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Working collaboratively with experts in the field, we publish reports and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next-generation learning models.
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iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses (v2)

October 2011

iNACOL

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

Promising Practices in Online Learning: Blended Learning – The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Face Education

January 2008

John Watson

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Report

A National Primer on K-12 Online Learning (1st Edition)

May 2007

John Watson

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

Using Online Learning for Credit Recovery: Getting Back on Track to Graduation

September 2015

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, Verena Roberts

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Report

Promising Practices in Online Learning: Funding and Policy Frameworks for Online Learning

July 2009

Butch Gemin, John Watson

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

Promising Practices in Online Learning: Using Online Learning for At-Risk Students and Credit Recovery

June 2008

Butch Gemin, John Watson

Issues: Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Activate Student Agency

Report

Promising Practices in Online Learning: A Parent’s Guide to Choosing the Right Online Program

February 2010

Butch Gemin, John Watson, Marla Coffey

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Engage Community

Report

Promising Practices in Online Learning: Management and Operations of Online Programs

April 2009

Butch Gemin, John Watson

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

Promising Practices in Online Learning: Socialization in Online Programs

September 2008

Butch Gemin, John Watson

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Activate Student Agency

Report

A National Primer on K-12 Online Learning (2nd Edition)

November 2010

Matthew Wicks

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

NACSA Viewpoint: Authorizing Online Learning

August 2011

Susan Patrick,

Issues: State Policy, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Fund Innovation

Issue Brief

Fast Facts about Online Learning

October 2013

iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation, Issues in Practice

Report

Online Learning: Top 5 Federal Policy Issues

March 2012

iNACOL

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

Issue Brief

Sorting Through Online Learning Options: A Guide for Parents

January 2009

iNACOL

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Engage Community

Report

A Summary of Research on the Effectiveness of K-12 Online Learning

August 2009

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

Class Connections: High School Reform and the Role of Online Learning

August 2010

Anthony G. Picciano, Jeff Seaman

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2010)

November 2010

Michael K. Barbour

Issues: Federal Policy, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity

Report

Professional Development for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning

November 2007

Niki Davis, Raymond M. Rose

Issues: Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Report

The Online Learning Definitions Project

October 2011

iNACOL

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Issue Brief

K-12 Online Learning: A Smart Investment NOW More than Ever

June 2011

iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2008)

October 2008

Michael K. Barbour, Robin Stewart

Issues: State Policy, Issues in Practice

Report

Understanding the Implications of Online Learning for Educational Productivity

January 2012

Austin Lasseter, Linda Shear, Marianne Bakia, Yukie Toyama

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice

Book

Lessons Learned in Teacher Mentoring: Supporting Educators in K-12 Online Learning Environments

October 2012

Kathryn Kennedy, Leanna Archambault

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

Performance-Based Funding & Online Learning: Maximizing Resources for Student Success

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Amanda Brown, John Myers, John Watson, Justin Silverstein

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

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Over the last two decades, the Aurora Institute has driven the transformation toward student-centered, next-generation learning for K-12 education. During that time, the Aurora Institute published more than 200 reports and webinars in support of these efforts.