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Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed

April 2018. This publication offers equity strategies for personalized, competency-based education to ensure a more equitable K-12 education system. Districts and schools can use the equity principles within this report to develop an equity agenda within their personalized, competency-based systems. Competency-based education systems, designed to ensure all students achieve success, holds promise as a uniquely powerful model…


iNACOL Teacher of the Year: From Classroom to Workshop – A Practical Guide to Differentiating, Individualizing and Personalizing Instruction

March 2018. Teachers across the country are shifting toward powerful, personalized learning models, where each student’s unique needs are addressed and every student has access to a world-class education that ensures future success. Shifting toward highly personalized designs has profound implications for the ways in which teachers educate students. Join this webinar to hear from Rachael Moola,…

Type: Webinar


Learning Outside the Classroom: Launching, Improving and Sustaining High School Internship Programs

March 2018. Educators across the country are seeking ways to ensure students are building the necessary skills to prepare them for successful futures. Internships are a powerful tool to provide students with authentic learning experiences, connected to their communities and the real world, and aligned to their interests and passions. Internships provide a space for students’ talents…


An Introduction to Submitting Your Proposal to Present at the iNACOL Symposium 2018

February 2018. Are you interested in submitting a proposal to present at the iNACOL Symposium in Nashville on October 21-24, 2018? iNACOL is now accepting proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium. Learn more here. In this webinar, iNACOL will share key points to guide you through the Request for Presentations (RFP) process. Learn tips on submitting your…

Author: Bruce Friend, Natalie Abel

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Webinar


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…


State Strategies to Develop Teacher Capacity for Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

February 2018. This issue brief shares state policy recommendations and action steps for policymakers who are supporting the redesign of educator workforce systems to enable educators to build the skills, competencies and knowledge needed to thrive in modern, student-centered learning environments.   By modernizing educator preparation and development systems, policymakers will support transformation at scale toward education…

Author: Maria Worthen, Susan Patrick

Organization: iNACOL

Type: Issue Brief

Topics: Policy


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…


Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

January 2018. This report provides a roadmap and action steps for state policymakers to catalyze transformational change in K-12 education toward a future vision for systems that ensure success for all students. In this report, iNACOL articulates a vision for the future of K-12 education and offers action steps for state policymakers. Its purpose is to inspire…


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…