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CCSSO Innovation Lab Network: Transforming Systems Through Policy, Practice and Structure (Number 1 of 3)

April 2014. This webinar highlights how the ILN program has provided transformational system supports in Kentucky and Wisconsin. Educational leaders from each state will share implementation strategies, sustainability opportunities and promising practices. The ideas shared in this webinar can be applied to any educational system. CCSSO and iNACOL are partnering to present a series of three webinars…


Protecting Student Privacy in Blended and Online Learning: New FERPA Guidance from the US Department of Education

April 2014. In this Leadership Webinar, US Department of Education Chief Privacy Office representatives provide FERPA guidance and answer questions about its applicability to blended and online learning. In addition, Themy Sparangis from the Los Angeles Unified School District provides examples about how a large school district protects student privacy. There is public concern about how technology…


North Carolina Virtual Public School Student Perceptions and Expectations

March 2014. This webinar focuses on North Carolina Virtual Public School student perceptions and expectations, compiled from a large-scale survey. The presenters provide an overview of the survey data, the key findings, and major takeaways for brick-and-mortar and virtual teachers and administrators looking to improve supports. The survey results also informed a second survey of NCVPS students…


(Webinar) A K-12 Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change

February 2014. The presenters describe barriers and opportunities within federal education policy. Based on the recently released iNACOL report, A K-12 Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change, the authors portray how the federal government can catalyze and scale student-centric learning. As lawmakers in Washington, DC craft a next generation Elementary and Secondary Education…


A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change

February 2014. This report discusses a student-centered federal policy framework designed to advance the growth of competency education. The authors argue that the current traditional system fails students, and it is time to reframe quality, accountability, and access. The traditional education system is often reinforced by federal, state, and local governments through outdated compliance requirements and funding…


CompetencyWorks

January 2014. CompetencyWorks is an online resource to provide information and knowledge about competency education through a website, a blog filled with practitioner knowledge and policy advancements, and a wiki to make it easy to get examples of materials. CompetencyWorks provides resources for new innovators and early adopters so that they can rapidly learn about past mistakes,…


Approaches to Evaluating Blended Learning Programs

January 2014. This webinar focuses on current practices for evaluating program effectiveness. The presenters discuss evaluation tools in use and how blended learning schools analyze multiple sources of data to understand program success. Presenters lead a discussion of important considerations around the data collected to inform teachers and administrators about student success. View this webinar to explore…


Tech Tools to Enhance Student Engagement in Blended and Online Learning

January 2014. This teacher talk webinar focuses on the latest web tools that can engage students, facilitate collaboration, and enhance understanding for students at all levels. Whether in a technology enhanced, blended or online learning classroom, these Web 2.0 tools can be easily integrated to increase student engagement and interest in learning. Explore this webinar to learn…


Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education

January 2014. The purpose of this report is to explore how to redesign grading systems to best help students gain the skills necessary to be successful. This report explains the weaknesses of traditional grading systems, and how to redesign grading along the 6 elements of competency-based grading. It highlights lessons learned from the field, such as transparency, community…


Approaches to Evaluating Supplemental Online Learning Programs

December 2013. This webinar focuses on current practices for evaluating online learning program effectiveness. The panelists discuss the evaluation tools in use and how state virtual schools analyze multiple sources of data to understand program success. Presenters lead a discussion of important considerations around the data collected to inform teachers and administrators about student success. View this…