iNACOL Policy Team Testifies in Minnesota to Support Competency-Based Education
The Minnesota Senate Committee on E-12 Finance and Policy held a hearing this week to consider SF 485, a bill which would specifically and explicitly recognize competency-based education models in Minnesota.
iNACOL Vice President for Federal and State Policy Maria Worthen and Policy Director Natalie Truong testified in favor of the bill, joining the bill’s sponsor, E-12 Finance and Policy Chair Senator Carla Nelson, and representatives from Education Evolving, KnowledgeWorks, and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. Several school districts implementing competency education also submitted letters of support to the committee. Jason Berg, Executive Director of Educational Services at the Farmington Area Public Schools wrote that personalized, competency-based education “allows districts to make equity our pedagogy.”
The following is an excerpt of testimony that iNACOL Policy Director Natalie Truong and I delivered to the committee:
“Competency-based education systems move away from the traditional seat-time-based, one-size-fits-all model of schooling. Competency-based education models will ensure students are ready for a 21st-century economy and can succeed in college, career and civic life."
iNACOL & Partners Discuss Leading the Field of Personalized Learning at SXSW EDU
iNACOL President & CEO Susan Patrick joined Dana Borrelli-Murray of Highlander Institute, Elisabeth Stock of PowerMyLearning, and Beth Rabbitt of The Learning Accelerator for “CEO State of Play in Personalized Learning” at the ninth annual SXSW EDU in Austin, Texas, this week. Together on Wednesday, they shared insights from building the fast-growing field, including the challenges and opportunities embedded in defining personalized learning, the spread of new learning models across the nation, and what lies ahead. The following quotes are highlights of the discussion, courtesy of our partners at New Profit Inc., and other friends engaged in the conversation.
Today Is the Deadline to Submit a Proposal to Present at the 2019 iNACOL Symposium
Tonight at 11:59 p.m., the Request for Proposals for the iNACOL Symposium will close. You have just a few remaining hours to add your proposal for consideration. Please visit our RFP site for instructions and to submit. This year's Symposium will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, on October 28-31, 2019. The 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 process and timeline for proposal selection, and highlights ways to design interactive sessions that generate meaningful collaboration and foster engagement. In addition, this recently posted blog answers frequently asked questions about the Symposium and the RFP process.
Lessons from South Carolina and Utah on Funding Innovation in Education
As states, districts and schools around the nation begin redesigning education systems that to better support students to thrive in the future, they are naturally operating in different landscapes to launch their work from different entry points.
One issue that several states contend with is how to fund their transformation efforts. In our recent issue brief, State Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation, we described the work underway in South Carolina and Utah, two states leading the nation in developing future-focused, student-centered learning environments.
Considering Equity in Education During Black History Month
As we come to terms with how rapidly the world is changing around us and as we recognize that our country’s economic, political and civic engines depend on strong, adaptable and capable citizens, we must ask whether our education system is fit for the purpose of preparing all our students for the future, or whether we are satisfied to continue reinforcing those structures and elements that leave learners of color disadvantaged, disenfranchised and in deficit mode.
Future-Focused Education Innovations: Insights from Global Leaders
The New Zealand Education system’s vision is described as a “highly connected, interdependent education system that equips students with skills for the future, fosters students’ identity, language and culture, and prepares students to participate as successful citizens in the 21st century.” iNACOL hosted a webinar with education leaders from New Zealand to discuss the future trends in global systems, further explore deeper learning and learn about the CORE Education Positioning System (EPS).
Taking Personalized Learning to Scale iNACOL defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strength, needs, and interests—including enabling student’s voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn...Read More.
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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