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June 21, 2017

What’s New With ERIC? Find Out At ALA Annual And On Our Webinar!

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What’s New with ERIC? Find out at ALA Annual and on our Webinar!

ERIClogoCurious about what’s new with ERIC? There are two opportunities to find out this month!

For an in-person update, join us at the American Library Association’s (ALA)
Annual Meeting
in Chicago. We are presenting on Sunday, June 25 at 4:30 p.m.
in McCormick Place, room W176b. If you can’t
make the ALA presentation, sign up for
a webinar presentation on June 29, at 2 p.m. (ET).

These presentations will provide a summary of recent accomplishments and discuss current and planned work for the coming year. You will find out how ERIC and IES are committed to making our online resources more integrated and easier to use for the benefit of our stakeholders.

Specifically, you will hear about:

• ERIC’s newly added content, recent sources, and collection usage;

• Major accomplishments of 2017; and

• Current work and planned activities for 2018.

Come to our ALA session or register for the webinar to stay informed about ERIC. If you can’t make either presentation, sign up to be notified when an archived version of the webinar is available online.

The ERIC Update webinar will be held:

Thursday, June 29, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
To register for the webinar and for more information:
Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities by following us on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCES, NCER, NCEE, & NCSER to stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

June 17, 2017

Coming Up | 4 New edWebinars + Meet Us At ISTE!

From yesterday’s inbox… - Free edWebinars for Every Educator

Meet the Webinators at ISTE

Starring in an ISTE Poster Session

Michelle Luhtala,
Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School
Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School
Rachel Langenhorst, Tech Integrationist, Rock Valley Community School District
Monday, June 26th | 11am – 1pm
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Free edWebinars with CE Certificates

Connect with experts and colleagues for personalized professional learning that is informative and fun. Share ideas, practices, and additional resources with fellow attendees in live chat. Earn a CE certificate for attending or viewing the recording.
Too busy right now to attend live? Register to watch later, over the summer!

Billy Spicer
Assessing Literacy Growth with the 4 M Framework
Monday, Jun. 19 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Billy Spicer, Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in Illinois

Keith Pentz
Purposeful Engagements: Supporting Young Learners with Meaningful Interactions
Wednesday, Jun. 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Keith L. Pentz, National Early Childhood Specialist, Kaplan Early Learning Company

Michelle Luhtala
Virtual Library Program Development
Wednesday, Jun. 21 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT

The Next Generation of Differentiation:
The Path to More Powerful Personalization
Thursday, Jun. 22 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Madeline Ahearn, Curriculum Administrator, Eugene School District 4J in Oregon

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June 9, 2017

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 6/15: Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-Based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts

A final word today from the neo-liberals.

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Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-Based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts

Thursday, June 15, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will be hosting a Leadership webinar on assessment literacy to support competency-based education systems and other deeper learning efforts.

Assessment literacy is conceptualized as the knowledge and skills associated with designing, selecting, interpreting and using high-quality assessments to improve student learning. It is an essential component of successful teaching and learning, and it lays the groundwork for building teacher capacity in K-12 personalized, competency-based education systems.

Beyond using assessments in their classrooms, assessment literate educators should be equipped to deal with an onslaught of data from large-scale state assessments, interim assessments, local district- or school-wide assessments, and classroom-based assessments. Join noted assessment experts Scott Marion and Lorrie Shephard in this webinar to discuss ways to promote assessment literacy in general, and within competency-based education systems more specifically.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “In the United States, education experts and policy leaders could well benefit from studying assessment literacy in competency-based education systems to promote deeper learning by students. Let’s create a national conversation around assessments for learning and assessment literacy to build capacity for advanced systems of education designed for student success.”

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: Assessment Literacy to Support Competency-Based Education Systems and Other Deeper Learning Efforts


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  • Join @nacol #Webinar on Assessment Literacy supporting #CBE systems ft @ScottFMarion & @cueducation’s Lorrie Shepard

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 school and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedInand follow us on twitter.

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June 5, 2017

CANeLearn Live! Webinar

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CANeLearn Live! – Webinar Tuesday

Hello Michael, join us online from your computer or mobile for an engaging and informative discussion on using curriculum to drive assessment.

Tuesday, June 6 at 3:30 pm Eastern.

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CANeLearn Live! Webinar:

Tuesday, June 6 – 3:30 pm Eastern

Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (or if you prefer) Curriculum Mapping and Assessment – Symposium Highlight Webinar

  • Join Terri Reid, from Black Gold Regional School Divison, as she shares her well received CANeLearn 2017 Symposium session in this CANeLearn Live! webinar.
  • Teachers and Administrators have so much to do in their day that sometimes making those connections back to curriculum seems overwhelming.
    • How can we use curriculum mapping to drive instruction and assessment in classrooms, whether in a face to face, blended or online learning environment?
  • Teachers who develop curriculum maps learn what and when to assess and the importance of being explicit in their instruction. Let’s talk about the process and the impact that it can have on student learning. Curriculum mapping provides a clear path to student assessment and instruction and gives everyone permission to know when to stop.  Join our conversation to learn more.

CANeLearn Leadership Summit: Toronto

August Leadership Summit

Join us August 24 & 25, 2017, in downtown Toronto, at the Intercontinental Hotel for the annual Canadian eLearning Symposium Leadership Summit.

The focus of the 2-day event is on new learning models, practices, technologies, and learning environments.  Learn from Ontario leaders and others from across Canada through presentations, workshops, and structured dialogue and networking.


  • David Porter, CEO eCampusOntario
  • Cross Canada Leadership panel
  • Workshops, dialogue, networking

Register here today!

$195 ($175 members) includes Thursday social/keynote, Friday breakfast/lunch.

Hotel rooms at the Intercontinental, downtown Toronto at discounted rate – $209/night!

The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) is a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a mission to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning by providing members with networking, collaboration, and research opportunities.

“CANeLearn’s mission is to provide leadership that champions student success in online and blended learning.”


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Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute has uploaded MVLRI Webinar: Examining Student Learning Pathways Through an Online Algebra Course
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