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August 29, 2015

iNACOL Symposium Announces Craig Kielburger Keynote on November 9, 2015

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2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
 

Dear Michael,

iNACOL is pleased to announce the Monday, November 9th opening keynote presentation for the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will be Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of Free The Children, Me to We and We Day, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author.

As co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we,’ Craig will share insights from his journey of providing holistic and sustainable education, clean water, health care, food security and alternative income programs in eight developing countries. In 1995 at 12 years of age, Craig co-founded Free The Children. He has since built one of the largest social media followings in the world with 3.6 million followers, mobilizing thousands of youth to reach out and help others. He will share his story of empowering others, reminding us that it only takes one person to make a powerful difference in the world today.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium for this esteemed keynote, more than 200 thought-provoking sessions, and unparalleled networking opportunities onNovember 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/
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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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August 20, 2015

iNACOL Symposium | 2015 Pre-Conference Workshops Announcement

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Dear Michael,

iNACOL is pleased to announce the lineup of Pre-Conference Workshopsscheduled to kick off the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposiumheld in Orlando, Florida on November 8-11, 2015. iNACOL offers Pre-Conference Workshops on Sunday, November 8, 2015 to provide focused full- and half-day interactive “seminar” 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 is the list of pre-conference workshops offered at the 2015 Symposium:

  • Going Blended: A Step-By-Step Workshop on Creating and Implementing Effective Blended Learning
  • Expert Seminar on Standards (Data, Content Metadata, Technology) for Competency Education
  • How to Start an Online Learning Program
  • Policy Advocacy Skills Workshop
  • Teaching and Deeper Learning in Digital Settings
  • 20 Tech Tool Treasures – Teacher Tested, Student Approved
  • 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
  • Administration and Management of Online Programs
  • An Update on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities: Practitioner Perspectives, Research Results, and the Legal Landscape
  • Designing the Future of Learning
  • Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Superintendents Share Battle Scars and Victories from Designing and Implementing a Personalized Learning Strategy Across their District
  • Implementing Competency Education: Insights from Local Leaders
  • K-12 Research Community Meeting
  • Supporting Teachers in Blended and Personalized Schools: New Competencies and New Resources
  • Role of the School Leader in New Learning Models

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 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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July 13, 2015

iNACOL Symposium | Session Highlights

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Dear Michael,

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium provides unparalleled professional learning experiences and networking opportunities. There are hundreds of sessions and workshops with session tracks exploring K-12 blended learning, online learning and competency education as well as policy. Experts and practitioners share the latest research, promising practices, and tools to create powerful, personalized learning experiences for all students and to catalyze the transformation of education.

The iNACOL Symposium is November 8-11, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Early birdregistration discounts end on July 15.

Below, we highlight a few of the 100+ sessions offered at the conference:

More than Messaging: The Role of Public Engagement in Educational Innovation
Innovation often comes under assault when school leaders translate reforms into a public campaign. Often overlooked is the fact that “communications” and “engagement” are two distinct strategies. One relies on coordinated messaging directed externally; the other embraces those impacted by change, using civic involvement to increase input, ownership, and support. Participants will learn the essential elements of authentic engagement and how they can be deployed to drive change in education.

Shaun Adamec, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Stephen Abbott, Great Schools Partnership

Ramping Up Innovation: Strategies for Personalized Learning Leaders
So you’re using technology and personalized learning, and you’re excited about the possibilities. Learn how to tackle big questions about sustainability, student agency, competency-based progression, evaluation, communication and team building. This session is ideal for decision makers, principals, assistant principals, department heads, directors of IT, and other courageous leaders. Using a station rotation model, participants will have ample access to experts and like-minded peers.

Chris Liang-Vergara, LEAP Innovations
Amy Nowell, LEAP Innovations
Amy Huang, LEAP Innovations

First-Hand Accounts: Students and Teachers Share Their Experiences in New, Competency-Based High Schools
In this session, students and teachers from new, competency-based public high schools reflect on their experiences in innovative, personalized school models. Participants will hear students’ perspectives on being part of these new schools and will engage with teachers as they share how their teaching practice has shifted in a competency-based, tech-enabled model. Springpoint, a national organization supporting competency-based school design, will facilitate the session.

