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RETHINK: Planning and Designing for K-12 Next Generation Learning

June 2013. This toolkit from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is for K-12 district, charter, and school leaders to use in the very early stages of conceptualizing and designing a next generation learning program, initiative, or whole school. Rather than offering a prescriptive model to follow, the toolkit…


OER and Collaborative Content Development

June 2013. This report provides educational leaders with a guide describing the benefits of OER, a framework for planning, and strategies for successful collaborative content development. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are tools and techniques used to transmit knowledge that have an impact on teaching and learning and are openly licensed to permit sharing and collaboration. OERs include…


OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing

June 2013. This report helps policymakers promote collaboration and deeper learning with Open Educational Resources (OER). The authors demonstrate how policymakers are helping teachers to build resources, share educational materials, and personalize instruction by permitting publicly funded learning materials to be shared openly. Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials licensed in such a way as to…


How State Educational Leaders are Advancing Competency Education

May 2013. View this webinar to hear directly from the state education leaders about their experiences and insights in advancing competency education (or proficiency-based education). You’ll hear about the theory of action driving Maine’s and Iowa’s efforts, building shared vision and creating innovation space. You will also hear about the new report based on interviews with experts…


Louisiana’s Course Choice Program: A Model for Other States

March 2013. This webinar provides an overview of Louisiana Course Choice, a new Louisiana Department of Education program. Its “a la carte” school choice is revolutionizing education and serving as a model for other states. The program entered full operation in the 2013-14 school year in order to better meet the needs of all students and prepare…


Competency Works: The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment

March 2013. The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment delves into the fourth element of the definition of competency education: students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs. Understanding how to structure supports is important because learning in a competency-based environment means that students and adults are often on the edge…


Competency Works: Spanning the Grades: A District Perspective on Implementing Competency Education

February 2013. This webinar provides practitioners, advocates and policymakers with the opportunity to hear directly from leaders at MSAD 15. Located in Gray-New Gloucester, Maine, these innovators began transforming their district to a student-centered, proficiency-based model. This webinar addresses the following questions: Why did MSAD 15 decide to embrace a proficiency-based model? What was the pre-implementation process?…


English Language Learners: A Community-Driven, Blended Learning Approach to K-12 Education

February 2013. This Teacher Talk Webinar focuses on second language learners in blended learning programs. This video was shared as part of the presentation. Second Language Learners are on the increase across the nation, presenting school administrators and teachers with significant challenges. Topics of discussion include: Learning about your student population. Integrating best practices into the current online structure.…


OER – What are they and how can you use them in your classroom?

January 2013. How can teachers best utilize Open Educational Resources (OER)? This Teacher Talk webinar describes ways in which OER can enhance your teaching – whether in a face-to-face, blended, or online environment. In this context, OER includes the tools, policies, and an overall philosophy of teaching and learning, and T.J. Bliss and Annie Swinton discuss OER…


The Art and Science of Designing Competencies

July 2012. The Art and Sciences of Designing Competencies paper discusses how innovators in competency education develop competencies. Often this is referred to as a tuning process or reengineering process – mapping from what we want students to know and be able to do all the way backwards to the choices for curricular tasks and assessments. This…