iNACOL PLUGGED IN 11.15.17
iNACOL released a new issue brief, Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning, which explores opportunities for states under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to rethink systems of assessments, and provides recommendations for state policymakers who are ready to support student-centered teaching and learning.
CompetencyWorks released a new report titled, Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education, which seeks to advance K-12 competency education along four key issues: equity, quality, meeting students where they are, and policy. Follow iNACOL’s blog series on this report:
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Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education.
New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain
Four Threshold Concepts to Think Differently About the Future of K-12 Education
What will it take to transform K-12 education to student-centered learning for the long term? In June 2017, iNACOL published the draft paper Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency…
New iNACOL Issue Brief: Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states now have increased flexibility to redesign their systems of assessments to better align to student-centered learning, allowing educators to focus on meeting students where…
State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education
The traditional, time-based K-12 education system is ill-equipped to prepare all students for success. Even with high school graduation rates at an all-time high (82%), graduates are entering college with 37% needing remediation, and only…
Recommendations for State Policymakers to Build Competency-Based Systems
Fully-developed, student-centered systems require significant shifts in policy and practice. They require the right balance of policies that create space for innovation and those that ensure equity with adequate supports and quality…
Upcoming iNACOL Events
November Teacher Talk Webinar | How Teachers Can Spark Student Agency
November 16, 2017 | 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET
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December Leadership Webinar | Empowering Leaders and Teachers to Scale Personalized Learning
December 6, 2017 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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December Teacher Talk Webinar | Strategies for Teachers to Develop Students as Global Citizens
December 14, 2017 | 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
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iNACOL Symposium 2018
Save the Date: October 21-24, 2018, Nashville, TN
Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education
5 Things I Learned While Scoring Micro-Credentials
Christina Kuriacose, CompetencyWorks
How Competency-Based Education Can Lead to a More Equitable Classroom
Nia Baucke, KnowledgeWorks
Using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals
Jodie Deinhammer, Edutopia
What K12 Administrators Need to Know About Student Engagement
Roger Riddell, Education Dive
How Teachers Can Make Competency-Based Education the New Normal
Mary Tkatchov, Education Week
Why Colorado Schools Are Revamping High School Graduation Guidelines
Monte Whaley, The Denver Post
Why Relationships Matter for Urban Students’ Engagement
Jennifer Fredricks, Students at the Center Hub
It’s Time for a Deeper Conversation About How Schools use Technology
Katrina Schwartz, KQED Mind/Shift
What Learners Need to Thrive in a World of Change
Andy Calkins, NGLC
iNACOL in the News
What Should (and Shouldn’t) Personalized Learning Look Like?
To better understand how the K-12 sector views "personalized learning", we asked educators, experts, and critics two simple questions. One thing became clear: This movement still means many different things to many different people.
The Path to Personalized Learning Is Not Straight
Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report
Three different districts. Three different time zones. Three different paths to the same general goal — personalized learning. Administrators from Henry County Schools, southwest of Atlanta; School District 51 in Mesa County, Colorado…
Competency-Based Micro-Credentials Are Transforming Professional Learning
Mary Ryerse, Education Week
The world is changing, and — as Sir Ken Robinson professes — we will need every ounce of capacity we can find and create. One of the keys to unlocking creativity, ingenuity and much more is taking new approach to professional…
Report: Scaling and Sustaining Competency-Based Education
Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
It's no longer enough to simply begin the journey of competency-based education. Enough schools are trying to implement CBE that it's time to write the second chapter by building on what is already known to work. That's the idea…
‘Personalized Learning’ Pitched as Alternative to Current WV Ed Methods
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail
Arguing that jobs are threatened by future automation and criticizing current prevailing education models, the president and chief executive officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning advocated Wednesday for…