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Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

October 2014. This report provides an overview of how competency-based learning can provide the skills and training necessary to develop a next generation workforce. The paper discusses the new skills that educators will need, policy shifts that will need to occur, pre-service and credentialing, professional development, and evaluation. They provide case studies, including Western Governors University Teachers…


Access and Equity for All Learners in Blended and Online Education

October 2014. Equity in education has been a basic tenet of public education in the United States, made explicit by civil rights legislation throughout the years. Unfortunately, legislation alone does not guarantee that all students will be provided with the access and equity necessary to take full advantage of the educational opportunities all students are entitled to.…


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.


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…


(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,…


Webinar: Keeping Pace with K-12 Blended and Online Learning, 10th Edition

November 2013. Panelists of this webinar present the latest developments in blended and online policy and practice throughout the country. Come hear the authors of Keeping Pace with K-12 Blended and Online Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice discuss key findings. Browse this report for the most recent program and policy trends across districts and…


Planning, Implementation and Policy Considerations for Blended Learning

October 2013. This webinar discusses common elements needed to implement a successful blended learning program, as well as policy considerations for states and districts. Join experts Greg Klein and Samantha Sherwood in identifying critical success factors for blended learning adoption. It is vitally important to have planned policy and support structures in place for blended learning programs…