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April 2, 2020

REMINDER: Request for Presentation Proposals is Open | Aurora Institute Symposium 2020

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We apologize for any inconvenience that a broken link in our most recent Symposium 2020 RFP email reminder may have caused. Please see the information below regarding our Call for Presentation Proposals. We do hope that you will consider submitting a proposal.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL


Aurora Institute is now accepting Requests for Presentation (RFP) proposals for the Aurora Institute Symposium.

Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to find their tribe, learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

Access the RFP and submit your proposal to presentThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, May 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Aurora Institute Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based approaches, 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.

If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Christy Ellis, Events Project Manager, at cellis@aurora-institute.org. For other frequently asked questions, explore the Symposium FAQs web page.

View Our RFP Webinar


Aurora Institute recently hosted a special webinar to offer insights on the Symposium RFP process, hosted by our Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Friend. We shared pointers that will help you craft a standout session proposal. View this archived webinar to also learn about the structure of the Symposium, session strands and formats, understand how proposals are evaluated, and discover ways to heighten interactivity in your session.
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COVID-19 Update

We are currently planning to host the Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 Oct. 25-28, 2020, in San Antonio.

Planning a convening of this magnitude for the field is an enormous effort that requires complex decision-making, and sometimes quick pivots and contingencies, as new circumstances arise.

We assure you that we are closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) out of an abundance of caution and concern for your safety and wellbeing. We are in close contact with the Henry B. González Convention Center, which is taking direction from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Guidance from public health authorities in the United States, including the CDC, has consistently called for added safety precautions and planning for large gatherings.

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Aurora Institute Symposium Registration Will Open on April 8, 2020.

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The mission of the 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.

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March 4, 2020

Save The Date For The Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 – Oct. 25-28 | San Antonio, TX

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR


The world has changed; so too must our education system. Around the country – and the globe – schools are changing to modernize how teachers teach and how students learn – replacing traditional, time-based structures with new innovative, mastery-based student-centered learning models. Educators and school leaders are driving this transformation and re-imagining teaching and learning with new school designs to ensure all students build knowledge and skills, can apply it to real-world problems, and build the competencies they need to become lifelong learners.

Innovative educators and experts come together at the Aurora Institute Symposium year after year to find their tribe, learn together, identify solutions to their toughest challenges, and share the latest trends and innovations in future-focused education.

It is the field’s largest convening of professionals dedicated to student-centered learning, covering the greatest depth of practice, policy, and research. It is an unrivaled opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and allies, form relationships with others at the frontlines of next-generation learning, and add the field’s foremost thought leaders to your professional network.

Join us October 25-28, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, for the 15th annual symposium, to be held at the Henry B. González Convention Center, along the banks of the famous River Walk.

Our Call for Presentation Proposals Will Open March 23, 2020.

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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 

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November 2, 2019

Announcing iNACOL Symposium 2019 Innovator Award Winners

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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.

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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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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