put students in charge of their own learning. The film documents the journey of students and coaches at the school as they launch what has been named one of the most progressive schools in America by both Alan Gottlieb (co-author of America Succeeds’ 2017 report Age of Agility) and Tom Vander Ark (CEO of Getting Smart). Follow the story of one of the only schools in the country run by students who are exploring a new way forward, where their voices shape the future of education and the world. The film was created by Jon Long. Learn more about this film at www.onestone.org/rise.

The iNACOL Symposium runs October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. Register here to attend.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 2,500 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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October 10, 2019

iNACOL Symposium | Travel And Hotel Information – Reserve Now

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Dear Colleagues:

The iNACOL Symposium will run October 28-31, 2019 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Our annual gathering will bring together more than 2,500 educational leaders and experts from around the world — making it the leading event for advancing powerful, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 education through personalized, competency-based learning.

Travel and Hotel Information
Today is the last day to book your hotel at the iNACOL discounted rate! Book now to receive the iNACOL discount rate.

Only one of the conference hotels has space remaining for conference attendees at the discounted rate – the Palm Springs Riviera, a Marriott brand hotel. Complimentary transportation to/from the Palm Springs Riviera will be provided throughout the conference.

Group rates are offered for stays up to three days prior to and three days after the Symposium, based on availability at the time of your reservation.

To receive this special group rate, you must make your hotel reservations through the Travel and Lodging page of the iNACOL Symposium website.

Note: The hotels and reservation links shown on the Symposium website are the authorized hotels for the Symposium. Booking hotel rooms through third-party companies does not guarantee you a room in our block.

We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs. For additional travel and attendance information, explore the iNACOL Symposium website
About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, iNACOL’s annual Symposium will bring together 2,500 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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October 6, 2019

Pedro Noguera Keynoting iNACOL Symposium On October 30, 2019

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Dear Colleagues,iNACOL is pleased to announce our Wednesday luncheon keynote. Please join us to hear from Pedro Noguera, Ph.D, Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, on Wednesday, October 30th from 12:15-2:00pm PT.
The theme of this keynote is “The Role of Leadership in Building the Capacity of Schools to Meet Student Needs.”Educational leaders who succeed in serving the needs of all their students must find ways to pursue excellence and equity simultaneously and to create conditions in schools that address the academic and non-academic needs of children (i.e. health, nutrition, safety, etc). For this to occur, leaders must have a clear sense of how to systematically build the capacity of schools to meet the needs of the students they serve. This presentation will describe how such strategies are being implemented successfully at a small number of successful schools in the United States, even in the most disadvantaged communities where the needs are great. It will also provide concrete strategies for school leaders to develop effective partnerships with community organizations and parents that can help in furthering efforts to raise achievement and transform the culture and performance of schools.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium to hear from this esteemed speaker, nearly 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.”

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About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, iNACOL’s annual conference 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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