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How Teachers Are Incorporating Positive Youth Development Strategies in Personalized Learning

February 2018. Research from the learning sciences tell us that the search for identity and autonomy is a primary aspiration of all young people. Schools — and teachers in particular — are pivotal in supporting students on this journey: helping them build competencies that connect to purpose, providing opportunities for meaningful contribution, and ensuring that they know…


Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

February 2018. Readiness for college, career and life should be a core purpose of K-12 education. As we shift from an industrial to a knowledge economy, the future workforce will need intellectual and creative capacities to solve problems and collaborate in an increasingly complex world. States and local communities have an opportunity to rethink the definition of…


State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

February 2018. This issue brief shares state policy recommendations and action steps for policymakers who are supporting the redesign of educator workforce systems to enable educators to build the skills, competencies and knowledge needed to thrive in modern, student-centered learning environments.   By modernizing educator preparation and development systems, policymakers will support transformation at scale toward education…

Type: Issue Brief

Topics: Policy


The Innovative Assessment Pilot: A New Opportunity for States and Districts to Collaborate in Developing Next Generation Systems of Assessments

January 2018. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides flexibility for states to redesign systems of assessments to better align with student-centered learning. The U.S. Department of Education has released an official notice inviting states to apply for a new program in ESSA: the Innovative Accountability and Assessment Demonstration Authority. This “Innovative Assessment Pilot” allows states to…


Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

January 2018. This report provides a roadmap and action steps for state policymakers to catalyze transformational change in K-12 education toward a future vision for systems that ensure success for all students. In this report, iNACOL articulates a vision for the future of K-12 education and offers action steps for state policymakers. Its purpose is to inspire…


How Teachers Can Create Powerful, Personalized, Productive Learning Experiences

January 2018. Teachers around the globe are implementing innovative practices and creating breakthrough learning models that dramatically improve student learning. There are rapid changes occurring in how teachers teach and how students learn, based on learning sciences research and youth development theory. How can teachers provide students with learning experiences where each student’s unique needs are addressed…


What Learners Need to Thrive in a Changing World: Building Richer Definitions of Student Success

January 2018. How can educators prepare the students of today for a challenging, unpredictable tomorrow? Education leaders and educators across the country are reframing and transforming K-12 education in America to ensure that students are building the skills they’ll need to succeed in the complex society of the future. They are working with their communities to develop…


Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

January 2018. This paper explores and reflects on the issues state policy needs to address in the long-term to support a transformation of K-12 education systems. Personalized learning and competency-based education systems, designed to ensure equity, hold promise to prepare all students for success in college, career and civic life. This report shares strategies for policy to…


Rethinking State Accountability to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning in K-12 Education

December 2017. This issue brief shares state policy recommendations and resources for policymakers who are ready to rethink state accountability systems to support student-centered learning.  With the passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states gain considerably more authority and autonomy over the design of school accountability systems. This shift in responsibility creates the opportunity…


Strategies for Teachers to Develop Students as Global Citizens

December 2017. In personalized learning models across the country, teachers are providing students with real-world learning opportunities, interconnected with the community, to develop important skills and dispositions that prepare them for a lifetime of success. Lincoln-West School of Global Studies (a high school within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District) is implementing a personalized, competency-based system with the…