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November 8, 2015

Come Visit Us at iNACOL

Since the annual iNACOL conference begins today, I figured I should post these vendor e-mails that I have been receiving (even though I’m not attending, and haven’t for several years now).  I’ll post them on the hour until they run out – not sure how many I’ll receive to be honest (as this one showed up this past Monday or Tuesday, but there were no more as of the end of the day on Friday when I last updated this message)…

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2Revolutions
Dear Friends,
We are very excited for this year’s iNACOL Symposium in Orlando, FL on November 8-11, 2015! For those of you making the trip to the conference, 2Rev will be hosting a few conference sessions:
Sunday, November 8, 1:00 – 4:00pm: Designing the Future of Learning
(pre-conference session)
Adam Rubin and Todd Kern, Founders, 2Revolutions
Amy Allen, Principal, Parker Varney Elementary School
Kelly Callahan, Teacher, Parker Varney Elementary School
Gretchen Morgan, Executive Director of Choice and Innovation, Colorado Department of Education
This 3-hour workshop, designed to meet the needs of educators and leaders across the education sector, will provide a hands-on introduction to the forces shaping the transition toward the Future of Learning in K-12 education.
This workshop will demonstrate why design matters and help participants better understand current approaches for moving to next generation learning models. Attendees will examine innovation cycles and how to experiment on existing models, how to prototype new models, and how to iterate toward transformation of schools and systems. The key trends driving the future of learning toward personalization, emerging technologies, a shift in policy environments, advances in the science of cognition, increased global economic pressures, the expanding ecosystem of learning and putting students at the center are powered by blended models in this new world. Attendees will think about how to scale the most promising innovations from early stage planning to iterate using innovation design methodologies.
Space is limited to ensure small group interactions, so we encourage you to register early for the pre-conference workshops.
Tuesday, November 10, 11:15am – 12:15pm: The State as Catalyst for Innovation: Inside the Test Kitchen
Adam Rubin, Founder, 2Revolutions
Gretchen Morgan, Executive Director of Choice and Innovation, Colorado Department of Education
Paul Leather, Deputy Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Education
Come inside to learn about the work from two very different places, New Hampshire and Colorado, as they move toward next generation learning at scale. How did they map themselves against the enabling or inhibiting conditions as a starting point? What have they learned through their work? How are they adapting and approaching scale? Where are you as a state and district and how do you move toward realizing your future of learning?
Wednesday, November 11, 10:00am – 12:15pm: Uberizing Time, Talent, and Technology for AP Teaching and Learning
Bryan Setser, Partner, 2Revolutions
Julie Goff, Director, Davidson Next
Participants will be learners or “riders” in the domains of AP Physics, AP Calculus, and AP Macroeconomics. “Ride share teams” will organize themselves around common challenges in AP content. Teams will collaborate with fellow riders, as well as external professors and AP teachers. The workshop will focus on sample routes that leverage AP MOOCs and Uber-style tactics and connection widgets that will enable learners to ride along with experts, each other, and deeper supports on the platform.
Wednesday, November 11, 11:15am – 12:15pm: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation
Bryan Setser, Partner, 2Revolutions

The world is changing, which places new demands on how we prepare students and adults to succeed in the complex future that awaits them. This session will focus on how leaders across the education sector can develop and sustain a culture of innovation to accelerate positive outcomes. Participants will learn about our design tool that can be used by organizational leaders to plot their current state, assess where to go next, and assist in moving the organization to a future state.

We hope to see you in Orlando!

