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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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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

Report, CompetencyWorks

An Introduction to the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education

June 2017

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report, CompetencyWorks

Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education (DRAFT June 2017)

June 2017

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong, Susan Patrick

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

Report, CompetencyWorks

In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System

June 2017

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, Evaluate Quality

Report, CompetencyWorks

In Pursuit of Equality: A Framework for Equity Strategies in Personalized, Competency-Based Education

June 2017

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity, Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Report

What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities

February 2017

Bruce Friend, Susan Patrick, Carri Schneider, Tom Vander Ark

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

Report, CompetencyWorks

Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England

October 2016

Chris Sturgis

Issues: State Policy, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education, Issues in Practice, Learn Lessons from the Field

Report

Meeting The Every Student Succeeds Act’s Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning

October 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, Create Space to Pilot Systems of Assessments

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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

Report

Student-Centered Learning: Functional Requirements for Integrated Systems to Optimize Learning

May 2016

Elizabeth Glowa, Jim Goodell

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

Report

Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning

May 2016

Dale Frost, Maria Worthen, Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA, State Policy, Build Balanced Systems of Assessments, Create Pilots and Innovation Zones, 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

Report, CompetencyWorks

Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016

Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started, Learn Lessons from the Field

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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

Report

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

The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015

November 2015

Maria Worthen

Issues: Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

Report

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

November 2015

Issues: 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

Issues: 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

Issues: 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

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

Report, CompetencyWorks

Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015

Susan Patrick, Chris Sturgis

Issues: Issues in Practice, How to Get Started

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

Report

iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework

October 2014

Allison Powell, Beth Rabbitt, Kathryn Kennedy

Issues: Issues in Practice, Support Professional Learning

Report

Course Access: Equitable Opportunities for College and Career Ready Students

October 2014

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issues: Federal Policy, Leverage Career and Technical Education

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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.