Registration Now Open for the 2019 iNACOL Symposium
Attendee registration is now open for the iNACOL Symposium, which will run October 28-31, 2019 at the Palm Springs Convention Center under the theme "Shining a Light on the Future of Learning."
The annual conference is the premier learning conference for those driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers, innovators, and students gather and work to transform education.
The iNACOL Symposium includes tracks for competency education, assessment for learning, leadership, professional development, policy and advocacy, quality assurance, human capital, community engagement, research and many more.
To take advantage of special early-bird discounts, register to attend by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10, 2019 to receive special early-bird discounts on attendee registration.
Register for an Upcoming Webinar on Reimagining Credentialing
For students to experience the future of learning, we must transform educator learning. In this final webinar of a three-part series with 2Revolutions, we will offer policy context for key trends in educator credentialing and hear about an innovative new master’s program developed in partnership between Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and 2Revolutions. Participants will consider how we might redesign credentialing programs so that they support the future of educator learning. Join hosts Adam Rubin, 2Revolutions Founder and Partner; Ali Brown, 2Revolutions Principal; Wendy Baker, SNHU's Head of Graduate Studies; and iNACOL Policy Director, Natalie Truong on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 3 pm Eastern.
Sign up for an Upcoming Webinar on Competency's FAQs
Competency-based education, also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based or performance-based education, is a system of education designed to equitably ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career, and life. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what makes up an effective competency-based model, and what policies need to be in place to fully support it. Click below to register and hear from competency education leaders Eliot Levine, iNACOL Research Director, and Susan Patrick, iNACOL President & CEO on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 3 pm Eastern.
Funding Challenges and Action Steps for Policymakers to Support Education Transformation
States and school districts around the nation are advancing policies to support the shift toward student-centered, personalized, competency-based education. iNACOL is frequently asked to offer guidance on how to fund this transformation, and to that end, we releasedState Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation. The issue brief presented several case studies showing the diverse approaches states have used to resource their innovation initiatives. Policymakers can begin their resourcing approach by examining their state’s funding formulas and how they might pose barriers and challenges that limit the flexibility needed for innovative learning models.
The Role of School Libraries in School Transformation
In a learner-centered paradigm, libraries serve an important purpose, for one of their main commitments is to cultivate self-interest in learners and equip them with the skills to independently evaluate sources of information. Materials that libraries supply for students — books, computers, audiobooks, microfiche, etc. — are all just mediums for the transfer of information. Librarians act not only as guides to assist students in finding materials that are suitable to their academic goals and interests, but also as an arbiter of the sources to which students are given access.
Featured Resource: Webinar - Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education
In this webinar, Katherine Casey takes an in-depth look into her report, Moving Toward Mastery, which examines how the educator workforce can be redesigned for a personalized, competency-based system. Professional learning environments for educators should reflect those of their students, as it is ciritcal that educators are properly equipped for their new roles. View this webinar to learn more about rethinking professional learning.
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.