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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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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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

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

Report, CompetencyWorks

The Art and Science of Designing Competencies

July 2012

Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Lead Change and Innovation, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Report

Classifying K-12 Blended Learning

May 2012

Heather Staker, Michael B. Horn

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

Report

Understanding the Implications of Online Learning for Educational Productivity

January 2012

Austin Lasseter, Linda Shear, Marianne Bakia, Yukie Toyama

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Issues in Practice

Report

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning, 9th Edition

January 2012

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

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

Book

Online and Blended Learning: Case Studies from K-12 Schools around the World

November 2011

Jeffrey Hunt, Lisa Hasler Waters, Michael K. Barbour, November 2011

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

Report

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

November 2011

Michael K. Barbour

Issue(s): 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

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

Report

Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2009-10

November 2011

Barbara Queen, Jared Coopersmith, Laurie Lewis

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

Report

The Online Learning Definitions Project

October 2011

iNACOL

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

Report

iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses (v2)

October 2011

iNACOL

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

Report

iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (v2)

October 2011

iNACOL

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

Report

It’s Not a Matter of Time: Highlights from the 2011 Competency-Based Summit

July 2011

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis, Linda Pittenger

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Lead Change and Innovation

Report

Cracking the Code: Synchronizing Policy and Practice for Performance-Based Learning

July 2011

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning

January 2011

Heather Staker, Michael B. Horn

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

Report

10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning

December 2010

Bob Wise, Jeb Bush

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

Report

Going Virtual! The Status of Professional Development and Unique Needs of K-12 Online Teachers

November 2010

Glori Hinck, Kerry Rice, Lisa Dawley

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

Report

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

November 2010

Matthew Wicks

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

Book

Lessons Learned from Virtual Schools: Experiences and Recommendations from the Field

November 2010

Cathy Cavanaugh, Richard E. Ferdig

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

Report

When Success is the Only Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning

November 2010

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

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

Report

Goals, Guidelines and Standards for Student Scientific Investigations

August 2010

Allison Powell, John Adsit, Kemi Jona

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality, 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.