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(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…


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…


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,…


Transforming K-12 Rural Education through Blended Learning: Barriers and Promising Practices

October 2013. This report describes the implementation of blended learning programs in Idaho, and three key takeaways are apparent: Blended learning has a positive impact on teachers. Self-pacing enables students to take ownership and achieve mastery. Teachers must prepare with comprehensive teacher training. The authors emphasize the need for the field to conduct studies to challenge, adapt,…


Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education

October 2013. This paper provides a scan of the literature to expand the knowledge base for the field of online, blended, and competency-based education. The goal of the paper is to explain the nuances of key terms used across the field of K-12 education related to personalized, blended and competency education, and how the ideas integrate in order…


Partnering for Success: A 21st Century Model for Teacher Preparation

October 2013. This report studies the best practices necessary to rethink the skills, methods and pedagogical evolution that teacher education must address. If we are to ensure great teachers are trained, mentored and retained for our students — the programs themselves must emulate 21st century skills. The examples found in this report have unique elements and frameworks…


iNACOL’s New Learning Models Vision

October 2013. This brief summarizes iNACOL’s New Learning Models, which personalize learning using competency-based approaches. Supported by blended and online learning modalities, teachers use technology to differentiate instruction and engage students in deeper learning. By adapting instruction to reflect a student’s level of mastery, blended and online models have the potential to keep students engaged and supported…


iNACOL Research Agenda

October 2013. iNACOL publishes a research agenda on an ongoing basis to continue its work in field-building, capacity-building and knowledge-building. Based on a 2013 survey of the field to identify research needs, iNACOL developed a research approach, including the following: Build a collaborative research agenda, including: field experts, the iNACOL Research Committee, the iNACOL Research Special Interest…


Annual Report to iNACOL Membership: iNACOL Strategic Plan Update 2011-2015

October 2013. In 2011, the iNACOL staff and Board of Directors engaged in an intensive strategic planning process. The iNACOL Strategic Plan 2011-2015 identifies three strategic areas of work, all of which are discussed in this webinar: Policy and Advocacy Quality Assurance New Learning Models Presenter Susan Patrick provides an update on a year’s progress of work…


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…