Modernizing the Teaching Workforce for Learner-Centered, Competency-Based, Equity-Oriented Education: State Policy Recommendations

This issue brief highlights state policy opportunities to create a shared vision to modernize professional learning for educators in a K-12, competency-based education system. Educators will be prepared for a future-focused profession that better meets the 21st-century demands of student learning and workforce needs. In it, we make five recommendations to leverage the unique role […]

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Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce: Federal Policy Recommendations for Professional Learning and Supporting Future-Focused, Competency-Based Education Systems

This issue brief highlights federal policy opportunities to improve and modernize professional learning and development for educators for competency-based education systems. Three policy recommendations are identified: diversifying pathways into the teaching profession, catalyzing innovation to redesign teacher preparation, and developing meaningful systems of assessments and evaluation. The brief also articulates specific policy actions for each […]

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iNACOL 2019 Federal Policy Priorities

This brief provides analysis of federal policy changes needed toward a long-range vision to transform education and ensure our nation’s education systems prepare all students with the skills necessary to achieve success, contribute to their communities and advance society.   Our policy priorities are intentionally constructed to support future-focused states and localities moving forward from […]

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iNACOL 2019 State Policy Priorities

This brief provides analysis of state policy changes needed toward a long-range vision to transform education and ensure our nation’s education systems prepare all students with the skills necessary to achieve success, contribute to their communities and advance society.   Our policy priorities are intentionally constructed to support future-focused states and localities moving forward from […]

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Executive Summary: Current to Future State-Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

In January 2018, iNACOL published Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning to provide state policymakers with a set of action steps to drive transformation of education systems for the long-term. These policy actions are designed to ensure that every student graduates with the knowledge, abilities […]

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Innovation Zones: Creating Policy Flexibility for Competency-Based Personalized Learning (updated August 2018)

This issue brief describes what innovation zones are, why they are important and highlights how the following seven states/localities have approached their innovation zones statutes and regulations: Arkansas Colorado Kentucky Minnesota Mississippi New York City North Dakota Innovation zones or districts of innovation help state policy leaders identify outdated policies and regulations that may get […]

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Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

To build a vision for coherent, student-centered systems — and to encourage all stakeholders to take ownership of education innovation — we must take the long view in our approach to state policy. The work begins with unpacking brave new ideas about education, piece by piece, so that policymakers understand each issue that must be […]

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State Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation

This issue brief highlights case studies and action steps for policymakers to deepen their understanding of state funding strategies to support innovation in K-12 education. In order for public schools and districts to effectively plan, launch and scale high-quality, innovative learning models, a focused approach to funding statewide initiatives and for building educator capacity is of […]

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Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

Readiness for college, career and life should be a core purpose of K-12 education. As we shift from an industrial to a knowledge economy, the future workforce will need intellectual and creative capacities to solve problems and collaborate in an increasingly complex world. States and local communities have an opportunity to rethink the definition of […]

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