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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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Classifying K-12 Blended Learning

May 2012

Heather Staker, Michael B. Horn

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

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

January 2012

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

Issues: 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

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

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

Issues: 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

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

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

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

iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (v2)

October 2011

iNACOL

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Support Professional Learning

Report

iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses (v2)

October 2011

iNACOL

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

The Online Learning Definitions Project

October 2011

iNACOL

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

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

July 2011

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

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

Report

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

July 2011

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis, Linda Pittenger

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

Report

The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning

January 2011

Heather Staker, Michael B. Horn

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Rethink Instruction

Report

10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning

December 2010

Bob Wise, Jeb Bush

Issues: 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

Issues: Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Report

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

November 2010

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: 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

Issues: Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

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

November 2010

Matthew Wicks

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

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

Goals, Guidelines and Standards for Student Scientific Investigations

August 2010

Allison Powell, John Adsit, Kemi Jona

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

Report

An Exploration of At-Risk Learners and Online Education

April 2010

Cathy Cavanaugh, Daryl Diamond, Denise Foures-Aalbu, Donna Scribner, Jared Richardson, Leanna Archambault, Marla Coffey, Michael K. Barbour, Regina Brown, Vassliki Zygouris-Coe

Issues: Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity, Rethink Instruction

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

State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2009)

November 2009

Michael K. Barbour

Issues: Federal Policy, Issues in Practice

Report

iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Programs

October 2009

Liz Pape, Matthew Wicks

Issues: Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

Report

Examining Communication and Interaction in Online Teaching

September 2009

Allison Powell, Amy Scheick, Cathy Cavanaugh, Daryl Diamond, Donna Scribner, Julia Van der Molen, Michael K. Barbour, Raymond M. Rose, Regina Brown, Susan Lowes

Issues: Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

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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.