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February 14, 2019

REMINDER: Request For Presentation Proposals Is Open | iNACOL Symposium 2019

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Dear Colleagues:

This is a friendly reminder that iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California on October 28-31, 2019. This year’s theme is: Shining a Light on the Future of LearningiNACOL’s annual conference is the premier learning conference for those driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. 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 hereThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, March 8, 2019 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 6, 2019.

The iNACOL Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based learning environments, drawing on participant experiences and promoting dialogue and exchange. Across the various presentation formats and strands, we also encourage presentation proposals that target specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature.

For tips on submitting your presentation proposal, we have an archived webinar that explains the RFP process and timeline for proposal selection, and highlights ways to design interactive sessions that generate meaningful collaboration and foster engagement.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Christy Ellis, Events Project Manager, at cellis@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 the iNACOL Symposium website, and follow our TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn feeds for updates.

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  • iNACOL is now accepting presentation proposals for #inacol19, held on Oct. 28-31 in Palm Springs, CA. Submit your proposal before 3/8: http://ow.ly/yh0030ipn1l @nacol
  • Interested in presenting at the @nacol Symposium, Oct. 28-31 in Palm Springs? iNACOL is now accepting proposals to present, due 3/8. Submit proposal here: http://ow.ly/yh0030ipn1l

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About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. 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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February 6, 2019

Request For Presentation Proposals Is Open | iNACOL Symposium 2019

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Dear Colleagues:

iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California on October 28-31, 2019. This year’s theme is: Shining a Light on the Future of LearningiNACOL’s annual conference is the premier learning conference for those driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. 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 hereThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, March 8, 2019 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 6, 2019.

The iNACOL Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based learning environments, drawing on participant experiences and promoting dialogue and exchange. Across the various presentation formats and strands, we also encourage presentation proposals that target specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature.

For tips on submitting your presentation proposal, we have an archived webinar that explains the RFP process and timeline for proposal selection, and highlights ways to design interactive sessions that generate meaningful collaboration and foster engagement.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Christy Ellis, Events Project Manager, at cellis@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 the iNACOL Symposium website, and follow our TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn feeds for updates.

Share this RFP Announcement on Twitter:

  • iNACOL is now accepting presentation proposals for #inacol19, held on Oct. 28-31 in Palm Springs, CA. Submit your proposal before 3/8: http://ow.ly/yh0030ipn1l @nacol
  • Interested in presenting at the @nacol Symposium, Oct. 28-31 in Palm Springs? iNACOL is now accepting proposals to present, due 3/8. Submit proposal here: http://ow.ly/yh0030ipn1l

Helpful Links:

About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Symposium is the premier learning conference driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. 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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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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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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October 20, 2018

iNACOL Symposium | A Word From Our Keynote David Istance

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

Innovation in education and learning and the future of schooling have been my professional preoccupations for the past 20 years. It has been my privilege to have been encouraged to engage in “big picture” thinking and, better still, many of these reflections were published and used by others on their innovation journeys. It has been quite a thrilling challenge to work in the international arena at OECD, rubbing shoulders with some of the best brains and creative innovators in the world. Our work lay in the fertile interaction of research, policy and practice, seeking to be the catalysts for these interactions and offering tools and frameworks to get the most from them.

I had originally gone from college to the OECD in the 1970s for what I thought would be a brief assignment. A short contract turned into 15 years, as I acquired an invaluable apprenticeship in such areas as lifelong learning, equity and the international condition of teachers. By then I felt the need to get closer to people and issues on the ground and spent the next six years in teaching, research and consultancies in universities in Wales. But an invitation towards the end of the 1990s to return to lead a new project on educational futures – Schooling for Tomorrow – in OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) proved irresistible and back I went.

A word or two on innovation. We took it as a point of departure that the rapidity of change and the persistent evidence of widespread disengagement from schooling, among other factors, mean that schools and systems must be open to innovation. Our understanding of educational innovation was simple and wide-ranging: fresh approaches to longstanding challenges in a spirit of disciplined experimentation. The effects of such approaches are not universal but importantly shaped by context and expert implementation. Not everything labelled as “new” should be thought of as innovative, nor could innovation be reduced to particular practices (for example, those associated with digital technology).

What began in 1997 and only now drawing to a close was a major strand of OECD work at the heart of the CERI mission. It comprised three sequential projects that I had the privilege to lead: Schooling for Tomorrow, Innovative Learning Environments and Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning. Based on this work, we published another book in the series every two years or so with titles such as What Schools for the Future? (2001), Personalising Education(2006), The Nature of Learning (2010), Innovative Learning Environments(2013), Schooling Redesigned (2015) and Teachers as Designers of Learning Environments: the Importance of Innovative Pedagogies (2018).

Around 2000, I constructed a scenario set intended to stimulate education leaders at all levels, including lead teachers, to clarify both their preferred schooling futures and their best-guess likely futures. But it became clear that we needed to focus intensively on learning, not just the institutions and systems of schools, and hence the follow-up projects after Schooling for Tomorrow. We needed to understand learning holistically in its different environments and ecosystems, and how these might best be promoted. And, we needed to privilege the role of teachers and address the key role of pedagogy in the dynamic interactions between educators, learners, content and resources, no matter what the setting.

A key value of these different projects, in my view, lay in creating frameworks to inform the design by others of powerful practice and policy, rather than proposing international “solutions” ourselves. A good example is the concluding chapter in The Nature of Learning volume, in which complex research summaries by leading international experts were honed down to seven guiding design principles for classrooms, schools, even whole systems:

  • Make learning and engagement central.
  • Understand that learning is social and often best done collaboratively.
  • Be highly attuned to learner emotions.
  • Be acutely sensitive to individual differences.
  • Be demanding for each learner but without excessive overload.
  • Promote horizontal connectedness across learning activities and subjects, in- and out-of-school.
  • Use assessments that support these principles, with strong emphasis on formative feedback.

They were extended in 2013 in the “7+3 framework” for powerful, innovative learning environments:

  • Apply the 7 ILE learning design principles, while:
    • Innovating the elements and dynamics of the “pedagogical core”
    • Engaging in learning leadership as a “design/redesign” formative cycle,
    • Extending capacity through partnerships.

Other framework formulations include the “4 Ds” of learning leadership: Drive, Direction, Design, Dialogue. There is the typology of pedagogies in the most recent 2018 report featuring Blended Learning, Gamification, Computational Thinking, Experiential Learning, Embodied Learning, and Teaching Multiliteracies through Discussion. I will be elaborating some of these in Nashville during my keynote.


David Istance headed the Schooling for Tomorrow project at the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) for a decade, before leading another of its long-running programs – Innovative Learning Environments – and its follow-up Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning. This work has spanned systems change and future thinking, through local strategies and innovations, to research and practice on teaching and learning. 

Please join us at this year’s iNACOL Symposium where David will keynote on An International Perspective on Innovation and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Reflections on a Decade of OECD Insights and Research.

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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