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Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016. This paper explores how an Alaskan school district shifted from a traditional K-12 education system to a personalized, competency-based system, embedded in the culture of the community, which led to increased student achievement. Chugach School District (CSD) first implemented competency education over twenty years ago, paving the way in developing a system founded on student…


Blended Learning Leaders Discuss their Roadmap for Success

October 2015. Are you considering a blended learning imitative for your school or district, or perhaps are in the early stages of implementation? In anticipation of the release of iNACOL's Blended Learning Roadmap this fall, this Leadership Webinar will provide you with the opportunity to engage with and learn from other leaders from the U.S. and Canada…


Google Apps for Education: The Fresh Air Curriculum

September 2015. This iNACOL Teacher Talk webinar explored how you can use Google Apps for Education to turn your curriculum into a living, breathing document with the Fresh Air Curriculum. Recently featured in EdSurge, The Fresh Air Curriculum uses the live updating, collaborative nature of Google Drive combined, with a Google Site, Google Classroom and Gamification for a one-stop…


Realizing the Promise: Making Personalized Learning Accessible to All Learners

September 2015. Using blended and online learning to create personalized learning environments can provide the least restrictive, most tailored education for students with disabilities. However, new learning models must be designed with all learners in mind to realize that promise. Watch this webinar for a conversation with national experts on making blended and online learning accessible to students…


Personalized Learning: What It Takes To Get Started

August 2015. Learn what it takes to plan and operate a successful personalized learning school by viewing this archived webinar. What are the trends shaping the designs for the future of learning? Explore approaches with experts working with schools that have made the transition to personalized learning. Leave with resources and tools for planning and a clear…


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…


Smart Cities: Next Gen Learning at Scale

January 2015. On Wednesday, January 14th, iNACOL hosted a Leadership Webinar with Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart. Tom led an interactive discussion about Smart Cities and next generation learning – what's working and how do we foster more? Tom's latest book, "Smart Cities That Work for Everyone," stems from a two year investigation project launched to discover…


An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad

October 2014. An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad seeks to highlight components of competency education in international practice, to inform US policymakers and decision makers seeking to implement high-quality competency pathways at the state or local level. Other countries are studying our innovations, and we are studying theirs. This report first reviews the definition…


Aligning K-12 State Policy with Competency Education

September 2014. This CompetencyWorks brief provides an introduction to competency education with a snapshot of states’ policies regarding competency education. The report notes how states are advancing competency-based learning, and it describes eight ways that states can upgrade their policies.


Aligning K-12 Federal Policy with Competency Education

September 2014. This CompetencyWorks brief provides an introduction to competency education and insight into how federal policy can remove barriers and catalyze competency education. The report provides a snapshot of competency-based state policy throughout the U.S., and it explains what individual states are doing to advance competency education.