Assessments and Grading for Teachers in K-12 Competency-Based Systems

Schools and districts are making the transition to competency-based education to create a more equitable system that gives all students the skills they need for postsecondary life. Competency-based systems of assessment provide rich, ongoing opportunities for students to develop a growth mindset. This webinar provides answers to questions such as: How do teachers design and […]

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Design Principles for World-Class Project-Based Learning

How can teachers implement transformative project-based learning (PBL) experiences that empower and motivate students to achieve academic, career and personal success? View this archived webinar to learn how to integrate PBL to promote powerful, personalized learning opportunities for every student. Learn the critical design principles behind world-class PBL to capture student interest and connect learning experiences […]

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

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 […]

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Instructional Tools for Personalized Learning: Insights from a Student and Superintendent

Personalized learning systems accelerate and deepen learning by tailoring instruction to each student’s individual needs, skills, and interests. Students have a variety of rich learning experiences that collectively will prepare them for success in the college and career of their choice. How can teachers create a classroom environment that enables student voice and choice, deeper […]

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Rethinking Systems of Assessments and Building Educator Capacity

The new federal K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), presents states with historic opportunities to increase flexibility around systems of assessments and educator development systems. By taking advantage of these new flexibilities, states can transform K-12 education toward personalized, student-centered learning. What can these new systems of assessments look like under ESSA, […]

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

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 […]

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

This paper explores K-12 competency-based education policy and practice across six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. This paper explores the core concepts of competency education, detailing the limitations of the traditional system, and how competency education is designed explicitly for equity and student success. Author Chris Sturgis then dives […]

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

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 […]

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Key Takeaways and Lessons Learned from Next Generation Learning Models

Next generation learning models redesign K-12 education to optimize learning for each student. New models are emerging and developing throughout schools and districts across the country, and leaders are searching for promising practices and lessons learned in shifting from traditional K-12 systems to next generation learning models. What are the key trends driving next generation […]

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