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July 13, 2015

MVLRI Webinar Tomorrow, 7/14 @ 2pm EDT

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How and why schools use online learning
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MVLRI Webinar: 7/14 at 2pm EDT

Topic: How and Why Public Schools are Using Online Learning
Presented by the Education Development Center Team:

Peggy Clements
Erin Stafford
Jackie Zweig
Angela Pazzaglia

Our presenters will discuss the results of two separate reports examining the use of online courses in New York, Wisconsin and Iowa; findings also reveal reasons for online course enrollment and educator concerns over quality and academic integrity.

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All webinars are held via Adobe Connect (https://connect.mivu.org/mvlri) and require only an audio output device. Attendees are encouraged to interact and ask questions using the text chat window. We also encourage attendees to chat on Twitter using #MVLRIchat.

To view a list of all of our upcoming webinars, visit our Webinars Page. If you’re interested in presenting at one of our webinars, let us know!

Be sure to read our latest blog post examining postsecondary distance education enrollment data from NCES. This is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the benefits of online learning in preparing students for college and career.

Read the blog posthere.

The first in a series of podcast episodes on course choice programs in different states across the country has been released. In our first episode, we talk with Kate Loughrey of TXVSN about the ins and outs of the course choice program in Texas.

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July 9, 2015

MVLRI Webinar Next Week, 7/14 @ 2pm EDT

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Learn about the online course use in public schools…
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MVLRI Webinar: 7/14 at 2pm EDT

Topic: How and Why Public Schools are Using Online Learning
Presented by the Education Development Center Team:

Peggy Clements
Erin Stafford
Jackie Zweig
Angela Pazzaglia

Our presenters will discuss the results of two separate reports examining the use of online courses in New York, Wisconsin and Iowa; findings also reveal reasons for online course enrollment and educator concerns over quality and academic integrity.

Click here to add this event to your calendar

All webinars are held via Adobe Connect (https://connect.mivu.org/mvlri) and require only an audio output device. Attendees are encouraged to interact and ask questions using the text chat window. We also encourage attendees to chat on Twitter using #MVLRIchat.

To view a list of all of our upcoming webinars, visit our Webinars Page. If you’re interested in presenting at one of our webinars, let us know!

Be sure to read our latest blog post examining postsecondary distance education enrollment data from NCES. This is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the benefits of online learning in preparing students for college and career.

Read the blog posthere.

Our Virtual Viewpointspodcast is beginning a series on course choice programs in different states across the country. In the first of this series, we talk with Kate Loughrey of TXVSN about the ins and outs of the course choice program in Texas.

Listen here.

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July 8, 2015

Coming Up Next Week | Risk-Taking, Move to Learn, Smartphone Apps, STEM eBooks, OER

F09rom Monday’s inbox…  Note the open education item.

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Harnessing the Power of Risk-Taking: 
The Good, the Bad & the Calculated
Monday, Jul. 13 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

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Tuesday, Jul. 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time

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Ten Smartphone Apps Every New Teacher Needs NOW!
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STEMing up your Library’s Digital Collection
Wednesday, Jul. 15 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time

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Finding Open Educational Resources: 
From Needles in a Haystack to X Marks the Spot
Thursday, Jul. 16 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time

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June 28, 2015

#1 edWebinar of the Week + New Webinars Coming in July!

Note the blended learning item(s) in the past webinars…

 

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Unleash Student Creativity with Tech-Infused Lessons
Our #1 edWebinar of the week had 442 live attendees!
Sponsored by Shutterfly

This Creating Multimedia Stories for Learning webinar presented by Aimee Bartis, shared a framework that will help you plan awesome, creative, and tech-infused lessons.
Attendees learned about how to use Shutterfly’s free Photo Story App for the iPad to fuse your content with the ISTE Standards for Students on Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, and Critical Thinking.
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Putting Manipulatives to Work: 
Developing Geometric Measurement in Grades 3-4 with Color Tiles & AngLegs
Tuesday, Jul. 7 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time
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Healthy Teachers = Healthy Classrooms
Tuesday, Jul. 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time
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How We Promote Learning Milestones for Infants and Toddlers
Tuesday, Jul. 7 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
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Presented by Alice Sterling Honig, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Child and Family Studies, Falk College, Syracuse NY
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Empowering Digital Citizens: 
Embracing Social Media in Schools
Wednesday, Jul. 8 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
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Presented by Jason Markey, Principal for East Leyden High School; with Tony Pecucci, Technology Teacher for Leyden High Schools District 212
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Developing Your Data-Driven Mindset and Practice
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June 24, 2015

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 6/25 – Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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SPECIAL EDITION WEBINAR

CompetencyWorks – Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

Thursday, June 25, 2015
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET (register)

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a Special Edition Webinar from 2:00-3:00pm ET. Featuring Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, the webinar will explore the recently released CompetencyWorks report titled: Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders.

This report highlights strategies to engage, motivate, and teach all students to proficiency and mastery; depicts shifts in instruction toward deeper learning and meaningful assessments for learning; while exploring models of distributed leadership and educator empowerment.

Over the past five years, Sturgis has interviewed leading innovators and visited competency-based schools and districts nationwide. These innovators offer powerful insights regarding opportunities and challenges in transitioning to competency education.

This webinar will investigate effective district implementation strategies, informed by local education leaders, to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students’ needs.

Hear directly from the following district leaders who will be sharing district implementation strategies:

  1. Derek Hamilton, Dean of Operations, Pittsfield School District (NH)
  2. Virgel Hammonds, Superintendent, RSU2 (ME)
  3. Robert Crumley, Superintendent, Chugach School District (AK)

“Transforming a school or district toward competency-based education requires extraordinary leadership, commitment, and vision,” said Sturgis. “The district implementation strategies provided in this paper, informed by innovative local leaders on the cutting edge, lay the groundwork for schools and districts to begin transforming toward personalized, competency-based learning models.”

“The traditional, time-based education system, which moves learners along in time-based cohorts, is no longer a viable model for our students,” said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL. “Its one-size-fits-all curriculum leaves students with gaps in foundational knowledge. Implementing competency-based learning creates a system-wide infrastructure where students do not advance until they have mastered specific competencies, eliminating gaps in learning and ensuring students receive the instructional supports they need to succeed. This student-centered system maximizes each student’s potential, ensuring they are college- and career-ready.”

This webinar is free to attend, but please register for final details and login information.

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 about iNACOL, please visit http://inacol.org.

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