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March 29, 2015

5 Ways to Make Blended Learning Work

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5 Ways to Make Blended Learning Work in Your SchoolsBlended learning is not simply about adding technology, it is about shifting teaching practice. For it to succeed, districts need to understand the pedagogical shifts required and how to support teachers in blended learning environments. In 2013 when Newark Public Schools began to roll out blended learning in some of its K-8 schools, the school leadership of both Quitman and Chancellor elementary schools knew that for it to succeed, they needed to support their teachers and help them shift their teaching practice. In this webinar, Newark Public Schools will share how they approach supporting teachers to take risks and drive to better student outcomes.


Neysa Miranda, instructional coach, Chancellor Avenue Elementary School, N.J.

Evelyn Vargas, vice principal, Quitman Street Renew School, N.J.

Jane Bryson, director of impact, Education Elements

This webinar will be moderated by Amy Jenkins, vice president, marketing, Education Elements

Register now for this free live webinar.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

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March 28, 2015

iNACOL Webinar | 4/3 – An Introduction to Competency-Based Education

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

An Introduction to Competency-Based Education




Friday, April 3rd, 10:00am – 11:00am ET (register)
On Friday, April 3, iNACOL will host a Special Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Sandra Dop of the Iowa Department of Education.
The concept is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery, rather than how much time is spent in a classroom. Competency-based education is a fundamental shift toward learner-centered systems.
Join Susan Patrick and Sandra Dop for a special webinar about trends and elements in implementing competency-based education. Policy and practice considerations will be discussed, including highlighting Iowa’s work in building capacity in the state, districts and schools, as well as lessons learned through their journey of planning, policy, and program implementation.
This webinar will cover key considerations and an overview for educators on competency-based education systems.

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


  • Susan Patrick, iNACOL
  • Sandra Dop, Iowa Department of Education
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
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March 27, 2015

[CNIE-L] Invitation to CIDER session ­- 1 April 2015 | Invitation à un atelier de « CIDER » – le 1er avril 2015

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Dear CNIE Member,

We invite you to the April CIDER session of our special ten-part Community of Inquiry Webinar Series. This free, online session will feature D. Randy Garrison and Zehra Akyol.

Title: The Development of a Shared Metacognition Construct and Survey Instrument for Communities of Inquiry

This session presents the second stage of a research project to develop a metacognition construct and instrument for the purpose of understanding and assessing the structure and dynamics of metacognition in a collaborative learning environment. The genesis of the shared metacognitive construct using the Community of Inquiry theoretical framework will also be described. The results of this study confirmed the shared metacognition dimensions of self and co-regulation. The researchers will lead a discussion on the practical implications of this work.

When: Wednesday, April 1, 201511am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

The CIDER Community of Inquiry Webinar Series includes monthly sessions running from September 2014 to June 2015. These sessions feature presentations by leading researchers on the CoI framework and its application to blended, distance, and online learning. The Community of Inquiry website at is acting as a companion site for the series and includes a wealth of background materials and further readings.

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit our website:


Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.


CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.


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March 25, 2015

[Webinar] Best Practices in Online Learning

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You are invited to hear Dr. Michael Barbour share best practices from his new book about building successful online learning programs.

By attending this webinar you will discover:

  • What schools are doing with online, distance, and blended learning around the globe
  • How schools have implemented online programs
  • Ways to identify and overcome common challenges
  • What the future predictions are for K-12 online learning

Don’t miss this chance to see new research on leading schools that offer high quality, online education.

Register Now for a chance to win Michael’s new book!


Note: Three attendees will win a copy of the book Online, Blended, and Distance Education in Schools. All registrants will receive a link to watch the recording and view the slides.

