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Patrick, Susan; Gentz, Susan – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2016
There is a new state education policy concept termed either innovation zones or districts of innovation. State education agencies interested in shifting their role from enforcing compliance to one of supporting innovation and building capacity in districts are working to spur new innovative instructional models and create space for…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Educational Policy, Student Needs, State Legislation
Glowa, Liz; Goodell, Jim – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2016
The realities of the 21st-century learner require that schools and educators fundamentally change their practice. "Educators must produce college- and career-ready graduates that reflect the future these students will face. And, they must facilitate learning through means that align with the defining attributes of this generation of…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Transformative Learning, Electronic Learning, Learning Processes
Sturgis, Chris – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2016
This paper explores how an Alaskan school district shifted from a traditional K-12 education system to a personalized, performance-based system, embedded in the culture of the community, which led to increased student achievement. Chugach School District (CSD) first implemented competency education over twenty years ago, paving the way in…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Change, Competency Based Education, Performance Based Assessment
Patrick, Susan; Worthen, Maria; Frost, Dale; Gentz, Susan – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2016
Students, teachers, and school leaders are seeking flexibility and supports to enable powerful, personalized learning experiences both inside and outside of the traditional classroom. In personalized learning, instruction is tailored to each student's strengths, needs, and interests--including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when,…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Instruction
Sturgis, Chris – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. In some states, state leadership has cleared the path with policies to advance competency education. This paper seeks to map out the terrain of the district implementation strategies being used to convert traditional systems into personalized,…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Educational Change, Competence, School Districts
Edwards, Dave – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
The changing demands of the 21st century--and the students growing up in it--are generating fundamental challenges to historical assumptions about what education looks like. The challenge today is to provide a deeper level of personalized learning to each and every student so that all can achieve mastery of the Common Core standards and other…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Planning, Instructional Design, Educational Resources
Patrick, Susan; Sturgis, Chris – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
Students will face enormous challenges in the coming years--from an economy shaped by ever-advancing technologies to the impact of globalization--and need the strongest foundation of academic, technical, and problem-solving skills we can offer. In an effort to improve their educational experiences, schools across the country are exploring and…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Patrick, Susan; Myers, John; Silverstein, Justin; Brown, Amanda; Watson, John – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
There is a new conversation taking place in public education on creating systemic incentives through school finance to encourage schools to innovate and be rewarded for positive student outcomes and performance. What if education funding was not based on seat-time, but on rewarding student performance? Performance-based funding is a term that…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Academic Achievement, Educational Finance
Powell, Allison; Watson, John; Staley, Patrick; Patrick, Susan; Horn, Michael; Fetzer, Leslie; Hibbard, Laura; Oglesby, Jonathan; Verma, Sue – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
In 2008, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) produced a series of papers documenting promising practices identified throughout the field of K-12 online learning. Since then, we have witnessed a tremendous acceleration of transformative policy and practice driving personalized learning in the K-12 education space. State,…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Conventional Instruction
Powell, Allison; Roberts, Verena; Patrick, Susan – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2015
Our country has been trying to address the graduation crisis in many ways. We are seeing the impact of the efforts to improve graduation rates over the past twenty years including agreement among states to implement a common cohort-based graduation rate, research-based efforts to improve the transition to 9th grade, increased academic and social…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, Graduation, Graduation Rate
Worthen, Maria; Patrick, Susan – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2014
Imagine a high school student who does not have the opportunity to take all of the courses she needs to get into college. Today, for far too many young people, this is a sobering reality. Public schools around the country may lack the resources, staff, or demand to offer a full catalog of courses. According to recent data from the U.S. Department…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Access to Education, Courses, Public Schools
Worthen, Maria; Patrick, Susan – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2014
Over the last decade, the American education system has seen unprecedented transformation of teaching and learning as educators have grasped the power of new learning models to close achievement gaps and extend access to high-quality learning opportunities. The availability of adaptive digital tools that use data to improve student learning has…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
Powell, Allison; Rabbitt, Beth; Kennedy, Kathryn – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2014
In recent years there has been a dramatic rise in interest and early adoption of blended learning to improve the educational experiences of students. A great amount of work has been done to codify approaches, with tools and resources emphasizing the structural components of new models, such as the configuration of physical learning space, use of…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Teacher Competencies, Educational Experience, Teacher Role
Pace, Lillian; Worthen, Maria – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2014
This paper provides a vision and set of policy recommendations to help federal, state, and local leaders develop the workforce necessary to support teaching and learning in a competency-based K-12 education system. Part One, Pre-service and Credentialing for K-12 Competency-Based Learning Environments, provides policymakers with a framework and…
Descriptors: Competence, Teacher Competencies, Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement
Bristow, Sara Frank; Patrick, Susan – International Association for K-12 Online Learning, 2014
"An International Study in Competency Education: Postcards from Abroad" seeks to highlight components of competency education in international practice, to inform US policymakers and decision makers seeking to implement high-quality competency pathways at the state or local level. Other countries are studying our innovations, and we are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Competency Based Education, Definitions
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