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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…


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…


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…


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…


Empowering Leaders and Teachers to Scale Personalized Learning

December 2017. Schools and districts across the country are transitioning toward personalized learning to provide opportunities for each student to succeed. Building capacity for leaders and teachers to thrive in personalized learning environments is an essential component of sustaining the transition to personalized learning and meeting the needs of all students. View this archived webinar to learn…


Charting the Course for the Next Phase of K-12 Competency-Based Education

November 2017. K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a turning point. The steady march towards equality and justice within our country has changed the context for our education system. At the same time, rapid and unpredictable changes in society and culture have created new expectations for education, changing what we need…


2017 iNACOL Annual Membership Meeting

October 2017. View this archived webinar for an overview of iNACOL’s current and future work, strategic plan, initiatives as well as reflections on the field. The iNACOL team will provide updates on federal and state policy, share developments from CompetencyWorks, highlight recent research and publications, and discuss highlights related to the upcoming iNACOL Symposium. Instead of hosting…


What Personalized Learning Looks Like Across the U.S.

October 2017. As districts and schools transition towards personalized learning, there are a variety of elements that reconfigure and reshape concepts of teaching and learning—from budgeting to setting a vision, from professional development to human capital. Where do you start? In the Fifty States Project, EdSurge compiled stories from schools and districts across all 50 states and…

Author: Meg Hamel, Tony Wan

Organization: EdSurge

Type: Webinar