Best Practices in Online Learning

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March 23, 2015

Watch With Your Students | Interview With A Medal Of Honor Recipient

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New webinar from edWeb and CMoH Foundation. View as a webpage. - Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

Medal of Honor Recipient, Melvin Morris, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
On September 17, 1969 in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Republic of Vietnam Staff Sergeant Morris’ affiliated companies encountered an extensive enemy mine field and were subsequently engaged by a hostile force. Staff Sergeant Morris learned by radio that a fellow team commander had been killed near an enemy bunker and he immediately reorganized his men into an effective assault posture before advancing forward and splitting off with two men to recover the team commander’s body. Observing the maneuver, the hostile force concentrated its fire on Staff Sergeant Morris’ three-man element and successfully wounded both men accompanying him. After assisting the two wounded men back to his forces’ lines, Staff Sergeant Morris charged forward into withering enemy fire with only his men’s suppressive fire as cover. While enemy machine gun emplacements continuously directed strafing fusillades against him, Staff Sergeant Morris destroyed the positions with hand grenades and continued his assault, ultimately eliminating four bunkers. Upon reaching the bunker nearest the fallen team commander, Staff Sergeant Morris repulsed the enemy, retrieved his comrade and began the arduous trek back to friendly lines. He was wounded three times as he struggled forward, but ultimately succeeded in returning his fallen comrade to a friendly position.

Mr. Morris retired at Fort Hood, Texas in May 1985 and currently resides in Cocoa, FL with his wife Mary.

Free Webinar
Interview with a Medal of Honor Recipient: Living History with Melvin Morris

Hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

Thursday, Mar. 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time


In April 1970, then-Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism in advancing enemy lines, single-handedly destroying enemy forces that pinned down his battalion, and saving a fallen comrade, all while suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

On March 18, 2014, America decided she had not honored Mr. Morris enough. Forty-five years after two volunteer deployments to Vietnam, Melvin Morris was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House for his valorous actions while commanding the Third Company, Third Battalion of the IV Mobile Strike Force near ChiLang.

Almost a year after receiving the Medal of Honor, a now retired Mr. Morris reflects with Ronald Rand (CMOHF CEO) on Mr. Morris’ acts of gallantry and intrepidity that earned him the Medal of Honor, as well as how his life has changed since beginning his service to this nation as a Medal of Honor Recipient. During this webinar, he will take live questions about his experiences from teachers and students and will share his thoughts on character, commitment, and bravery. Teachers and students are invited to hear the personal story of Medal of Honor Recipient Melvin Morris in this special webinar presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

The United States Congress designated March 25 as National Medal of Honor Day.


On this day each year, there is a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate and honor the day, and the Citizen Honors recipients will be announced. The Citizen Honors awards are presented to ordinary Americans who have become extraordinary through a single instance of bravery, or through a lifetime of service to others. These acts of courage and self-sacrifice symbolize the American spirit, and are recognized every year on National Medal of Honor Day, by our nation’s greatest heroes. Learn more here.

Watch past interviews with Medal of Honor Recipients:

Heroism in the War on Terror: An Interview with Clint Romesha

An American Hero Brings History to Life: An interview with Medal of Honor Recipient Harvey C. “Barney” Barnum, Jr.

Interview with a Hero: Medal of Honor Recipient, Harold A. Fritz

Interviewer, Ron Rand, President and CEO, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
A retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general, Rand has more than 40 years of leadership and corporate communications experience in positions of increasing responsibility, including most recently as a senior vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation. Rand also brings a strong track record of developing leadership potential in others and executing complex outreach programs and events.


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Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice:
The Medal of Honor Character Development Program

Sponsored by Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

This professional learning community, hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, highlights a free character education program that includes 50+ lesson plans, 100+ video vignettes, webinars and primary source documents for secondary school teachers to use in the classroom as examples of courage, integrity, and good citizenship. The program is built on the premise that all people have within them the capacity for extraordinary bravery and selfless service.

Join the Community

Request your free MOH Character Development DVD is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for teachers and all educators to connect and collaborate with peers, share information and best practices, and spread innovative ideas to improve teaching and learning.

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