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September 3, 2016

Virgel Hammonds And Dr. Darryl Adams Keynoting 12th Annual iNACOL Symposium on October 26, 2016

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Dear Colleagues,iNACOL is pleased to announce two dynamic keynote speakers on student-centered learning, educational innovation and equity: Virgel Hammonds and Dr. Darryl Adams for the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in San Antonio, TX.

Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer of competency-based education work at KnowledgeWorks, will share why and how educators and communities are making the shift toward powerful, learner-centered, competency-based systems.
Known as the rock-and-roll Superintendent, Dr. Darryl Adams is transforming education through love, music and service to prepare each student for college, career and citizenship. He will share his community’s moral imperative to bridge the digital divide to ensure all students are connected and empowered, and that educational equity and access is a civil right not denied.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for these esteemed keynotes, more than 260 thought-provoking sessions, and unparalleled networking opportunities. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is Innovation for Equity + Redefining Success and will be in San Antonio, Texas on October 25-28, 2016.

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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 200 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 websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

 

 

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August 31, 2016

Todd Rose Keynoting 12th Annual iNACOL Symposium on October 26, 2016

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Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce that Todd Rose will keynote the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium on Wednesday, October 26.

Todd is the co-founder and president of the Center for Individual Opportunity and faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness.

This ground-breaking book highlights recommendations for reimagining the future of learning with a stronger focus on honoring individuality, developing talent, building competencies and credentialing qualifications.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for this esteemed keynote, more than 260 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities onOctober 25-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is Innovation for Equity + Redefining Success.

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Register to attend the leading event in K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning today.

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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 200 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 websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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July 28, 2016

iNACOL Symposium Announces 2016 Pre-Conference Workshops

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Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce the lineup of Pre-Conference Workshops scheduled to kick off the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium held in San Antonio, Texas on October 25-28, 2016.

iNACOL offers Pre-Conference Workshops on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 to provide focused full- and half-day 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 a separate registration from the Symposium.

Space is limited, so please register for the Pre-Conference Workshops as soon as possible:

  • If you’ve already registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium, pleaseclick here to add a pre-conference workshop to your existing registration.
    1. Click ‘View or Change Your Existing Registration’ and enter your email and password and click ‘continue.’
    2. Once logged in, click ‘continue’ and then click ‘make changes’ in the upper right hand corner. From here, you can modify various aspects of your registration, including adding a pre-conference workshop.
  • If you’ve already registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium with a group, you will need to email your pre-conference workshop choice(s) to Gigi Andrew: gandrew@executivevents.com.
  • If you haven’t yet registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium, register here today and be sure to add a pre-conference workshop to your registration.

Below is the list of Pre-Conference Workshops offered at the iNACOL Symposium:

  • Administration and Management of Online Programs
  • All Teachers Can Teach Coding
  • An Update on Online Learning and Students With Disabilities: Practitioner Perspectives, Research Results and the Legal Landscape
  • Are You Ready for Personalized Learning? How to Diagnose Your School or District’s Readiness to Launch Personalized Learning
  • Blended Learning Live!
  • Building a Blended School from the Ground Up
  • Competency Education Leadership Forum
  • Future City: An Immersive Project Based Learning Experience
  • How to Launch a Successful and High-Quality Online Learning Program
  • K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting
  • Policy Advocacy Skills Workshop
  • Putting It All Together: How to Create a Personalized System of Education

Complete descriptions and presenter information for all Pre-Conference Workshops can be found on the Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule section of our website.

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.

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 200 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 websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter .

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July 21, 2016

Register for the iNACOL Symposium | Session Highlights

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Dear Colleagues,

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium this October 2016 will provide  260 workshops and sessions exploring trends and developments in personalized learning. There are session strands focused on the leading-edge school designs for competency-based education as well as blended and online learning. Experts and practitioners share the latest research, promising practices and tools for creating powerful, personalized learning experiences for all students and building understanding to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education.

The iNACOL Symposium is October 25-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.Register here for the iNACOL Symposium with the early-bird registration discounted rate.

Below, are highlights of a few of the 260+ sessions presentations offered at the conference:

Rethinking Educator Learning to Move Toward Competency-Based Learning

How does a state or district reimagine professional learning, pre-service and in-service, to accelerate the transition to competency-based learning? Come join us for both a discussion of our work in New Hampshire from the perspective of pre-service higher education partners, district leadership and state leadership AND a design session to help you get started.

  • Paul Leather, New Hampshire Department of Education
  • Adam Rubin, 2Revolutions
  • Jonathan Vander Els, Sanborn School District
  • Raymond McNulty, Southern New Hampshire University

Proving Ground: Using Evidence to Drive Change
Proving Ground, a Center for Education Policy Research initiative at Harvard University, is developing a new research infrastructure to allow districts & CMOs to quickly learn about the relationship between their interventions and student outcomes in order to improve implementation, assess impact, and inform decision-making. Session participants will learn about this infrastructure, the relationship between specific education software usage and student outcomes, review sample reports and engage in a discussion about how data can help inform change.

