The iNACOL Symposium Program Committee and iNACOL staff have reviewed close to 800 proposals for sessions at the 2019 iNACOL Symposium, to be held Oct. 28-31 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. After many difficult decisions, the team has begun finalizing the program. Status notifications will be sent on Monday, May 6, 2019.
As noted during the RFP process earlier this year, the Program Committee gives priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based learning environments, drawing on participant experiences and promoting dialogue and exchange. This year, we also encouraged, and received, high-quality proposals covering specific nuances of implementation that dig below the surface and unpack rather than being very general in nature.
Beginning June 1, accepted speakers can access our system to update their sessions. Waitlisted speakers will be notified as space becomes available. Registration for the Symposium is now open, with more than 200 sessions in 25 tracks planned. For answers to common questions about the Symposium, see our FAQ page, or get in touch.
Webinar Series on Next Generation Professional Learning
In a series of three webinars, iNACOL has partnered with 2Revolutions to explore the future of educator learning. The last webinar is scheduled for May 9, 2019, at 3 pm Eastern. Register to attend.
Throughout the interactive series, we've investigated the current state of teacher professional learning and unpacked why it needs to change to align with transformations in student learning. We've examined policies and trends shaping the future of educator learning and envisioned what a next generation professional learning model could look like. In addition to breakout rooms in which participants could talk and brainstorm with each other, the second webinar in the series introduced Learn Next, a free toolbox of courses, playlists, learning progressions and other professional development resources.
In the final installment, we will cover the policy context of educator credentialing before exploring a case study of a new competency-based educator learning program. To see the past webinars in this series and other iNACOL learning sessions, explore our Resources page.
This May 23rd 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. Presenters will include Eliot Levine, iNACOL Research Director; Susan Patrick, iNACOL President & CEO; and Dr. Pamela Swanson, Superintendent of Westminster Public Schools.
Register to attend the 2019 iNACOL Symposium today. Early-bird registration discounts end July 10, 2019.
Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts before the end of your school or district’s fiscal year to save on the cost of attending the iNACOL Symposium October 28-31, 2019 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Review our Symposium pricing and deadlines for more details.
States Rethinking Accountability to Support Student-Centered Learning and Innovation
States are using a variety of approaches to innovation in accountability systems. Some are taking a broader perspective to redefine success and rethink measures and school report cards. Some are providing user-friendly tools so that parents can explore school data to find the information that matters most to them. States are also changing the systems of assessments that provide student achievement data for the accountability systems, and some states are conducting accountability innovation pilots.
Featured Resource: Webinar - Redefining Student Success in K-12 Education: Getting Started with “Profile of a Graduate” Conversations in Your Schools and Communities
In the transformation to personalized, competency-based learning, schools and districts are rethinking how they define student success. Some schools and districts are now implementing the Profile of a Graduate, which provides a more wholesome look into college and career readiness for students. In this webinar, EdLeader21 partners with iNACOL to identify ways to lead the conversation around the Profile of a Graduate, and get communities involved in this initiative.
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.