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Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce: Federal Policy Recommendations for Professional Learning and Supporting Future-Focused, Competency-Based Education Systems

March 2019. This issue brief highlights federal policy opportunities to improve and modernize professional learning and development for educators for competency-based education systems. Three policy recommendations are identified: diversifying pathways into the teaching profession, catalyzing innovation to redesign teacher preparation, and developing meaningful systems of assessments and evaluation. The brief also articulates specific policy actions for each…


iNACOL Symposium 2019: A Primer on Submitting Your Proposal to Present

February 2019. Interested in presenting at the iNACOL Symposium in 2019? Before getting started with the brainstorming process to create session topics and presentations, iNACOL is sharing key points that will help your session stand out. There are many ways to design sessions that will generate meaningful collaboration, foster engagement, and share knowledge. For the upcoming iNACOL…

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iNACOL 2019 State Policy Priorities

January 2019. This brief provides analysis of state policy changes needed toward a long-range vision to transform education and ensure our nation’s education systems prepare all students with the skills necessary to achieve success, contribute to their communities and advance society.   Our policy priorities are intentionally constructed to support future-focused states and localities moving forward from…


iNACOL 2019 Federal Policy Priorities

January 2019. This brief provides analysis of federal policy changes needed toward a long-range vision to transform education and ensure our nation’s education systems prepare all students with the skills necessary to achieve success, contribute to their communities and advance society.   Our policy priorities are intentionally constructed to support future-focused states and localities moving forward from…


Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

January 2019. iNACOL’s new publication, Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education, re-envisions professional practice, learning and development for educators in competency-based education. As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. Moving Toward Mastery describes a teaching profession…


Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

December 2018. Authors of the report, Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education, Chris Sturgis and Katherine Casey share an overview of the 16 Quality Design Principles to guide the development of competency-based learning with the goal of creating a system in which every student succeeds. As states, districts and schools re-design education systems, the 16 Quality Design Principles…


Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education

November 2018. This publication re-envisions professional practice, learning and development for educators in competency-based education. As school districts transition to new, more powerful student-centered learning models, it’s critical that educators leading the transformative practice are equipped for their new roles. Moving Toward Mastery describes a teaching profession that is equity-oriented, learning-centered and lifelong; it recommends 15 strategies…


Meeting Students Where They Are

November 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, are gaining…


Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education

October 2018. This book, developed with input involving practitioners as part of the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, offers 16 Quality Design Principles to guide the development of competency-based learning with the goal of creating a system in which every student succeeds. While producing high-quality schools certainly requires attention to the structure, policy and operations, it…


2019 State and Federal Policy Priorities

September 2018. This brief highlights recommendations for policymakers with guidance on strategies and action steps 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…