iNACOL PLUGGED IN 8.15.18
Your engagement and action are needed over the next couple of weeks. Below are opportunities you should know about.
Pick Our SXSW EDU 2019 Panel
iNACOL has proposed a session for 2019 SXSW EDU Conference being held March 4-7, 2019 in Austin, TX, and we need your help to ensure we are able to share important insights and lessons about personalized learning.
You’re invited to vote and share input on our proposed session, A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning, which we’ll present along with our friends at LEAP Innovations and Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington Bothell. The session stems from our recently published report summarizing new research on how personalized learning is being approached and implemented across the nation.
Online voting is now open through Thursday, August 30, 2018. Your participation plays a significant role in whether our session is accepted. Click here to vote for the National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning panel. And share the invitation to participate with your colleagues by tweeting about it.
Nominate an Education Transformer for an iNACOL Innovator Award
Each year, iNACOL honors and celebrates education pioneers for their work in personalized, competency-based education. Nominations are now being accepted for the iNACOL Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Individual Contribution to Personalized Learning awards. We’ll announce honorees at the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, TN, which runs October 21-24, 2018.
Additional information, including eligibility requirements and nomination forms, is available on our iNACOL Innovator Awards page. Please submit a notice of your intent to nominate by 8 p.m. ET on August 31, 2018. Final nomination packages are due by 8 p.m. ET on September 7, 2018. Please send all intents to nominate and any questions to [email protected].
Join the Conversation about Supportive Policy for Education Innovation
You’re invited to join Susan Patrick, iNACOL’s president and CEO, and our policy team for an hour-long discussion about long-term policy approaches for personalized, competency-based education in the United States. We’re hosting a Special Edition Webinar on August 28, 2018 at 2 p.m. Eastern; here’s how to sign up for it. It’ll be helpful to read this recent report too.
Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based Education
A Year of Personalized Learning: Mistakes, Moving Furniture and Making It Work
Mike Elsen-Rooney, Hechinger Report
I’m a Principal Who Thinks Personalized Learning Shouldn’t Be a Debate.
Lisa Epstein Chalkbeat
What’s School Without Grade Levels?
Chris Berdik, Hechinger Report
4 Big Shifts That Can Personalize the Learning Journey
Sam Peterson, EdSurge
How to Prepare Students for the Unknowable
Adam Garry, eSchool News
How to Make the Most of the First 20 Days of Personalized Learning
Megan Huneck, Education Elements
TOOLKIT: Building Bridges to Big Dreams
Krista Sabados, Jobs for the Future
New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education DomainThreshold Concept: Building Capacity for Assessment Literacy in Personalized, Competency-Based Education
The lack of assessment literacy across the system is a major blind spot. Thus, building significant capacity for assessment literacy is needed to advance new competency-based approaches and address tough issues in our current system… Learn more.
Opportunities for Competency Education in the Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act
On July 23, Congress voted to pass a bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins Act) and on July 31, President Trump signed into law, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, providing states with the opportunity to advance competency-based pathways in career and technical education (CTE) programs.… Here's how.
Issue to Tackle for Certifying Learning: Redefining Student Success
Moving to a future state of an equitable K-12 education system requires that we consider and perhaps rethink what students need to know and be able to do to achieve success. It also requires that we set a vision and foundation for achieving success throughout the state education system. Here we dig into the second issue to tackle related to certifying learning: broadening the definition of student success… Read more.
Upcoming iNACOL EventsAugust Special Edition Webinar | Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education
August 28, 2018 | 2-3 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.
iNACOL Symposium 2018
October 21-24, 2018, Nashville, TN
Attendee registration is open.
iNACOL in the NewsThis Accelerator Seeks to Scale Equity in Schools by Mixing the Start-Up Mentality with Social Justice
Jenny Abamu, EdSurge
Caroline Hill is a firecracker. She keynoted the Blended Learning Conference in Rhode Island and iNACOL in Florida. At both events, she asked educators to challenge their notions of the use of technology in the classrooms and their conversations around equity.… Read more.
Chicago Principal: Personalized Learning Is 'Bottom Up and Teacher Led'
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive
Last month, iNACOL, and other partner organizations, released a "landscape scan" of personalized learning in the U.S., which points to rapid growth of K-12 schools and districts using various models since 2015.… Read more.
Where Can Districts Turn for Personalized Learning Resources?
Eli Zimmerman, EdTech
A new push for personalized learning has put competency-based education back on the map, however, with this new model of teaching to the individual, cost is becoming a major issue for school districts.… Read more.
Study: Personalized Learning Requires Proper Funding, Greater District Guidance
Amelia Harper, Education Dive
Another recent study on state funding strategies for innovation in education conducted by national education nonprofit iNACOL, revealed that, as of 2018, almost all states have a form of K-12 competency-based education policy and that 18 of those states have comprehensive policies designed to help districts get the resources they need to support personalized learning.… Read more.