The 2Rev Team

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November 5, 2015

iNACOL Symposium | Connecting Powerful Innovators in Unique Ways

And from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Michael,

iNACOL is thrilled to offer new and unique ways to connect powerful innovators at the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium.

iNACOL VoicesHub

Have you ever wanted to do a podcast or blog? We are encouraging educators to come share your stories with us. Located in Asia 3, the iNACOL Voices Hub is an interactive, creative center for capturing your thoughts, telling your story and sharing your ideas through live podcasting and blogging. Simply bring an open perspective and a willingness to engage and share. Space will be provided for attendees to blog through an easy-to-use template. Sign up to speak in the pop-up studio to record and become part of upcoming Getting Smart Podcast episodes on Symposium topics. Blogs and podcasts will be catalogued and potentially selected for visibility on GettingSmart.com, iNACOL.org, The Huffington Post, Medium and Education Week. We can’t wait to hear your story. Visit the blogging microsite and join the conversation on Twitter using#VoicesHub.

Powerful Innovators Lounge

This year, iNACOL is offering the Powerful Innovators Lounge where attendees can relax between sessions, network with other attendees, meet up with other innovators and reflect on lessons learned throughout the Symposium. This lounge is located on the fifth level near the top of the escalators.

Book Signing by Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark will be signing copies of his new book, Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning, during this year’s Symposium. Join Tom on Monday, November 9 from 3:05 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. near the lounge area within the Exhibit Hall. This book is a resource to guide parents in creating, choosing and advocating for powerful, student-centered learning experiences for their for their children, featuring inspiring tips from more than 60 parents and learning experts.

Book Signing by Anthony Kim

Anthony Kim will be signing copies of his new book, Personalized Learning Playbook, during the Symposium. Join Anthony on Tuesday, November 10 from3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. near the lounge area within the Exhibit Hall. This resource introduces the mindsets, technologies and schools that are leading the transformation toward personalized learning. Anthony will be discussing this book during his session on Tuesday from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Earn Graduate Credit

Make the most of your iNACOL 2015 experience and earn graduate credit through Dominican University of California. At the 2015 Symposium, you can earn 1 or 2 graduate semester credits for attending the conference and implementing the ideas you discover. View the syllabus and registration information or stop by their kiosk on-site in the registration area to meet with a university representative. If you have questions, please contact Karianne Pulli at 800.626.5080.

Earn Continuing Education Units

Virginia Commonwealth University and iNACOL have partnered again to offer 3.7 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for attending the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. Continuing Education Units are often required for licensed professions such as teaching to maintain licensure. A CEU is defined as ten hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, such as the iNACOL Symposium.For iNACOL Symposium attendees wishing to earn CEUs during the iNACOL Symposium, please sign up at the iNACOL Booth located by the Registration Desk. There will be a $30 fee for processing the credits paid by check on-site or through credit card by directly registering through VCU (no cash). At the conclusion of the conference, a written assignment reflecting on your experience at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will be required. Please contact Allison Powell at apowell@inacol.org with any questions you may have.

About the iNACOL Symposium

On November 8-11, the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of next generation learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world. iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning and gathers 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 200 engaging interactive sessions, with tracks for K-12 online learning, K-12 blended learning, competency-based pathways, policy, research, quality assurance and much more. Learn more on the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium website.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. 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 Facebook, and follow us on twitter.

 

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October 27, 2015

iNACOL Symposium | 2015 Pre-Conference Workshops Announcement

From the neo-liberals…

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Dear Michael,

The 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium is quickly approaching. To kick off this year’s Symposium, iNACOL is offering Pre-Conference Workshops on Sunday, November 8, which provide focused full- and half-day highly interactive workshops for deeper learning and knowledge building in competency-based, blended and online learning.

These workshops provide intensive professional development opportunities in small groups and require separate registration. Space is limited, so please register for the Pre-Conference Workshops as soon as possible.

Below are a few Pre-Conference Workshops offered at the 2015 Symposium:

  • A Step-By-Step Guide to Communications Planning for Blended Learning: Key Messages, Tips, and Tactics for Knowing What to Say and When to Say It
  • An Update on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities: Practitioner Perspectives, Research Results, and the Legal Landscape
  • Implementing Competency Education: Insights from Local Leaders
  • Comparing Success Stories: International Perspectives in Online, Blended and Competency-Based Learning
  • Expert Seminar on Standards (Data, Content Metadata, Technology) for Competency Education
  • Policy Advocacy Skills Workshop

Complete descriptions and presenter information for all pre-conference workshops can be found on the Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule section of our website. Please register in advance for pre-conference workshops.

