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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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CompetencyWorks, Report

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework

October 2014

Allison Powell, Beth Rabbitt, Kathryn Kennedy

Issues: Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Report, CompetencyWorks

An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014

Susan Patrick, Sara Frank Bristow

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

Access and Equity for All Learners in Blended and Online Education

October 2014

Raymond Rose

Issues: Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Report, CompetencyWorks

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education

January 2014

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Report

Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education

October 2013

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, Kathryn Kennedy

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning, 10th Edition

October 2013

Amy Murin, Butch Gemin, Chris Rapp, John Watson, Lauren Vashaw

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

A Roadmap for Implementation of Blended Learning at the School Level: A Case Study of the iLearnNYC Lab Schools

October 2013

Bruce Friend, Allison Powell, Rob Darrow

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Issue Brief

Fast Facts about Online Learning

October 2013

iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation, Issues in Practice

Report

iNACOL Research Agenda

October 2013

Kathryn Kennedy

Issues: Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Support Professional Learning, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

iNACOL’s New Learning Models Vision

October 2013

Allison Powell

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Report

Partnering for Success: A 21st Century Model for Teacher Preparation

October 2013

Bryan Zugelder, Dazhi Yang, Dean Goon, Dina Vyortkina, Janet Zajac, Kathryn Kennedy, Kerry Rice, Leanna Archambault, Michael Barbour, Michael Hynes, Robin Parent

Issues: Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Report

Transforming K-12 Rural Education through Blended Learning: Barriers and Promising Practices

October 2013

Eric Kellerer, Eric Werth, Lori Werth

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

RETHINK: Planning and Designing for K-12 Next Generation Learning

June 2013

Dave Edwards

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

OER and Collaborative Content Development

June 2013

Susan Patrick, DeLaina Tonks, TJ Bliss

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive?: An Introduction of the Theory of Hybrids

May 2013

Clayton M. Christensen, Heather Staker, Michael B. Horn

Issues: Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation

CompetencyWorks, Report

The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment

March 2013

Chris Sturgis, Laura Shubilla

Issues: Issues in Practice, Activate Student Agency

Report, CompetencyWorks

Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education

February 2013

Susan Patrick, Liz Glowa

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning, 11th Edition

November 2012

Amy Murin, Butch Gemin, John Watson, Larry Pape, Lauren Vashaw

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

Measuring Quality from Inputs to Outcomes: Creating Student Learning Performance Metrics and Quality Assurance for Online Schools

October 2012

Susan Patrick, David Edwards, John Watson, Matthew Wicks

Issues: Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Report

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

October 2012

Michael K. Barbour

Issues: Federal Policy, Issues in Practice

Book

Lessons Learned from Blended Programs: Experiences and Recommendations from the Field

October 2012

Cathy Cavanaugh, Joseph R. Freidhoff, Richard E. Ferdig

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

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

Blended Learning in Practice: Introduction to Case Studies from Leading Schools

September 2012

Brad Bernatek, Jeffrey Cohen, John Hanlon, Matthew Wilka

Issues: Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

The Art and Science of Designing Competencies

July 2012

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

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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.