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State Policy Opportunities for Personalized Learning Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

November 2016. A recent iNACOL report, Meeting The Every Student Succeeds Act’s Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning, provides concrete, actionable recommendations for state policymakers to support the transformation of K-12 education to close learning gaps and address inequities in the system. View this archived webinar to explore the findings in this new report and hear state…

Author: Dale Frost, Maria Worthen

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Webinar


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

October 2016. Under the new federal K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have a historic opportunity to transform K-12 education toward personalized, student-centered learning. This law represents a marked shift in federal control to states, presenting state and local stakeholders with important opportunities and flexibilities to redefine student success and the goals of…


Promising State Policies to Advance Personalized Learning

September 2016. iNACOL published the report Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning to highlight specific state examples of promising policies to support and scale personalized, competency-based learning to close equity and achievement gaps. This executive summary outlines the policies in that report. What Is the Promise of Personalized Learning? Personalized learning can: Dramatically increase equity in education; Facilitate data-rich, powerful…


A Reflection on the Field of K-12 Competency-Based Education and Emerging Issues

September 2016. States, districts and schools across the United States are realizing the shortcomings of the traditional seat-time based K-12 system and demanding more for their students. As a result, many leaders and practitioners are making the shift to competency-based education and designing new, personalized learning opportunities to better prepare students for college and 21st-century careers. As…


Exploring Integrated Learning Systems to Optimize Student-Centered Learning

June 2016. Schools and districts across the United States are exploring new and powerful ways to redesign education around student-centered, transformative digital learning using competency education as an underpinning. Transforming schools and districts to student-centered learning (SCL) is a complex process. The transformation of educational systems is not scalable or sustainable without a focus on creating systematic…


Promising State Policies to Enable and Scale Personalized Learning

June 2016. What are the promising state policies to scale and enable personalized learning? How can policymakers develop and advance a coordinated set of policies that suits their state’s unique policy landscape and education system? The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents a historic opportunity for states to align policy environments to advance powerful,…

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

May 2016. Learn more about this research in our archived webinar on this report. This paper illustrates the technical requirements and functionalities that learning management systems need to shift toward student-centered instructional models. This comprehensive framework will help districts and schools determine what systems to use and integrate as they being their journey toward student-centered learning, as well as how…

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Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning

May 2016. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), ushered in a historic opportunity to rethink K-12 education across the country.3 The new law allows localities to create systems of assessments that meet students where they are in their learning by…


Powerful, Personalized PD for Teachers

May 2016. Next generation learning requires new methods, strategies and skills from educators. New models demand personalized professional development for teachers to prepare for the shift in pedagogy and practice.  This webinar highlighted educators sharing their own stories about the most powerful, personalized professional development to prepare for next generation learning models. Discover tips, tools and best…


What Is Competency-Based Education?

April 2016. Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. The concept behind competency education is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery of learning targets, rather than the number of hours spent in a classroom. By redesigning the education system around actual student learning, we will effectively…