iNACOL is a nonprofit organization with the mission to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning.
iNACOL is the leading advocate for transforming learning.
We leverage the power of competency-based, blended and online learning models to accelerate the shift to personalized, student-centered learning.
By removing learning from the confines of a physical classroom, online learning helps to address the education system’s most critical challenges by increasing access to courses, improving equity and leveling the playing field for students.
Combining both traditional brick-and-mortar and online instruction, teachers create multiple pathways for student success. Students have some element of control in the time, place, path, and/or pace of learning.
Competencies are defined by explicit learning objectives that empower students. Students receive timely, differentiated support, and they advance by demonstrating evidence with meaningful assessments via mastery, not seat time.
Personalized learning opens student pathways, optimizes instruction, and encourages student voice and choice in their education. Data-rich personal learning plans inform student-centered instruction and progression upon mastery.
WHAT WE DO
iNACOL drives the global transformation of K-12 education, providing policy advocacy, publishing quality standards and catalyzing new opportunities for anytime, anywhere personalized learning.
New Learning Models
Through research, knowledge sharing, and advocacy, iNACOL catalyzes the awareness of the vision of next generation learning models. New learning models have the potential to dramatically improve student outcomes by providing high-quality, scalable education opportunities. These models optimize and personalize education, ultimately improving access and equity for all students.
iNACOL transforms the policy landscape to promote better policies and practices to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences. iNACOL conducts research, assesses policy barriers, provides recommendations, writes model language, issues briefs, and develops advocacy plans to support new learning models and remove barriers to educational innovation.
iNACOL convenes and engages diverse educators through field-building and knowledge-sharing best practices. As the hub for student-centered, personalized learning, iNACOL promotes collegial knowledge sharing and advocates for education systems transformation. Our members serve as a hub of education innovators on the leading edge of education transformation.
National Quality Standards
iNACOL publishes National Quality Standards for courses, schools and programs. The field needs updated quality standards and criteria for program design and evaluation, educator preparation, course reviews, and new models for staffing and funding to ensure adequacy and quality. iNACOL Standards provide the field with a quality framework to ensure that only high-quality learning opportunities are available to all students.
Research & Resources
iNACOL researches and shares promising practices shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online education. By working collaboratively with practitioners and experts, iNACOL publishes reports to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning.
We support the largest active community of innovative practitioners transforming the future of learning.