  • Bi Vuong, Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University
  • John Rice, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Elena Salina, Aspire Public Schools
  • Stacey Wang, Oakland Unified School District

Transforming Education with Learners at the Center
How do we realize a new future of learning in which every child fulfills their boundless potential? Join us to explore the learner-centered universe. Play with and expand your notions of where, how, when and with whom learning happens. Engage with pioneers and learn from their transformational journeys to reimagine and create learning environments that work for all. Join a conversation with pioneers to develop new and further existing ideas to redesign learning in your own community.

  • Kelly Young, Convergence
  • Trace Pickering, Iowa BIG
  • Margaret Black, Big Thought
  • Virgel Hammonds, KnowledgeWorks  

Strategies to Support Educators in Creating Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments
Panelists will share the steps they took to empower teachers to implement personalized, learner-centered teaching in their schools. They will share strategies on how they support teachers on a daily basis. We will include discussions on the Educator Competencies for Personalized Learner-Centered Teaching and Micro-credentials to guide teachers as they build the skills they need to teach in learner-centered environments. The panel is moderated by Kathleen McClaskey from Personalize Learning, LLC.

  • Kathleen McClaskey, Personalize Learning, LLC
  • Barbara Bray, Personalize Learning, LLC
  • Betty Wottreng, Verona Area School District
  • Tuesday Rammuni, Liberty Elementary School
  • Dennis Russo, Pinellas County Schools

Amplifying Teacher Voice to Uncover & Address EdTech Market Gaps

The NewSchools Ignite team will engage the audience to participate in a market research focus group on instructional pain points they have in the classroom and how edtech can play a role in addressing them. We’ll share what we’ve learned as we’ve invested in edtech market gaps and our ventures have undergone usability and/or feasibility testing with students and teachers. We’ll invite educators to help us influence the edtech market to best meet the needs of students and their teachers.

  • Esther Trioche, NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Tonika Cheek Clayton, NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Cameron White, NewSchools Venture Fund
  • John Terada, NewSchools Venture Fund
  • Eva Gonda Green, NewSchools Venture Fund

Bottom Up Strategy to Implement ESSA in New Mexico
The session will address the actions that communities in New Mexico have taken to harness the demand for change in public education. The strategy to implement the ESSA was done through an assets lens by incorporating community voice, cutting-edge practice, and policy expertise to develop the blueprint. The presenters will describe the process and methods used to engage a wide variety of community members and policy experts to shape a new direction for the state.

  • Tony Monfiletto, New Mexico Center for School Leadership
  • Angelo Gonzales, Mission Graduate
  • Javier Martinez, Partnership for Community Action (PCA)

Blended Learning for Secondary Students: How Four Districts are Increasing Student Outcomes
Join us for a panel discussion, moderated by blended learning expert Michael Horn, featuring four districts who have implemented successful blended learning programs for middle school and high school. Learn about implementation successes and failures, and what has and hasn’t worked through real-life examples. Districts looking to launch a new blended learning program or those taking it to the next level will hear new ideas and approaches with proven efficacy on how to maximize student outcomes.

  • Michael Horn, Author of Disrupting Class and Blended
  • Kim Loomis, Clark County School District
  • Janice Manfred, Boston Public Schools
  • Leeann Schubert, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Ryan Imbriale, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Betsy Hardy, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES

Diffusing Innovation: Beyond Pockets of Excellence
How might we accelerate the spread of promising practices in our classrooms and school communities? While innovative research, policies and technologies have the potential to transform learning for all students and close the achievement gap, many of these are not sticking or spreading beyond a few pockets of excellence. In this session, participants will learn about emerging approaches that engage educators in translating promising ideas into meaningful action. 

  • Zoe Stemm-Calderon, Raikes Foundation
  • Helayne Jones, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Katherine Casey, Denver Public Schools
  • Michelle King, The Environmental Charter School
  • Masa Uzicanin, Sevenzo

T5-A Teen’s Totally Techy Teacher Tools
Want to hear from a middle school student about Web 2.0 tools that kids love? Then this session is for you! Come hear about the latest and greatest tech tools and specifics on how to embed them into your lessons. Bring your laptop and questions, and I’ll walk you through over 25 applications plus even more instructional examples. Examples range from project-based learning, flipped and blended lesson inclusions, passion projects, and some of the most awesome and crazy good tech tools in the world!

  • Brooke Berry, Eminence Independent Schools (Student)
  • Buddy Berry, Eminence Independent Schools 

The Future of Curriculum and Instructional Tools
Members of the Gates Foundation will share some of the key work happening in the field to increase the availability of high-quality, Common Core-aligned curriculum materials, and increase the reliable market information about the quality of curriculum offerings. In a lively panel discussion, we’ll discuss the future vision of curriculum.

  • Henry Hipps, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

We hope to see you at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium held in San Antonio, Texas on October 25-28, 2016Register here today, and please contact us with any questions.

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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 200 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.

Stay connected:

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July 15, 2016

iNACOL Symposium | Early-Bird Registration Discounts End July 15, 2016

Another reminder from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues,

Tomorrow (July 15, 2016) is the last day to take advantage of early-bird discounts on attendee registration for the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts to attend the iNACOL Symposium, being held on October 25-28, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Attendee registration is now open, and early-bird registration discounts are available untilJuly 15, 2016. This year’s theme is “Innovation for Equity + Redefining Success.”

Don’t miss out on early-bird pricing discounts. Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today!

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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 150 engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the 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 websitelike us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.

 

 

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