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February 24, 2017

Request for Presentation Proposals is Open | iNACOL Symposium 2017

An item from the neo-liberals in Wednesday’s inbox…

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida on October 23-25, 2017.

Submit your presentation proposal here.

iNACOL’s annual conference 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. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators gather and work to transform education.

To access the RFP and submit your proposal to present, please click here. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You can download the RFP questions in advance by clicking this link. The iNACOL Program Committee will notify applicants of proposal status no later than Monday, May 1, 2017.

The iNACOL Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based and blended learning environments, drawing on participant experiences and promoting dialogue and exchange.

For tips on submitting your presentation proposal, we are hosting a special edition webinar onThursday, March 2, 2017 from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will explain the RFP process and timeline for proposal selection, and highlight ways to design interactive sessions that generate meaningful collaboration and foster engagement. Register for the webinar here.  If you can’t attend the webinar due to timing issues, you can still register and we’ll send you the archived webinar to view.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Ally Swensen, Chair of the iNACOL Program Committee, at symposium@inacol.org. For other frequently asked questions, explore the Symposium FAQs web page.

Registration for the Symposium will open in early spring. Find more information on theiNACOL Symposium website, and follow our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn feeds for updates.

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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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February 18, 2017

iNACOL Symposium 2017 Decision to Move from North Carolina

This is kind of interesting, as iNACOL faced this same issue back in 2010 and didn’t absolutely nothing about it (see Attending The Virtual School Symposium In Arizona???, Issues Of Diversity Preconference To Include AZ State Superintendent & More Anti-Ethnic News From Arizona And VSS 2010 Considerations).  I guess it is better late than never for this organization to become “highly principled”…

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Dear Colleagues,

As a highly principled organization at iNACOL, we are in a position in which we must take a stand and we have no option but to move our conference from North Carolina.

As a result of anti-LBGTQ legislation in North Carolina (HB2, informally known as the bathroom bill), iNACOL has made the decision to move the iNACOL Symposium 2017 from Charlotte, North Carolina to Orlando, Florida on October 23-25, 2017.

Here is the difficult situation we find ourselves in:
iNACOL seeks to organize the iNACOL Symposium in different locations each year. We chose Charlotte, North Carolina for the iNACOL Symposium 2017 three years ago (2014), before the idea of a law such as HB2 was even being discussed, let alone enacted. Since the HB2 law took effect in 2016, we remained hopeful that it would be repealed. We have contacted the North Carolina Senate and House leadership, but it appears the repeal of HB2 is unlikely to happen in the immediate future and certainly not in the timeframe we need to move our event to another location. The legislature went into special session in December 2016 with the purpose of fixing this and repealing HB2 and failed to do so.

iNACOL itself is driven by the values of learning, respect, equal access, educational equity and excellence. North Carolina’s passage of HB2 and its discriminatory nature have substantially changed the circumstances under which we signed the contract in 2014. Therefore, we have decided that we must take a stand at considerable costs to our organization.

As you can imagine, finding an alternative venue in such a short team is no small feat. We realize that it may be inconvenient for those of you who put the earlier October date on your calendar. But we hope our supporters, the entire community, and leaders in the field will join us in standing up and supporting our work. We ask you to join us in considering the principles driving our decision.

We are on a journey focused on doing what is best for students and driving innovations toward equity. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando and working together to transform education toward learner-centered, personalized models for all of America’s kids.

Sincerely,

Susan Patrick
President and CEO
iNACOL

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October 21, 2016

iNACOL Symposium | Special Features

From the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is thrilled to offer new and exciting features to our program at theiNACOL Symposium.

Book Signing by Todd Rose
Todd Rose will be signing copies of his new book, The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World that Values Sameness, on Wednesday, October 26 from9:30-10:00 a.m. in Exhibit Hall 3 near the escalators to the second level, immediately following his keynote presentation.

Themed iNACOL Symposium Networking Event

The iNACOL Networking Event is on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.This year’s theme is: Sport your personalized attire! Spark a conversation and share your interests or passions by wearing your favorite T-shirt, hat or attire – for example, a T-shirt with your alma mater, school or program, place of work, your favorite sports team, city, hobby, or band. Get creative, start conversations, connect and re-energize at the iNACOL Networking Event and don’t forget to pack your personalized attire.

