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Promising State Policies to Enable and Scale Personalized Learning

June 2016. What are the promising state policies to scale and enable personalized learning? How can policymakers develop and advance a coordinated set of policies that suits their state’s unique policy landscape and education system? The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents a historic opportunity for states to align policy environments to advance powerful,…


Enabling Anytime, Anywhere Learning Through the Personalized Learning Framework

May 2016. Do you want to get started with personalized learning, but don’t know where to start? In this webinar, LEAP Innovations shared how their recently released personalized learning framework drives a new paradigm in K-12 education. Their framework was co-designed with experienced teachers and other experts in personalized learning. In this webinar, presenters defined the key elements…


Powerful, Personalized PD for Teachers

May 2016. Next generation learning requires new methods, strategies and skills from educators. New models demand personalized professional development for teachers to prepare for the shift in pedagogy and practice.  This webinar highlighted educators sharing their own stories about the most powerful, personalized professional development to prepare for next generation learning models. Discover tips, tools and best…


What Is Competency-Based Education?

April 2016. Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. The concept behind competency education is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery of learning targets, rather than the number of hours spent in a classroom. By redesigning the education system around actual student learning, we will effectively…


Next Steps Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

April 2016. The new K-12 federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), gives states increased flexibility over assessment, accountability and use of funding. This represents a marked shift in federal control to states, presenting state and local stakeholders with an important opportunity to redefine what student success looks like and the goals of our nation’s…


Increase ELL Success Through Blended and Online Social Emotional Learning

April 2016. There is a massive and persistent English Language Learner (ELL) achievement gap in the United States. Traditional ELL education approaches have focused on language acquisition and content knowledge, yet ELL students have unique social emotional needs. This webinar will demonstrate how social emotional programs help to close the graduation, learning, and social gaps for ELL…


OER: Instructional Materials and Promising Practices for Teachers

March 2016. As the instructional materials landscape changes, educators are seeking resources and promising practices to maximize and optimize student learning. Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. They have the potential to engage teachers…


Micro-Credentials: Personalizing Professional Development for Educators

February 2016. Educators learn new skills and competencies throughout their careers in both formal and informal contexts. Today, more than ever, educators are looking to personalize their professional learning to ensure it meets their needs and the needs of their students. Micro-credentials offer an opportunity for educators to demonstrate and receive recognition for that learning, no matter…


Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Students and Teachers

February 2016. By leveraging the use of technology in the classroom, teachers can shift their instructional models and personalize learning for every student. With powerful digital tools at their fingertips, teachers can utilize data to know exactly where each student is on his or her learning continuum and tailor instruction to each individual in ways never before…


A Conversation with the 2015 iNACOL National Blended & Online Learning Teacher of the Year

December 2015. Paula Barr, a second grade teacher with Quail Run School, Lawrence Public Schools (KS) was recently honored as the 2015 Blended & Online Teacher of the Year at the iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Symposium, held in Orlando, Florida. In this webinar, Paula shared her perspective on how blended and online teaching improves student engagement,…