You Are Invited to Submit a Presentation Proposal for the 2019 iNACOL Symposium
iNACOL is now accepting proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, to be held October 28-31, 2019 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. This year's theme is "Shining a Light on the Future of Learning." Visit our RFP site to learn more and submit your presentation.
The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You may download the RFP questions in advance to support building your proposal offline. The iNACOL Program Committee will notify applicants of proposal status no later than Monday, May 6, 2019.
Of particular note for this year is an intention to provide more sessions on implementation challenges common to new student-centered learning models. To that end, we are encouraging presentations that target specific nuances of implementation, dig below the surface and offer clear learning objectives and action steps that participants can take back to their states, districts and schools. Our recent webinar provides more details.
Registration for the Symposium will open in early spring. Find more information on the iNACOL Symposium website, and follow our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn feeds for updates.
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A Primer on Submitting Your iNACOL Symposium Presentation Proposal
Interested in presenting at the iNACOL Symposium in 2019? In a webinar last week, our Chief Operating Officer Bruce Friend and Strategic Partnerships Director Natalie Slocum shared key points to help your session stand out, as well as a timeline of events around the submission process. View this archived webinar to learn about the Symposium RFP process, hear tips on getting proposals selected to present, and ways to improve interactivity in your session.
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Developing a Funding Strategy to Support Innovation in Rhode Island and Arkansas
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I have been in the classroom for going on 10 years, and the most powerful thing I have learned is that if you want engagement, managed behavior, growth and achievement, students must have choice and voice. Though I had experimented with choice and voice a couple of times over my career, it wasn’t until I attended the iNACOL Symposium in fall 2017 that I had the impetus to make it a pedagogical focus. I, like many other educators, was terrified that I would lose control over my classroom. I attended a session led by educators and administrators from Holmes Elementary School in Boston, and they inspired me to “Bless the Mess” and not worry about having absolute control.
- Rhiannon Dunn, English 9 Teacher at Science Hill High School, East Tennessee
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School leaders and educators across the country are reframing and transforming K-12 education in America to ensure that students are building the skills they’ll need to succeed in the complex society of the future. Enabling students to develop 21st-century competencies requires a thorough reimagining of the goals, processes and structures that define our schools. iNACOL hosted a webinar with NGLC, New Hampshire Learning Initiative and Distinctive Schools to hear how school leaders are using the MyWays Student Success Framework to begin conversations around new definitions of student success aligned to more holistic learning outcomes. Learn how you can use this framework, tools and resources to launch your school-change initiative and reimagine your learning and assessment designs.
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