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State Funding Strategies to Support Education Innovation

June 2018. This issue brief highlights case studies and action steps for policymakers to deepen their understanding of state funding strategies to support innovation in K-12 education. In order for public schools and districts to effectively plan, launch and scale high-quality, innovative learning models, a focused approach to funding statewide initiatives and for building educator capacity is of…


A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States

June 2018. K-12 education is at the beginning of what many hope will be a systemic transformation toward high-quality, personalized learning for every student. Across the United States, personalized learning environments are being created in partnership with teachers. Personalized learning provides teachers with the tools to better meet each student’s needs and provide instructional models geared toward…


Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality K-12 Competency-Based Education Systems

June 2018. Competency-based education is gaining momentum and visibility nationally. To advance the field with quality and fidelity, CompetencyWorks developed a logic model defining key elements and levers of high-quality competency-based systems to accelerate research and advance the implementation of high-quality models. In a recent report titled, Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and…


A National Landscape Scan of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education in the United States

June 2018. This publication provides findings from a national survey of teachers and students to underscore how, and to what extent, core elements of personalized learning are taking hold in K-12 schools and districts across the United States. iNACOL partnered with the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), NORC at the University of Chicago, and LEAP Innovations to…


An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

June 2018. Competency-based education, also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based or performance-based education, is a system of education designed to equitably ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career and life. This webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what…


Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems

May 2018. Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems, uses logic model frameworks to convey relationships between essential levers (outcomes, drivers and mediating factors) that inform the design of competency-based education systems and critical components of competency-based practice at four interdependent levels (student experience, professional practice of educators, district…


Strategies for Teachers to Drive Student Agency through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning

May 2018. Research on motivation and engagement has established that creating opportunities for students to shape their educational experiences (i.e., student agency) is an essential ingredient for improving academic achievement. View this archived webinar to learn strategies to design learning experiences that drive student agency through inquiry-based, authentic learning in K-12 education. In inquiry-based learning, a question,…


The Science of Learning and Development and Its Implications for Transforming K-12 Education

May 2018. Learning and development science explains that social, emotional and cognitive domains are deeply intertwined in the learning process. Supporting the full integration of these dimensions within a positive school climate can dramatically improve K-12 student learning outcomes. To explore the learning sciences’ potential in K-12 education systems, iNACOL will host a webinar in conjunction with…


An Introduction to Student Exhibition Nights

April 2018. Educators across the nation are co-creating with students authentic, real-world personalized learning opportunities to promote deeper learning and prepare all students for success. Some schools are implementing student exhibition nights as a means for students to showcase projects, celebrate learning, and engage in interactive learning opportunities with their families, community members, and special guests. Exhibition…


Meeting Students Where They Are

April 2018. Meeting Students Where They Are, written by Antonia Rudenstine, Sydney Schaef, Dixie Bacallao and Sarah Hakani of reDesign, provides school and district leaders with an in-depth exploration of the relational, pedagogical and structural dimensions of meeting students where they are in K-12 competency-based education systems. Competency-based education models, designed to ensure equity for all students,…