Elina Alayeva, Springpoint
Anna Hall, Springpoint

Recruiting, Training, Supporting, and Evaluating Online Teachers: A Cross-Case Analysis of Teaching Infrastructure Across Virtual Schools
In collaboration with the Virtual School Leadership Alliance (VSLA), this panel delves into research conducted by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, a division of MVU. The research focused on similarities and differences across K-12 virtual schools with focus on teacher recruitment, hiring, training, support, evaluation, and retention. Included on this panel are three of eight programs including Wisconsin Virtual School, Illinois Virtual School, and Montana Digital Academy.

Kathryn Kennedy, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute
Dawn Nordine, Wisconsin Virtual School
Michele Nickels, Wisconsin Virtual School
Robert Currie, Montana Digital Academy
Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy
Cindy Hamblin, Illinois Virtual School

Build Bridges Across the EdTech Ecosystem: Partnerships, Pilots and Rapid-Cycle Evaluations for Innovative Tools and Practices
Rapid Cycle efficacy trials are changing how we think of research in edtech. Join other stakeholders in this design workshop as we identify goals, challenges, and barriers for each of the different stakeholder groups invested in developing edtech tools. Then, work through a realistic simulation in multi-stakeholder groups to uncover and create best practices for designing, implementing, and measuring innovative tools and practices through rapid-cycle iterations. Leave better prepared to pilot!

Katrina Stevens, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education
Steve Isaacs, EdTechBridge, William Annin Middle School
Jeanne Chang, E. L. Haynes
Kara Chesal, NYC Department of Education

Can Privacy Concerns Derail Online Learning?
Growing concerns about student data privacy can create headaches and hurdles for educators working to expand online and blended learning. Innovative educators must understand how student data is collected, used, and protected in order to strengthen parent confidence in digital learning. We’ll discuss FERPA, COPPA and new state laws, ways to find products that support privacy compliance, and strategies for communicating about privacy and online learning with parents and other stakeholders.

Alan Simpson, iKeepSafe.org
Kathleen Styles, US Department of Education
Brenda Leong, Future of Privacy Forum

Highlights of Successful Blended Learning Programs in District Schools
What does successful blended learning look like in district schools, most of whom are working with existing buildings, teachers, and students? How do these programs measure and show success? This panel is made up of educators from schools who have demonstrated successful student achievement outcomes. They will discuss how they created their programs and key elements of success. The Evergreen Education Group and Christensen Institute will moderate the discussion.

Michael Horn, Clayton Christensen Institute
John Watson, Evergreen Education Group

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the RAND Corporation Present Interim Research Findings on Schools that are Pursuing Personalized Learning
Representatives from the RAND Corporation & BMGF will discuss findings from the third year of a study on schools that are pursuing a range of approaches to ‘Personalized Learning.’ Schools involved in this study received funding from the Next Generation Learning Challenges, Charter School Growth Fund and/or the BMGF. This session will explain the study structure; review survey instrument tools; discuss the detailed qualitative and quantitative data analysis; and posit implications for the field.

Brad Bernatek, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
John Pane, RAND Corporation

We hope you will join us at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium held in Orlando, Florida on November 8-11, 2015. Register here today!

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

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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July 10, 2015

iNACOL Symposium | One Week Left For Early Bird Registration Discounts

From the neo-liberals in Thursday’s inbox…

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2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

Dear Michael,

Don’t miss out on Early Bird pricing when you register for this year’s iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium! Only one week remains to take advantage of Early Bird registration discounts, an offer that ends on July 15, 2015.
 
The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium is November 8-11 at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. This year’s theme is Connecting Powerful Innovators.
 
Please register online at http://www.inacol.org/symposium/.
 
For questions, please contact Tracy Breithaupt, iNACOL Senior Events Manager, at tbreithaupt@inacol.org.

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/.
Have you seen iNACOL’s new website? Browse the new features today:http://www.inacol.org/.
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June 25, 2015

iNACOL Symposium | Three Weeks Left For Early Bird Registration Discounts

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

Dear Michael,

Don’t miss out on Early Bird pricing when you register for this year’s iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium! Only three weeks remain to take advantage of Early Bird registration discounts, an offer that ends on July 15, 2015.
 
The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium is November 8-11 at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. This year’s theme is Connecting Powerful Innovators.
 
Please register online at http://www.inacol.org/symposium/.
 
For questions, please contact Tracy Breithaupt, iNACOL Senior Events Manager, at tbreithaupt@inacol.org.

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/.
Have you seen iNACOL’s new website? Browse the new features today:http://www.inacol.org/.
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