Lessons Learned in Teacher Mentoring: Supporting Educators in K-12 Online Learning Environments

This report provides a detailed look at how mentoring occurs in various virtual school business models. All 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have supplemental and/or full-time K-12 online programs, and teacher mentoring structures exist in many of these. The mentoring strategies vary based on specific school criteria. For example, if the […]

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iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework

This report includes the key competencies and effective practices of teachers in successful blended learning environments? This research identifies 12 key competencies, organized into 4 larger domains: mindsets, qualities, adaptive skills, and technical skills. This tool is helpful for educators to understand their evolving role in blended learning environments, and it offers insights into the knowledge, skills […]

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

This paper provides a scan of the literature to expand the knowledge base for the field of online, blended, and competency-based education. The goal of the paper is to explain the nuances of key terms used across the field of K-12 education related to personalized, blended and competency education, and how the ideas integrate in order […]

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

This report studies the best practices necessary to rethink the skills, methods and pedagogical evolution that teacher education must address. If we are to ensure great teachers are trained, mentored and retained for our students — the programs themselves must emulate 21st century skills. The examples found in this report have unique elements and frameworks […]

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iNACOL Research Agenda

iNACOL publishes a research agenda on an ongoing basis to continue its work in field-building, capacity-building and knowledge-building. Based on a 2013 survey of the field to identify research needs, iNACOL developed a research approach, including the following: Build a collaborative research agenda, including: field experts, the iNACOL Research Committee, the iNACOL Research Special Interest […]

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Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning

In this webinar, presenters provide an overview of the Research Clearinghouse resources for K-12 Blended and Online Learning, guiding users through the searching and navigation features of the website. In August, partners iNACOL and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute launched the Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning. This resource is designed to house the […]

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Online Teacher Support Programs: Mentoring and Coaching Models

Several virtual schools portray the mentoring structures they have implemented to assist their new online teachers. Each school’s mentoring program is unique – designed specifically for the school’s staff, size, and instructional approach. These schools learned that successful mentoring programs are key in developing effective novice virtual teachers, as well as supporting the continued growth […]

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Online and Blended Learning: A Survey of Policy and Practice from K-12 Schools Around the World

In 2006, iNACOL conducted its first international survey, titled An International Perspective of K-12 Online Learning: A Summary of the 2006 NACOL International E-Learning Survey. Since the growth of online and blended learning has grown at an annual rate of over 30% for the past 10 years across the United States, iNACOL responded to requests […]

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