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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…


Fast Facts about Online Learning

October 2013. Explore the latest data concerning online and blended learning, enrollment, access, courses, and key policies indicators. Review online learning statistics, trends, policy issues, and iNACOL strategic priorities. Obtain a snapshot view of state funding models for both full-time and supplemental online learning programs. Examine this resource now to stay connected with the most recent facts…


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…


Implementing a Response to Intervention Program Using Blended Learning and Digital Tools

May 2013. This webinar will provide information about the blended learning RtI framework that was developed by the Spring ISD Virtual School and specifically, how to target students’ needs and strengths so they can proceed on a self-paced and competency-based pathway. The Spring ISD Virtual School took 5 years to implement a comprehensive RtI program that utilizes…


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

April 2013. Learning in a competency-based environment means pushing students and adults to the edge of their comfort zone and competence—the learning edge. View this webinar to hear directly from the authors of The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment about emerging practices that ensure adequate supports are in place to help students…


CompetencyWorks: Re-Engineering for Competency Education: Information Technology Design Consideration

April 2013. Join Liz Glowa, the author of Re-Engineering for Competency Education: Information Technology Design Considerations  for a discussion on how we can re-engineer data systems from teacher-centric, course-based instructional models to student-centered, competency-based learning models. Glowa provides an overview of her findings with time for participants to ask questions and share their insights. View this webinar…


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?…