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Why Minecraft? An Introduction to Minecraft in the Classroom

August 2015. Learn about how Minecraft is making its way into the classroom and connecting kids and literature. If you’re curious about what Minecraft is, or why it’s making its way into the classroom and minds of many, attend this webinar. iNACOL  welcomes Lee Graham, PhD, who teaches educational technology courses and maintains the Educational Technology Program at University of…


Blending Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008–2015

July 2015. This report explores the development of blended learning from 2008-2015, the evolution of definitions across blended learning models and effective blended instructional strategies grounded in case studies. The paper depicts how schools are implementing blended learning, increasing student engagement and academic success, and using digital content and curricula for data-driven instructional models while empowering youth.…


Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. This paper describes effective district implementation strategies to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students’ needs. This paper highlights strategies to engage, motivate, and teach all students to proficiency and mastery; depicts shifts in instruction toward deeper learning and meaningful assessments for learning; while exploring models of distributed…


CompetencyWorks: Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

June 2015. On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, iNACOL hosted a Leadership Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed their recently co-authored CompetencyWorks report titled, Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts. In May 2014, twenty-three technical assistance providers convened to discuss the implementation of…


CompetencyWorks—Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. On Thursday, June 25, iNACOL hosted a Special Edition Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed the recent CompetencyWorks report titled, Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders. Over the past five years, Chris visited competency-based schools and districts throughout the country…


Federal and State Policy Developments: Opening Opportunities for New Learning Models

May 2015. On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET, iNACOL hosted a Leadership Webinar focused on federal and state policy updates, including reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), current U.S. Department of Education Initiatives to support personalized learning, and state course access and innovation zone policies. Maria Worthen highlighted iNACOL’s federal…


Performance-Based Funding And Online Learning: Maximizing Resources For Student Success

April 2015. On Wednesday, April 8th, iNACOL hosted a Leadership Webinar featuring the authors of the report Performance-Based Funding & Online Learning: Maximizing Resources for Student Success. The webinar presenters discussed the report highlights and examined performance-based funding models. The report provides an overview of performance-based funding concepts while exploring policy considerations. An important contribution of the report…


An Introduction to Competency-Based Education

April 2015. On Friday, April 3, iNACOL hosted a Special Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Sandra Dop of the Iowa Department of Education. The concept is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery, rather than how much time is spent in a classroom. Competency-based education is a fundamental shift toward…


Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015. This report includes information on implementing blended, competency-based education. It discusses the implications of personalized learning as a main pillar of school design, structured around ensuring equity and quality. To assist school and district leaders in their efforts, the report emphasizes five fundamental conditions that are required to shift to personalized learning models: Leadership: Updating the…


Performance-Based Funding & Online Learning: Maximizing Resources for Student Success

March 2015. The report is focused on performance-based funding and the costs in online learning programs. This study examines the variety of funding models for K-12 online learning, explores adequacy costs, and outlines the guiding principles of performance-based funding to reward outcomes. As state policy makers consider performance-based funding options in education, this report provides recommendations and literature to…