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What the Learning Sciences Are Teaching Us About Learning – Pt. 3

This is the sixth vlog in a series sharing highlights from keynote addresses that will focus on current events and themes in education. This video features the topic of the learning sciences.   Bror Saxberg, Vice President of the Learning Sciences at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, discusses cognition and how education should aim to get both […]


Webinar

Supporting Educators Transitioning to a Competency-Based and Personalized Learning System

The journey to competency-based education (CBE) is often filled with lessons, challenges, detours, setbacks, and successes. Though there are many on-ramps to future-focused student-centered learning models, the shift typically begins with a question: how can we do better on behalf of our young learners to adequately prepare them for life after K-12 education? This webinar […]


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Reflections on Assessments for Competency-Based Education and Updates to States Piloting the Innovative Assessment Program

Earlier this summer, we attended the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA), hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers. The audience for this conference is national assessment experts, policymakers, and education organizations. The 2019 conference’s theme was “Measure What Matters, and Create Accountability for Equity.” Highlights included tracks on improving assessments, educator training […]


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Introducing the Keynote Speakers for the 2019 iNACOL Symposium

We are proud to announce the esteemed lineup of 2019 iNACOL Symposium keynote speakers. In the spirit of this year’s theme of “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning,” these leaders will inform, inspire, and propel thinking around powerful, student-centered learning models, while examining the role of education in the future. Below is a […]


Blog Post

What the Learning Sciences Are Teaching Us About Learning – Pt. 2

This is the fifth vlog in a series sharing highlights from keynote addresses that will focus on current events and themes in education. This video features the topic of the learning sciences.   Dr. Pamela Cantor, Founder and Senior Science Advisor for  Turnaround for Children demonstrates how scientific research can be utilized in school design and […]


Board Member

Felicia Cumings Smith

Felicia C. Smith is an Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at the 26th largest urban district in the country, Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, Kentucky). There she provides oversight of the district’s strategies for implementing curriculum and instruction, federal programs, library media supports, and professional learning. These efforts are focused on the district’s vision for […]


Board Member

Layla Avila

Layla Avila serves as CEO/Executive Director of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC). Along with Kaya Henderson and Aimée Eubanks Davis, Layla convened 18 prominent African American and Latino education leaders to discuss whether a new entity of education leaders of color was necessary to expand the faces, voices, and emphases of education efforts and build […]