For questions, please contact Tracy Breithaupt, iNACOL Events Manager, attbreithaupt@inacol.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida on November 8-11, 2015.

About the iNACOL Symposium
On November 8-11, the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of next generation learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world. iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning and gathers 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 200 engaging interactive sessions, with tracks for K-12 online learning, K-12 blended learning, competency-based pathways, policy, research, quality assurance and much more. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.
 

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. 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 Facebook, and follow us on twitter.

 

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October 2, 2015

iNACOL Symposium Announces Keynote Presentations and Track Highlights

From today’s inbox from the neo-liberals…

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2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
 

Dear Michael,

Connect with powerful innovators at the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. We are proud to announce the esteemed lineup of keynote presentations to inform, inspire, and propel thinking around student-centered learning.

Sustaining Lasting Change: Mobilizing Thousands Toward Student-Centered Learning
Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder, Free The Children, Me to We and We Day

Cultivating Student Ownership through Growth Mindset to Develop World-Class Learners
Eduardo Briceno, Co-Founder and CEO, Mindset Works

Student Plenary Panel: The Power of Student Voices

The Future of Personalized Learning: Reinventing Education
Buddy Berry, Superintendent, Eminence Independent School District
Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Tom Stritikus, Deputy Director of College Ready, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Education Reimagined: A Transformational Vision with Students at the Center
Becky Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association
Gisele Huff, Executive Director, Jacqueline Hume Foundation
Kelly Young, Executive Director, Education Reimagined

These inspirational keynote presentations are complemented by over 200workshops and sessions, which are categorized by track to guide attendees toward customized topics of their choice. This year, iNACOL is thrilled to offer 24 unique tracks, including Competency Education, Empowering Educators, Quality Assurance, Rethinking Assessments, and more. Two tracks, Blended Learning Programs-Charter and New Learning Models, have been made possible through the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation.

iNACOL is experiencing record-breaking registration for attendees. Learn more about the 2015 Symposium and register to attend today.

About the iNACOL Symposium

On November 8-11, the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of next generation learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world. iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning and gathers 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 200 engaging interactive sessions, with tracks for K-12 online learning, K-12 blended learning, competency-based pathways, policy, research, quality assurance and much more. Learn more at http://www.inacol.org/.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. 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. To learn more, please visit  http://www.inacol.org/.

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September 25, 2015

iNACOL Symposium Announces Keynote On November 10, 2015

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

Dear Michael,

iNACOL is pleased to announce the Tuesday, November 10 luncheon keynote presentation for the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium is The Future of Personalized Learning: Reinventing Education. This inspirational keynote features three powerful education leaders providing TED-talk style presentations to transform education around student-centered and highly personalized learning.

The Future of Personalized Learning: Reinventing Education
Buddy Berry, Eminence Superintendent
Dallas Dance, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent
Tom Stritikus, Gates Foundation Deputy Director of College Ready

These presenters will bring education transformation to life-illuminating their reflections on student-centered systems that prepare globally competitive students and citizens, and highlighting future directions in personalized learning. By design and grounded in science, powerful personalized learning models can provide increased equity, excellence, and access to a world-class education for all students.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for this esteemed keynote presentation, more than 200 thought-provoking sessions, and unparalleled networking opportunities on November 8-11, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is Connecting Powerful Innovators.

iNACOL is experiencing record-breaking registration for attendees. Register now.

About the iNACOL Symposium

On November 8-11, the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will bring together more than 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of next generation learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world. iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning and gathers 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 200 engaging interactive sessions, with tracks for K-12 online learning, K-12 blended learning, competency-based pathways, policy, research, quality assurance and much more. Learn more at http://www.inacol.org/symposium/.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. 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. To learn more, please visit  http://www.inacol.org/.

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