iNACOL Announces Capitol Hill Forum on Competency-Based Education
You are invited to join iNACOL and the American Youth Policy Forum on Friday, March 22, 2019, for a Capitol Hill forum, Competency-Based Education: Promising Policies and Practices for the Future of K-12 Education.
Educators and school districts across the globe are designing modern approaches to teaching and learning that focus on every child achieving mastery through competency-based education (CBE). CBE systems are designed to build the knowledge and skills students need for future success. CBE systems provide students with powerful, personalized learning experiences that are responsive in ensuring all students are prepared for their futures. Instead of ranking and sorting students with variable amounts of learning, such systems are designed to build agency and prepare all students for postsecondary and workforce success by helping them to develop and master key skills for the challenges they will face in the future.
How can policymakers examine whether the K-12 educational system in the United States is “fit for purpose” and support the goals of preparing every student for future success in the workforce, as well as in their personal and professional lives? By bringing together national experts and state and district leaders, this forum will highlight the growth of CBE in state policy, the benefits of CBE, and promising practices taking hold around the country. CBE also enables opportunities for states to align K-12 education with postsecondary education systems and the workforce. This forum will examine federal policy opportunities to advance CBE in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Panelists will include:
Susan Patrick, President and Chief Executive Officer, iNACOL
Maria Worthen, Vice President for Federal & State Policy, iNACOL
Bill Zima, Superintendent of Schools, Regional School Unit 2, Maine
Kelly Brady, Director, Instructional Support for Student-Centered Learning, Idaho State Department of Education
Latoya Dixon, Director, Office of School Transformation, South Carolina Department of Education
Funding to Advance New Learning Models in Idaho and Georgia
In a series of blogs, we are exploring how states are approaching the resourcing of education transformation. Idaho and Georgia are two exemplars that have developed funding strategies to advance new learning models including mastery-based and personalized learning. These programs have provided an opportunity for successful implementation in each state.
The Deadline to Submit an iNACOL Symposium Presentation Proposal Is March 8, 2019
iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium — to be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California on October 28-31, 2019. This year’s theme is: Shining a Light on the Future of Learning. For tips on submitting your presentation proposal, we have an archived webinar that explains the RFP process and timeline for proposal selection, and highlights ways to design interactive sessions that generate meaningful collaboration and foster engagement. In addition, this blog answers frequently asked questions about the Symposium and the process for submitting a proposal.
Frequently Asked Questions about Submitting a Proposal to Present at #iNACOL19
Through March 8, 2019, we are seeking presentation proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based learning environments, drawing on participant experiences and promoting dialogue and exchange. Across the various presentation formats and strands, we also encourage presentation proposals that target specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature. Following is a list of frequently asked questions about submitting presentation proposals for the iNACOL Symposium 2019.
States Can Apply for New Federal Funding to Support Innovative Assessments through the $17.6M Competitive Grants for State Assessments Program at USED
The U.S. Department of Education (USED) is inviting states to apply for fiscal year 2019 Competitive Grants for State Assessments, a federal program that can be used by states to support innovative systems of assessments under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Competitive Grants for State Assessments program replaced the Enhanced Assessment Grants program when Congress passed ESSA.
Featured Resource: The Purpose of K-12 Public Education Today
K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a critical point in its evolution. Effective education is necessary to truly prepare students for success. In this blog, Chris Sturgis analyzes the current purpose of K-12 education and how the implementation of effective new models can foster true whole-child success for each and every student.
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.
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