The Journey Toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In an open message to well-intentioned but critical allies, Dr. King wrote the stirring and prophetic Letter from Birmingham Jail, imploring proponents of civil rights to not wait and let change happen in due course. Rather, it was his responsibility as a leader to impart urgency, spark conversation and encourage action.
Reading his message many years ago ignited a flame in me, and it serves as a constant source of inspiration for the work that we do at iNACOL. We are on a mission to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. As a leader, with a platform that others in our field look to for support, we see it as our responsibility to be explicit about our commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). And it is a fitting time to reflect on our journey to do this work externally for the field of personalized, competency-based education, to effect systems change in education writ large, and, to internally reckon this priority with our staff.
iNACOL Symposium 2019: A Primer on Submitting Your Proposal to Present
Interested in presenting at the iNACOL Symposium in 2019? Before getting started with the brainstorming process to create session topics and presentations, iNACOL is sharing key points that will help your session stand out. There are many ways to design sessions that will generate meaningful collaboration, foster engagement, and share knowledge. For the upcoming iNACOL Symposium Request for Proposal (RFP) process, it is key to include how you plan to incorporate interactivity with, and among, attendees in your RFP submission. Join this webinar on Feb. 4, 2019 at 3 p.m. Eastern to learn about the Symposium RFP process, gain insight to the tips and tricks to getting proposals selected to present, and ways to improve interactivity in your session.
Policymakers need to ensure the nation’s education systems are fit for purpose, equity-driven, capable of preparing all students – rather than only a portion – to graduate with the knowledge, abilities and dispositions necessary to achieve success, contribute to their communities and advance society. We've published a set of recommendations reflecting our policy priorities and goals for 2019.
We seek a policy associate who is responsive, organized, highly motivated and mission-driven and who is an excellent writer and self-starter. Our ideal candidate has a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the major policy issues facing K-12 education, is an adept project manager, and has interacted with high-level officials. Click below for more details.
Vermont and New Hampshire’s Creative Approach to Funding Education Transformation
Forty-eight states have done the work of creating space in policy for schools and districts to shift toward more innovative and student-centered learning models. As these new models take hold, interested policymakers and school district leaders are more frequently consulting us on the question of how to fund them. Two New England states — Vermont and New Hampshire — both model the power of leveraging partnerships and existing state resources, along with creative strategies to incorporate new sources of funding.
Featured Resource: Competency-Based Education, Defined
As a rapidly growing and evolving field, competency-based education continues to gain greater awareness and interest as education leaders seek to transform learning environments around the country. We are frequently asked for resources to help school leaders and policymakers understand what’s possible with education innovation. One of the most important resources is a definition of competency-based education, field tested and regularly reviewed by experts in the field. With our CompetencyWorks initiative, we developed and fine-tuned a five-part working definition of competency education in 2011 and later published this blog to contribute to overall understanding, dispel misconceptions, close communications gaps and advance the field. This blog also helps readers distinguish personalized learning and its relationship to competency education. You’re welcome to read and share with those in your networks who’ve asked where to start when it comes to educational transformation.
The iNACOL Center for Policy Advocacy leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective personalized learning models toward the goals of high quality, equity, access and dramatically improving student learning to close the achievement gap and ensure every student has access to high-quality, world-class learning opportunities.
CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. Bookmark this resource and check often for frequent updates.
Working collaboratively with diverse experts in the field, iNACOL produces reports, books, policy briefs, blog posts, webinars and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next generation learning models. Use our web-based library to freely access and share materials.