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Future Focused State Policy Actions to Transform K-12 Education

April 2020

Susan Patrick, Natalie Truong, Alexis Chambers

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Base Learning on Mastery, not Seat Time, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

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Federal Policy Priorities to Accelerate Education Innovation

April 2020

Susan Patrick, Natalie Truong, Alexis Chambers

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Design for Educational Equity, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

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Transforming Teaching: What University Presidents and Deans of Colleges of Education Need to Know about Modernizing the K-12 Educator Workforce

December 2019

Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Modernize HEA, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

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Modernizing the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education: State Policy Recommendations

July 2019

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Katherine Casey

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

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Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce: Federal Policy Recommendations for Professional Learning and Supporting Future-Focused, Competency-Based Education Systems

March 2019

Maria Worthen, Katherine Casey

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce, Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

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iNACOL 2019 State Policy Priorities

January 2019

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Create Meaningful Qualifications, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement

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iNACOL 2019 Federal Policy Priorities

January 2019

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Leverage Career and Technical Education, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

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2019 State and Federal Policy Priorities

September 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Modernize HEA, Increase Access to Broadband, Leverage Career and Technical Education, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Redefine Student Success, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

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Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Competency-Based Personalized Learning (updated August 2018)

August 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong

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

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State Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation

June 2018

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

Issue Brief

State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

February 2018

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity

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Rethinking State Accountability to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning in K-12 Education

December 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redesign Accountability Systems for Continuous Improvement, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments

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Redefining Student Success: Profile of a Graduate

November 2017

Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

Issues: State Policy, Redefine Student Success

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Redesigning Systems of Assessments for Student-Centered Learning

November 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments, State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Issue Brief

State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education

August 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen

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

Issue Brief

Promising State Policies to Advance Personalized Learning

September 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

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

Issue Brief

Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Personalized Learning

March 2016

Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

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

Issue Brief

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

November 2015

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen

Issues: Federal Policy, Increase Access to Broadband, Issues in Practice

Issue Brief

Fast Facts about Online Learning

October 2013

iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation, Issues in Practice

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

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

June 2011

iNACOL

Issues: State Policy, Fund Innovation

Issue Brief

What Can Congress and the Federal Government Do to Promote Quality Online Learning Opportunity for All Students?

August 2009

iNACOL

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

Issue Brief

Sorting Through Online Learning Options: A Guide for Parents

January 2009

iNACOL

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Engage Community

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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.