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Student Profile: A Personalized Experience
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Follow a student focused on goals: setting, planning, and persisting. Craig Gastauer is working to bring students and teachers together at the design table so that they may co-create relevant, authentic, and meaningful learning experiences. 

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Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning If It’s Not Personal?
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It makes perfect sense why there is a push for personalized learning in our schools. It is a well-intentioned response to the standardized curriculum and instructional practices that date back to the last century. As an ideal, personalized learning aims to provide instructional experiences tailored to each learner’s preferences and interests, and at a pace appropriate to their needs.

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2 The PL Graduate

Student achievement is at the center of all work, and the driver of all decisions. Campuses identify what competencies students need to succeed and provide students with the tools and opportunities to be self-directed on their pathway to success…

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Helpful Tools For Providing Effective Competency-Based Education
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Take a look at the sampling of tools that represent some of the best CBE-capable edtech in the areas of learning platforms/learning management systems, curriculum resources, assessment/reporting, and platforms that fall outside of these categories...

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Learning What Works Through Looking at Student Work
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Craig Gastauer is working to bring students and teachers together at the design table so that they may co-create relevant, authentic, and meaningful learning experiences.

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Personalized Learning Embraced in New Federal Career and Technical Education Law
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On July 31, 2018, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act passed the House and the Senate unanimously.

This marks a major win for workforce training advocates, but more importantly, for the students who will benefit from continued federal investment in high quality career readiness programs. The law’s many improvements will ensure that more students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to attain good paying and in demand jobs…so many of these improvements align with the growing shift to create more personalized and competency-based learning environments…

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iNACOL Teacher Talk Webinar
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Strategies for Teachers to Develop Global Citizenship in Students

Thursday, December 14, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

On Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, iNACOL is hosting a Teacher Talk webinar to share strategies teachers can use to develop important global citizenship skills and dispositions in students through personalized, competency-based learning models.

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8 Things to Look For in a Student-Centered Learning Environment
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When you walk into a school, what do you look for? When envisioning what type of learning environment is ideal for your child or the students you work with, what are the most important characteristics? What are the most positive, memorable experiences from your own schooling?

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Shifting Paradigms: Moving from an Instructional Paradigm to a Learning Paradigm

The instructional paradigm, still in place in most schools, was primarily designed to support the function of teaching, or more specifically, the delivery of information from instructor to student. For practical reasons the design favored efficiency, which led to batch processing of students, segmentation of content areas, and credits based on seat time.

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Variability Matters
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The myth of the average learner and its impact on schools is presented along with assumptions about learning and new strategies to consider when designing learning opportunities for students.

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Does Competency-Based Education Make the Grade
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A decade ago, the state board of education required local districts to adopt this approach, and since then, districts have been making the switch.  We'll find out what competency-based education really it's working at the classroom level....and whether it's living up to promises made.

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The Graduate Profile: A Focus on Outcomes
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These profiles help schools direct resources toward building student competencies. See how they work.

By Ken Kay

Unlike a mission or vision statement, a graduate profile is a document that a school or district uses to specify the cognitive, personal, and interpersonal competencies that students should have when they graduate. Co-created with input from key stakeholders, this profile is a clear visualization of priority goals for teaching and learning that can be easily communicated to students, parents, faculty, and staff to align their collective efforts. Until you identify and prioritize these competencies for your school or district, you won't have a shared vision of your destination.

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Personalized Learning: The Importance of Teachers in a Technology Driven World
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In today's technology-driven world, teachers may no longer be the sole keepers of knowledge in the classroom. The introduction of one-to-one initiatives, online classrooms, blended-learning models, and the overall rise of technology in classrooms allow for students to have far more access to constant information than past generations. Personalized learning thrives in this technology-rich environment, but is insufficient on its own to revolutionize a student's classroom experience.

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Five Examples of Effective School Communication Strategies, on Five Different Platforms
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Communicating effectively to people throughout your school district presents several challenges. What's your message, who needs to hear what and, more and more, what vehicle is the most appropriate for each message. As digital platforms proliferate, things can be both quicker and easier. The challenge remains as it always has, though: how do you make best use of the marketing vehicle to deliver your message?

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