Our Work

The Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.

Aurora is the leading advocate for transforming learning.

We leverage the power of personalized, competency-based learning models to accelerate the shift to student-centered learning.

Personalized Learning

Personalized learning opens student pathways, optimizes instruction, and encourages student voice and choice in their education. Data-rich personal learning plans inform student-centered instruction and progression upon mastery.

Competency-Based Education

Competencies are defined by explicit learning objectives that empower students. Students receive timely, differentiated support, and they advance by demonstrating evidence with meaningful assessments via mastery, not seat time.


The Aurora Institute drives the transformation of education systems and accelerates the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.

New Learning Models

Through research, knowledge sharing, and advocacy, Aurora catalyzes the awareness of the vision of next generation learning models. New learning models have the potential to dramatically improve student outcomes by providing high-quality, scalable education opportunities. These models optimize and personalize education, ultimately improving access and equity for all students.

Policy Advocacy

The Aurora Institute transforms the policy landscape to promote better policies and practices to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences. Aurora conducts research, assesses policy barriers, provides recommendations, writes model language, issues briefs, and develops advocacy plans to support new learning models and remove barriers to educational innovation.

Network Hub

The Aurora Institute convenes and engages diverse educators through field-building and knowledge-sharing best practices. As the hub for student-centered, personalized learning, Aurora promotes collegial knowledge sharing and advocates for education systems transformation. Our members serve as a hub of education innovators on the leading edge of education transformation.

National Quality Standards

As iNACOL, we published National Quality Standards for courses, schools and programs to fulfill a need for quality standards and criteria for program design and evaluation, educator preparation, course reviews, and new models for staffing and funding to ensure adequacy and quality.  The standards provide the field with a quality framework to ensure that only high-quality learning opportunities are available to all students.

Research & Resources

The Aurora Institute researches and shares promising practices shaping the future of K-12 personalized, competency-based, education. By working collaboratively with practitioners and experts, Aurora publishes reports to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences.

Our Community

We support the largest active community of innovative practitioners transforming the future of learning.