WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is hosting a Special Edition webinar to examine and discuss the new federal K-12 education law replacing No Child Left Behind, The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and how it supports personalized learning. Yesterday, President Obama made history by signing The Every Student Succeeds Act into law which reauthorizes and updates the nation's guiding federal education policy, known also as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
In a statement released yesterday, iNACOL applauded President Obama and the United States Congress for their historic, bipartisan effort to improve federal k-12 education law for all students.
The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states increased flexibility to redesign assessments for student-centered learning, to rethink accountability for new learning models, and to modernize educator and leadership development. The law also provides funding to states and districts to implement personalized learning and invests in research on the digital equity gap.
In this webinar, iNACOL's Vice President for Federal and State Policy Maria Worthen will provide an overview of the bill's key provisions and discuss the implications for states, addressing what this shift in policy means for competency-based, blended and online learning.
"The historic action by President Obama and the United States Congress to reauthorize ESEA removes federal barriers and opens opportunities for states to shift toward personalized learning," said Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO. "The Every Student Succeeds Act aligns federal K-12 education policy with state and local efforts to develop personalized, competency-based education systems—to close achievement gaps, prepare more students for college and career and reduce inequities in K-12 education."
This webinar is free to attend. iNACOL invites participants to register here for final details and login information.
- Maria Worthen, Vice President for Federal and State Policy, iNACOL
- Aisha Woodward, Legislative Assistant to Senator Angus King (I-ME)
The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to design powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter.
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