A Conversation with the 2015 iNACOL National Blended & Online Learning Teacher of the Year

Paula Barr, a second grade teacher with Quail Run School, Lawrence Public Schools (KS) was recently honored as the 2015 Blended & Online Teacher of the Year at the iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Symposium, held in Orlando, Florida. In this webinar, Paula shared her perspective on how blended and online teaching improves student engagement, […]

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The Every Student Succeeds Act—How Will the New Federal K-12 Education Law Support Personalized Learning?

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Congress passed a bill that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The education law, called The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) would replace No Child Left Behind and holds significant implications for the field of K-12 education. The bill gives states flexibility to redesign assessments for student-centered learning, to […]

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Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning Special Webinar

Keeping Pace has been tracking trends in online and blended learning policy and practice for 12 years. In this webinar, John Watson with the Evergreen Education Group and Maria Worthen, iNACOL Vice President for Federal and State Policy, presented the latest findings published in the 2015 report related to online schools, supplemental online programs, district activity, […]

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Stories, Policies, and Resources

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is working to advance the understanding, adoption and implementation of open educational resources (OER) practices at state and district levels.  This research represents the second phase of a 2014 initiative designed to explore the state of development and dissemination of OER, teaching materials licensed for free use […]

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The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015

The iNACOL Federal Policy Frameworks 2015 provides specific policy recommendations to close persistent learning gaps, improve equity and dramatically increase student achievement. This policy brief provides concrete, actionable recommendations on eight key issues: Redesign assessment around student-centered learning. Rethink accountability for continuous improvement of next generation learning models. Modernize educator and leadership development. Make personalized learning […]

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The iNACOL State Policy Frameworks 2015: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education

This policy brief highlights opportunities for states to close achievement gaps and enable highly personalized pathways, and provides concrete, actionable recommendations for state policymakers around five key issues: Create Competency-Based Education Systems Improve Student Access and Equity Ensure Quality with Standards and Performance Metrics Modernize Educator and Leader Development Build New Learning Models Infrastructure This […]

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

Course Access provides public school students with expanded course offerings across learning environments from diverse, accountable providers. It is a statewide program through which students can gain equitable access to a variety of courses in a programmatic effort to increase access, quality and equity in public education. School counselors work with students to identify courses that are academically appropriate […]

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Supporting and Sustaining Blended Learning Throughout the Year

How can educators ensure that learning is sustained throughout the year? In this Teacher Talk webinar, a panel of experienced teachers offered strategies on how to ensure that the excitement for blended learning that existed at the start of the school year is sustained throughout. The presenters represented organizations at different stages of implementation as […]

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