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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

Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016

Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Learn Lessons from the Field

Issue Brief

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

November 2015

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Increase Access to Broadband, Issues in Practice

Report

Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning, 12th Edition

November 2015

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

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

September 2015

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, Verena Roberts

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Report

Blending Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008–2015

July 2015

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, John Watson, Jonathan Oglesby, Laura Hibbard, Leslie Fetzer, Michael Horn, Patrick Staley, Su Verma

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015

Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation, Learn Lessons from the Field, Engage Community

CompetencyWorks, Report

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework

October 2014

Allison Powell, Beth Rabbitt, Kathryn Kennedy

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Report

Access and Equity for All Learners in Blended and Online Education

October 2014

Raymond Rose

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

CompetencyWorks, Report

An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014

Susan Patrick, Sara Frank Bristow

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report, CompetencyWorks

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education

January 2014

Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Issue Brief

Fast Facts about Online Learning

October 2013

iNACOL

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation, Issues in Practice

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

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

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

October 2013

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

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

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

October 2013

Eric Kellerer, Eric Werth, Lori Werth

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

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

October 2013

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, Kathryn Kennedy

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

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

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Report

iNACOL’s New Learning Models Vision

October 2013

Allison Powell

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Rethink Instruction

Report

iNACOL Research Agenda

October 2013

Kathryn Kennedy

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

Report

OER and Collaborative Content Development

June 2013

Susan Patrick, DeLaina Tonks, TJ Bliss

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

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

June 2013

Dave Edwards

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation

Report, CompetencyWorks

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

March 2013

Chris Sturgis, Laura Shubilla

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Activate Student Agency

Report, CompetencyWorks

Re-Engineering Information Technology: Design Considerations for Competency Education

February 2013

Susan Patrick, Liz Glowa

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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.