Wrench in the Gears
May 2, 2017
Last week Susan Patrick of iNACOL (International Association of K12
Online Learning) and Chris Sturgis of CompetencyWorks presented “An
Overview of K12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and
Teachers.” The webinar and slides can be accessed here. Compare the slides below and consider the gravity of our situation.
The first (above) shows the reach of Competency-Based Education policies today. Only Wyoming remains untouched.
The second shows the reach of those policies in 2012.
The Carnegie Corporation has signed on as a sponsor of iNACOL’s 2017 National Summit on Competency Based Education to the tune of $50,000. A list of 2016 sponsors can be found here.
Last September the Gates Foundation awarded iNACOL a grant
“to develop an evidence-based report that identifies how personalized
learning is emerging in the United States, what the drivers for moving
to personalized learning are, and identification of patterns of why and
how personalized learning is taking hold.”
In 2014 the Nellie Mae Education Foundation awarded a grant
to “support iNACOL in the development of an integrated learning system
that provides a platform for a school’s learning environment by enabling
the management, delivery and tracking of student-centered learning and
includes robust reporting and analytics capabilities.”
This week the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Digital Promise
are bringing hundreds of researchers, teachers, entrepreneurs,
professors, administrators, and philanthropists to Washington, DC to
collaborate on EdTech Efficacy Research. Click here for bios of working group members who will be finessing data analytics that will set the stage for widespread adoption of impact investing in public education.
With the Ed Reform 2.0 transition well underway, it is imperative that education activists familiarize themselves iNACOL’s operations. The organization’s 2014 tax filing
states their mission is to “Ensure all students have access to a
world-class education and quality blended and online learning
opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success.” Susan
Patrick, President and CEO, left her position as Director of the US
Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology in 2005 to
launch iNACOL. While at the US DOE, she was the primary architect of the 2004 National Educational Technology Plan. Her LinkedIn profile
notes she earned degrees in English and Communications and was employed
as a legislative liaison and administrator of educational technology
programs, but never taught or worked in a K-12 school setting.
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