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The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2015: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education

November 2015

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

Performance-Based Funding & Online Learning: Maximizing Resources for Student Success

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Amanda Brown, John Myers, John Watson, Justin Silverstein

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

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The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education

October 2014

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

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Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

October 2014

Lillian Pace, Maria Worthen

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity

CompetencyWorks, Report

Aligning K-12 State Policy with Competency Education

September 2014

CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Fast Facts about Online Learning

October 2013

iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation, Issues in Practice

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OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing

June 2013

Susan Patrick, TJ Bliss

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

Blended Learning: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Tech-Assisted Teaching

April 2013

Laura Vanderkam

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

CompetencyWorks, Report

Necessary for Success: A State Policymaker’s Guide to Competency Education

February 2013

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Issue Brief

Statement of Principles for Model Legislation in States

July 2012

iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

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

Report

NACSA Viewpoint: Authorizing Online Learning

August 2011

Susan Patrick,

Issues: State Policy, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Fund Innovation

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

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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

Issue Brief

K-12 Online Learning: A Smart Investment NOW More than Ever

June 2011

iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

Clearing the Path: Creating Innovation Space for Serving Over-Age, Under-Credited Students in Competency-Based Pathways

December 2010

Susan Patrick, Bob Rath, Chris Sturgis, Ephraim Weisstein

Issues: State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2010)

November 2010

Michael K. Barbour

Issues: Federal Policy, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity

Report

Wichita Public Schools’ Learning Centers

March 2010

Katherine Mackey

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones

Report

Promising Practices in Online Learning: Funding and Policy Frameworks for Online Learning

July 2009

Butch Gemin, John Watson

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada (2008)

October 2008

Michael K. Barbour, Robin Stewart

Issues: State Policy, Issues in Practice

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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.