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May 7, 2015

iNACOL Webinar | 5/13 – Federal and State Policy Developments: Opening Opportunities for New Learning Models

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Federal and State Policy Developments: Opening Opportunities for New Learning Models

iNACOL Leadership Webinar



Wednesday, May 13, 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET (register)
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET, iNACOL will host a Leadership Webinar focused on federal and state policy updates, including reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), current US Department of Education Initiatives to support personalized learning, and state course access and innovation zone policies.
Maria Worthen will highlight iNACOL’s federal and state policy advocacy activities, providing a federal update on ESEA, focusing on key elements within the Senate reauthorization bill that will help to advance new learning models. She will also explore how states are advancing flexibility for schools and districts to implement personalized, competency-based learning through course access and innovation zones. From a federal perspective, Richard Culatta will present on specific US Department of Education initiatives, including FutureReady and ConnectED. From a state perspective, Buddy Harris will provide insight on Ohio’s competency education district pilot bill.

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


  • Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education
  • Buddy Harris, Senior Policy Analyst for the Ohio Department of Education
  • Maria Worthen, Vice President for Federal and State Policy, iNACOL
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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April 27, 2015

Reminder: Online PD Today at 1:00 PM Eastern!

A reminder of this event later today…

Please forward this email as appropriate as this week’s webinar in our CANeLearn members series is again open to everyone.

Today’s Highlights

Webinar: Monday, Apr. 27 from 1-2:00 pm Eastern

  • BOLT – Blended and Online Learning and Teaching — Presenters Dr. Constance Blomgren, Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes, Laurel Beaton
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    As ubiquitous access to technology increases in K-12 classrooms, a shift in the way in which learning is designed and delivered is beginning to materialize. In the K-12 education, technology enhanced learning, whether it is a version of blended or fully online is a growing and developing area of education. This trend will likely only increase in the future due to pressure from reduced budgets, changes to educational policy, increased access to technology, better understanding of connectivist approaches to learning and demand from learners.

    As teachers begin to shift their classroom practice towards technology-enhanced learning in its variety of models and classifications, a need for deep understanding of the pedagogy, theory and practice of this type of learning has emerged.

EdTech Open Workshops: Next series starting Today!

Toward Flexible Learning Solutions in Canada: A Symposium for K-12 Blended and Online Learning Leaders – July 8 & 9, 2015 (Halifax) Click here for more information

blendED Alberta Symposium (Oct. 25-27 Edmonton) Call for Proposals

See you online today!

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R. LaBonte
Canadian eLearning Network

April 20, 2015

[DEOS-L] Modeling How Faculty Can Prepare Accessible Distance Learning Content

While this is higher education focused, the content will likely be of use to folks in the K-12 environment too.

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EASI Free Webinar: Accessibility Training for Online Educators
Presenters: Sheryl Burgstahler and Hadi Rangin from the University of Washington

Tuesday April 21, 11 Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

This presentation describes 2 online courses to prepare faculty to provide accessible online content for their students. Sheryl describes a course she delivered online for faculty at Rutgers University. Hadi outlines a similar course he delivered for faculty at the University of Illinois.

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April 18, 2015

New ELL Curriculum to Close the Achievement Gap

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April 16, 2015

Reminder: [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

Thursday, April 23
11 AM PST / 2 PM EST


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