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April 20, 2016

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute Just Uploaded A Video

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Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute has uploadedMVLRI Research Webinar: Meeting the Needs of Online Teachers – Training and Challenges
Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute
This session presents findings from a survey of Wisconsin Virtual School teachers about professional development timing and topics, top instructional challenges, and perceived needs for additional professional development.
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April 19, 2016

MVLRI Research Collaborative Meeting – 4/20 at 2pm EDT

From yesterday’s inbox…  Note this event is tomorrow.

An space to talk with researchers about ongoing work and opportunities!
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MVLRI Spring Research Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, 4/20/16, 2pm EDT

The quarterly Collaborative Meetings are designed for researchers in the field of K-12 online and blended learning to come together, get feedback on their work, and share any opportunities for collaborations for grants, research, publications, etc.

All webinars are held via Adobe Connect (https://connect.mivu.org/mvlri); there is no registration required. Attendees are encouraged to participate in our collaborative meetings using audio headsets and the text chat window. We also encourage attendees to chat on Twitter using #MVLRIchat.

Our latest podcast episode features a conversation with Mary Ann Wolf of theFriday Institute at NC State University. We talk about all the great work being done in her state around digital learning leadership and professional learning initiatives. Listen to the podcast here.
The most recent issue of the Journal of Online Learning Research is now available online. This issue features research articles on teacher satisfaction at online charter schools, open educational resources, and the validity of quality standards for online courses. Read the full issue here.
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April 15, 2016

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 4/21: Increase ELL Success Through Blended and Online Social Emotional Learning

More from the neo-liberals…

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TEACHER TALK WEBINAR

Increase ELL Success Through Blended and Online Social Emotional Learning

Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET  (register)

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Teacher Talk webinarto examine how to develop social emotional learning and increase success for English Language Learners (ELL) through blended and online learning environments. Presenter Mawi Asgedom is an Ethiopian refugee and former ELL who graduated from Harvard, authored eight leadership books used in classrooms worldwide and frequently speaks at education conferences.

There is a massive and persistent ELL achievement gap in the United States. Traditional ELL education approaches have focused on language acquisition and content knowledge, yet ELL students have unique social emotional needs. This webinar will examine social emotional skills and the importance for ELL programs using blended and online learning to close the graduation, learning and social gaps for ELL students.

Join this webinar to:

  • Explore research-based social emotional learning skills, such as grit and growth mindset, specifically as they relate to ELL students.
  • Learn best practices for providing ELL students with the core social emotional skills necessary to improve achievement, completion rates and learning outcomes.

Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, said, “Empowered by personalizing instruction and focusing on development of social and emotional skills, as well as content knowledge and language proficiency, teachers support and empower ELL students in culturally responsive ways using online and blended learning. Educators are individualizing instruction based on the unique needs and strengths of ELL students, creating a more equitable, inclusive and transparent system in which all students succeed.”

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

Webinar Title: Increase ELL Success Through Blended and Online Social Emotional Learning

Presenter: Mawi Asgedom, Mawi Learning

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 online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.


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April 14, 2016

REMINDER: iNACOL Webinar | 4/20: What Is Competency-Based Education?

And from the neo-liberals…

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SPECIAL EDITION WEBINAR

What Is Competency-Based Education?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET  ( register)

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Special Edition webinar as an introduction to K-12 competency education, by sharing foundational elements and exploring public school models that meet students where they are and ensure mastery of high standards for all students. The webinar will highlight promising practices from leaders and practitioners on the frontier of the next generation of teaching and learning through competency education.

Competency education is an educator-led reform and is taking root in schools and districts across the country. The concept behind competency education is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery of learning targets-and students advance upon mastery through a “performance” of what a student knows and can do-rather than just the number of hours spent in a classroom on a given subject.

The co-founders of CompetencyWorks, Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO, and Chris Sturgis, MetisNet, will share competency education’s design elements and structural underpinnings. To understand how these elements are implemented by educators in districts and schools, this webinar will highlight emerging competency education models. Dr. Kristen Brittingham, Director of Personalized Learning, will introduce the model in development at Charleston County School District, South Carolina, and Sydney Schaef will share the model being designed at Building 21 in Pennsylvania. Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer at KnowledgeWorks, will then discuss why educators and communities want to convert to a competency-based structure, and he will share his experiences from Lindsay Unified School District and RSU2, and as Chief Learning Officer at KnowledgeWorks.

“By focusing on empowering educators to personalize instruction for each student’s needs, students advancing on competency-based progressions are experiencing powerful learning experiences,” said Susan Patrick. “Districts and schools throughout the United States and around the world are fundamentally transforming K-12 education by designing new, powerful personalized learning models, structured within competency education systems to ensure all students master core learning objectives. By redesigning the education system around actual student learning and building educator capacity, we will work together to effectively prepare each student for college and career in an increasingly global and competitive economy.”

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

Webinar Title: What Is Competency-Based Education?

Presenters:

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 online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.


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April 13, 2016

Coming up next | Earth Day, American History, Classroom Management, eBooks, Social Emotional Skills

Note a couple of digital learning webinars here…

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Browse next week’s webinars below! Sign up for a free webinar hosted by one of our edWeb.netprofessional learning communities. You’ll earn a free CE certificate for attending a live webinar – or watching the recording.
April 22 is Earth Day! Celebrate with your K-8 students by attending a special live event with Dr. Sylvia Earle. Students will hear from the oceanographer, explorer, and conservationist, who has worked tirelessly to protect the planet’s oceans.

Earth Day Special: TFK Talks to Dr. Sylvia Earle!
Tuesday, Apr. 19 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time

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Presented by Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, with Jaime Joyce, Assistant Managing Editor, Education, TIME For Kids, and Laura Blackburn, Associate Editor, TIME For Kids
Sponsored by TIME For Kids & TIME Edge
Visit Real World Literacy

America’s First Secret Hero: Interview with Medal of Honor Recipient Hiroshi H. Miyamura
Tuesday, Apr. 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time

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Sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
Visit Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice

New Teachers Using Technology For Classroom Management
Tuesday, Apr. 19 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time

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Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO
Visit New Teacher Help

Nurturing Next Generation Innovators:
Supporting Young Children’s Entry in the Global Community
Wednesday, Apr. 20 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time

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Presented by Ellen Booth Church, Adjunct Professor, Nova Southeastern University, Educational Consultant and Author
Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company
Visit Classroom Management for Early Learning

Incorporating eBooks into the Curriculum:
Engaging Your Whole School Community with Digital
Wednesday, Apr. 20 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time

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Presented by Joanna McNally, high school librarian; with Betsey Lee, middle school librarian
Sponsored by Libraries Unlimited, OverDrive and School Library Connection
Visit SLC @ The Forefront

Digital Collection Development:
It’s Still the Wild West!
Wednesday, Apr. 20 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time

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Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT
Visit Emerging Tech

S/he Hit Me First:
Learn Proactive Solutions to Teach Social Emotional Skills through Daily Conflict
Thursday, Apr. 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

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Presented by Jill Molli, M.A., Educator, Keynote Speaker, Instructor for Conscious Discipline
Sponsored by Frog Street Press
Visit Early Childhood Learning Solutions

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