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A Promise for Equitable Futures: Enabling Systems Change to Scale Educational and Economic Mobility Pathways

October 2020

Susan Patrick, Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Fund Innovation, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality, Support Professional Learning, Rethink Instruction, Activate Student Agency, Engage Community

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Education Policy Issues for the COVID-19 Era: Policy Actions and Responses to Leverage the Moment for Future Readiness

August 2020

Alexis Chambers, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Increase Access to Broadband, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Federal Policy Priorities to Accelerate Education Innovation

April 2020

Susan Patrick, Natalie Truong, Alexis Chambers

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

Report

How Systems of Assessments Aligned with Competency-Based Education Can Support Equity

January 2020

Carla Evans, Maria Worthen, Scott Marion

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity

Issue Brief

Transforming Teaching: What University Presidents and Deans of Colleges of Education Need to Know about Modernizing the K-12 Educator Workforce

December 2019

Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Modernize HEA, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

Report

Aligning Education Policy with the Science of Learning and Development

October 2019

Natalie Truong

Issues: Federal Policy, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Issue Brief

Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce: Federal Policy Recommendations for Professional Learning and Supporting Future-Focused, Competency-Based Education Systems

March 2019

Maria Worthen, Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Issue Brief

iNACOL 2019 Federal Policy Priorities

January 2019

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Leverage Career and Technical Education, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

Issue Brief

2019 State and Federal Policy Priorities

September 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Leverage Career and Technical Education, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

CompetencyWorks, Report

Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems

May 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

CompetencyWorks, Report

Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

April 2018

Chris Sturgis, Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Issue Brief

Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning

November 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

CompetencyWorks, Report

Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education

October 2017

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis, Nina Lopez

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Evaluate Quality

CompetencyWorks, Report

In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Personalized, Competency-Based Education

June 2017

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Report

Meeting The Every Student Succeeds Act’s Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning

October 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

Report

Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning

May 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Course Access: Providing Equitable Access to High-Quality Learning Opportunities

November 2015

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen

Issues: Federal Policy, Increase Access to Broadband, Issues in Practice

Report

The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015

November 2015

Maria Worthen

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

Report

Course Access: Equitable Opportunities for College and Career Ready Students

October 2014

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Leverage Career and Technical Education

CompetencyWorks, Report

Aligning K-12 Federal Policy with Competency Education

September 2014

CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

CompetencyWorks, Report

A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change

February 2014

Maria Worthen, Lillian Pace

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

Report

State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2012)

October 2012

Michael K. Barbour

Issues: Federal Policy, 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

Report

State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2011)

November 2011

Michael K. Barbour

Issues: Federal Policy, Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation

Report

Online and Blended Learning: A Survey of Policy and Practice from K-12 Schools Around the World

November 2011

Allison Powell, Chantal Ounsworth, Jeffrey Hunt, Kathryn Kennedy, Lisa Hasler Waters, Michael K. Barbour, Rebecca Hoey, Regina Brown, Trina Trimm

Issues: Federal Policy, Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

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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.