iNACOL 2019 Policy Priorities for State and Federal Policymakers
iNACOL has published its 2019 State and Federal Policy Priorities, a future-focused set of recommendations to drive the transformation of K-12 education systems to meet the needs of every student.
Policymakers, at every level, need to ensure the nation’s education systems are fit for purpose, equity-driven, capable of preparing all students – rather than only a portion – to graduate with the knowledge, abilities and dispositions necessary to achieve success, to contribute to their communities and to advance society.
Solving this problem and providing equity for all students is possible and a moral imperative. To state-level policymakers we recommend that they:
Redefine student success to prepare all students for college, career and civic life;
Create meaningful qualifications based on mastery;
Redesign accountability systems for continuous improvement;
Build aligned, balanced systems of assessments to certify knowledge and skills;
Develop educator capacity for next-generation learning;
Build system and school leadership capacity for change; and
Establish enabling state policies to create and launch innovative learning models and multiple pathways.
Federal policymakers should:
Launch a pilot program in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to support innovation;
Remove barriers for states in ESSA Section 1204 (Innovative Assessment Pilot);
Support continued expansion of Internet access and broadband infrastructure; and
Target funding within the reauthorized Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
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iNACOL’s mission is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. In keeping with this mission, and in our effort to continually improve Symposium attendees’ experiences each year, we are moving away from a traditional vendor exhibit hall and instead offering a new approach, the Innovation Corner — an innovative space to showcase personalized, competency-based models and tools in action.
Special features of the Innovation Corner include:
A school showcase to learn from practitioners who have successfully implemented personalized, competency-based learning models
A tools showcase to interact with resources that support transformative learning environments
Two student showcases, including one hosted by TNTP with learners describing their daily experiences, and another interactive session by ALP with student recordings about assessment practices
Symposium sponsor showcases
The Voices Hub where you can record your story, thoughts and insights
Meeting and gathering spaces
The Innovation Corner will be in the Davidson Ballroom of the Music City Center (Level 1M) with a grand opening during the President's Reception on Sunday evening, October 21. On Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23. the Innovation Corner will welcome attendees between 9:00AM and 5:00PM.
We're delighted to announce a dynamic lineup of keynote speakers for the 2018 iNACOL Symposium in Nashville. Register today to learn from the insights of Carlos Moreno, Phyllis Lockett, Tony Monfiletto, Russlynn Ali, David Istance, Jemar Lee and our panel of students and Pamela Cantor, M.D. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is "Driving the Transformation of Learning." Our Symposium page has more details.
To build a vision for coherent, student-centered systems — and to encourage all stakeholders to take ownership of education innovation — we must take the long view in our approach to state policy. iNACOL's president and CEO Susan Patrick, along with our policy team, explored the long game in moving toward personalized, competency-based education in the United States in a recent webinar.
It Takes a Movement: Delivering the Future Our Children Deserve
Every learner has unique needs, strengths and aspirations, and a one-size-fits-all education model that fails to recognize or adapt to them leaves far too many students — especially students of color, students with disabilities and students who don’t always speak English at home — behind.
- Phyllis Lockett, Founder and CEO of LEAP Innovations
Educator and School Leader Competencies Can Promote Systems Coherence in Competency Education
State policymakers might think about how they can support educators, school leaders, institutions of higher education and experts in the fields of competency-based education to collaboratively design and adopt these competencies.
Whenever I can, I look for places where I am able to step aside and create a wake for those voices that don’t always get the spotlight, those of Black and Brown students who themselves have borne witness to the positive impacts of an educational experience that has placed trust in them. That has asked them what they want to learn. What they are interested in seeing in the world and in themselves. What problems are they passionate about solving. The simple act of stepping aside can have an extraordinary impact.
- Carlos Moreno, Co-Executive Director of Big Picture Learning
Building Teacher Professional Judgment in Policy to Support Competency Education
If we fail to invest in the capacity of educators – the people who can make the greatest difference in students’ learning – we will do both teachers and students a grave disservice. We need to make a shift in how we think about teacher pre-service training and professional learning.
When a student asks, “Why am I learning this? When will I ever use it?” we don’t always have a direct answer. In fact, the XQ report High School and the Future of Work found only half of high school students believe their school has helped them figure out which careers match their skills and interests. Reframing learning and work into a life-giving experience should be a fundamental role for our schools. How do we help students find jobs they love?
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.