Author: Eliot Levine

It’s Time to Submit Proposals to the iNACOL Symposium

February 13, 2019 by

The iNACOL Symposium will be held on October 28-31, 2019 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California.

iNACOL is now accepting Requests for Presentation Proposals to present at the iNACOL Symposium, held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California on October 28-31, 2019. This year’s theme is: Shining a Light on the Future of Learning. iNACOL’s annual conference is the premier learning conference for those driving the transformation of education systems and accelerating the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators gather and work to transform education.

To access the RFP and submit your proposal to present, please click hereThe deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You can download the RFP questions in advance by clicking this link. The iNACOL Program Committee will notify applicants of proposal status no later than Monday, May 6, 2019. (more…)

What’s New in K-12 Competency-Based Education?

February 8, 2019 by

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  • iNACOL just released our 2019 State Policy Priorities and 2019 Federal Policy Priorities. These briefs provide a long-range vision of reforms needed to create personalized, competency-based learning environments to ensure that all students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they will need to achieve success and advance society.
  • In How to Design a Competency-Based Assessment, Eric Hudson, the Director of Learning and Teaching at Global Online Academy, provides an overview of four main steps: articulating competencies, developing evidence, building student-friendly rubrics, and creating learning experiences – with extensive links to more detailed information.
  • In Designing Advisory Systems: Innovative Approaches from High Schools, Springpoint provides five case studies of advisory systems that aim to build community, create a safe environment, and ensure that every student has a trusted adult invested in their success. Each school has a different approach to advisory, customized to its students and context, so the report provides a variety of helpful models and program elements.


Webinar on Submitting Your Proposal to Present at iNACOL Symposium 2019 (February 4, 3:00 p.m. ET)

January 29, 2019 by

iNACOL WebinarInterested in presenting at the 2019 Symposium in Palm Springs, CA? Please join iNACOL for a webinar focused on developing session topics and presentations that will stand out in the upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) process, on February 4 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

We also have tips to help you generate meaningful collaboration, foster engagement, and effectively share knowledge during your session.

You can register for the webinar here. The presenters are Bruce Friend, iNACOL Chief Operating Officer, and Natalie Abel Slocum, iNACOL Strategic Partnerships Director.

Webinar on Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education (January 9, 2pm ET)

January 5, 2019 by

iNACOL WebinarPlease join us for a webinar focused on rethinking the educator workforce, on January 9 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The webinar is based on iNACOL’s new publication, Moving Toward Mastery: Growing, Developing and Sustaining Educators for Competency-Based Education, which re-envisions professional practice, learning, and development for educators in competency-based education. (more…)

Introducing the New CompetencyWorks Director

January 1, 2019 by
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With my students and my son in 2006

When I was a high school teacher, a wonderful student of mine scored too low on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery to achieve his dream of joining the Army. His IEP included reading issues, and English was his second language, although he spoke it fluently. Disappointed but undeterred, he landed a job in security services and later became my first student to earn a college degree—in criminal justice. Now at age 30, he is still doing great. Maybe the ASVAB didn’t fully capture his abilities?

Many CompetencyWorks readers are determined to transform the education system so that every student has what they need to develop their full capacities. That determination is why I’m thrilled to be iNACOL’s new Research Director, with oversight of CompetencyWorks as one of my exciting projects.

My personal voyage to iNACOL has been circuitous. After earning degrees in electrical engineering and psychology, I transitioned to the field of education with a summer doing outreach to street children in Guatemala City and my dissertation on Latino parents’ involvement in Boston elementary schools.

For my post doc, I researched the intensively student-centered learning approach of the Met School in Providence, Rhode Island and wrote a book about them. Impressed by their work, I went to work for the organization that was spreading their model nationally (Big Picture Learning), and then became a teacher at the Met School for four years. (The photo accompanying this post shows me and a few of my students on graduation day, plus my son, who is a couple feet taller now.) (more…)

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