School of the Future Film Screening
Attend a screening of the PBS Special Film School of the Future on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 221C/D. In this new film from NOVA, School of the Future, teachers, students, parents, and scientists take center stage. Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. How can the latest research help us fix education in America? Can the science of learning reveal how kids’ brains work, telling us which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds? Take a look at this an intriguing exploration of new visions – the School of the Future. A small reception will be provided at 6:30 p.m. for those who plan to attend the film screening.
Book Signing by Manny Scott

Manny Scott will be signing copies of his three books (How to R.E.A.C.H. Youth Today, Your Next Chapter , and Turning the Page: A Memoir) as well as signing copies of his DVD titled The Power of One. Join Manny on Friday, October 28immediately following his keynote presentation in the pre-function area outside the Stars at Night Ballroom.

Don’t forget to connect with us prior to the Symposium via social media networks:

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About the iNACOL Symposium
The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning 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 25-28, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,400 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 more than 260 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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October 20, 2016

iNACOL Symposium | Register to Attend the Policy Advocacy Training Pre-Conference Workshop

From the neo-liberals to finish the day…

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Dear Colleagues,

Register to attend the Policy Advocacy Training Pre-Conference Workshop at the iNACOL Symposium on Tuesday, October 25 from 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Policy Advocacy Training Workshop
Maria Worthen, Dale Frost, Susan Gentz, iNACOL
Karla Phillips, The Foundation for Excellence in Education

Do you want to communicate with policymakers but are not sure where to start? This workshop offers training to develop a plan on how to communicate effectively with education policymakers. The workshop is appropriate for managers and directors who work on education policy or for beginners who aspire to work on education policy at the state or federal levels but currently do not.

This workshop will help participants build the knowledge and confidence to navigate a legislative office, speak with policymakers and deliver testimony. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides an incredible opportunity for states to create supportive policy environments for the transformation to student-centered learning. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will build practical skills for interacting with policymakers, including crafting an “elevator pitch,” answering tough questions and testifying to legislative committees and state or local boards. Leading national education advocates will provide illuminating case studies from successful efforts to enact supportive legislation for personalized, competency-based learning.

iNACOL offers both full- and half-day, interactive Pre-Conference Workshops for deeper learning and knowledge building. Explore other Pre-Conference Workshops here.

If you have questions regarding registering for a Pre-Conference Workshop, please contact Gigi Andrew at gandrew@executivevents.com.

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio, Texas on October 25-28, 2016.

Not yet registered for the iNACOL Symposium on October 25-28? Click here to register now.

About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning 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 25-28, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,400 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 more than 260 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 classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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October 15, 2016

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 10/20: Instructional Tools for Personalized Learning: Insights from a Student and Superintendent

A final word from the neo-liberals…

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TEACHER TALK WEBINARInstructional Tools for Personalized Learning: Insights from a Student and Superintendent

Thursday, October 20, 20166:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET (register)
On Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Teacher Talk Webinarto share insights on instructional tools for personalized learning.
How can teachers create a classroom environment that enables student voice and choice, deeper learning and agency, while ensuring students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that lead to success?

Join this webinar to hear from Brooke Berry, a middle school student at Eminence Independent School District, and her father Buddy Berry, Superintendent at Eminence Independent School District, about instructional tools designed for personalized learning.

Teachers will learn how to embed tools and practices into their pedagogical approaches to create powerful, personalized learning opportunities for all students. Buddy will discuss how to empower teachers to make the shift toward personalized learning, and Brooke will share tools and instructional examples for teachers to bring back to their own students, including project-based learning, passion projects and more.

iNACOL COO Bruce Friend said, “Instructional tools can transform teaching and learning, yielding higher student achievement and preparing every student to be successful in our increasingly global society.”

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

Webinar Title: Instructional Tools for Personalized Learning: Insights from a Student and Superintendent

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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 websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter .

 

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