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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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Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Personalized Learning

March 2016

Susan Gentz, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015

November 2015

Maria Worthen

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

Report

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

November 2015

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): 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

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation

Report

iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework

October 2014

Allison Powell, Beth Rabbitt, Kathryn Kennedy

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

Report

Course Access: Equitable Opportunities for College and Career Ready Students

October 2014

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Leverage Career and Technical Education

CompetencyWorks, Report

An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014

Susan Patrick, Sara Frank Bristow

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

Report

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

October 2014

Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Issue(s): State Policy, Fund Innovation, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report

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

October 2014

Lillian Pace, Maria Worthen

Issue(s): State Policy, Develop Educator Capacity

Report

Access and Equity for All Learners in Blended and Online Education

October 2014

Raymond Rose

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Commit to Equity

Report, CompetencyWorks

Aligning K-12 State Policy with Competency Education

September 2014

CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Issue(s): State Policy, Create Enabling Conditions for Competency-Based Education

Report, CompetencyWorks

Aligning K-12 Federal Policy with Competency Education

September 2014

CompetencyWorks, iNACOL

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

CompetencyWorks, Report

A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change

February 2014

Maria Worthen, Lillian Pace

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Design for Educational Equity

Report, CompetencyWorks

Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education

January 2014

Chris Sturgis

Issue(s): Issues in Practice, Create Balanced Systems of Assessments

Report

A Roadmap for Implementation of Blended Learning at the School Level: A Case Study of the iLearnNYC Lab Schools

October 2013

Bruce Friend, Allison Powell, Rob Darrow

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

Report

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning, 10th Edition

October 2013

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

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

Report

Transforming K-12 Rural Education through Blended Learning: Barriers and Promising Practices

October 2013

Eric Kellerer, Eric Werth, Lori Werth

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

Report

Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education

October 2013

Susan Patrick, Allison Powell, Kathryn Kennedy

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

Report

Partnering for Success: A 21st Century Model for Teacher Preparation

October 2013

Bryan Zugelder, Dazhi Yang, Dean Goon, Dina Vyortkina, Janet Zajac, Kathryn Kennedy, Kerry Rice, Leanna Archambault, Michael Barbour, Michael Hynes, Robin Parent

Issue(s): 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.