Raising the BAR: Becoming Assessment Ready
Education Networks of America, CoSN and eLearn Institute to Preview Forthcoming Suite of Resources to Prepare Districts for New Online Assessments Nationwide 

Washington, DC (February 10, 2014) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), eLearn Institute and Education Networks of America (ENA) will hold an hour-long webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11, to preview their forthcoming suite of resources – including a white paper – that outline steps school districts should take to prepare for online assessments, including information for districts in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (Smarter Balanced) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortiums. The resources will be publicly available on ENA’s and CoSN’s websites on Wednesday, February 19.

Detailed case studies of three school districts – Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee, Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in Indiana, and West Side School District #202 in Idaho – will be included in the suite of resources. In addition, PARCC and Smarter Balanced have provided answers to frequently asked questions from district technology leaders in both written and video format. Finally, the resources will include readiness recommendations and an accompanying checklist for districts.
During the webinar, leaders from eLearn Institute, Smarter Balanced, PARCC and the profiled districts will discuss the report and related tools.
WHO: 
  • Tom Ryan, CEO, eLearn Institute
  • Brandt Redd, CTO/CIO, Smarter Balanced
  • Susan Van Gundy, Director for Assessment Technology, PARCC
  • John Williams, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (TN)
  • John Keller, Metropolitan School District of Warren Township (IN)
  • Lillian Kellogg, Education Networks of America (ENA)
WHEN: 
Tuesday, February 11
1-2 p.m. ET
REGISTRATION: 
Webinar participation is free for CoSN members and the media. Click here to register.
Press should contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org or Jennifer Cummings atjcummings@cosn.org for details. ENA, CoSN and eLearn Institute request that stories related to the webinar and resources do not run until Wednesday, February 19. 
The webinar is part of CoSN’s 2013-2014 Webinar Series. Learn more at: www.cosn.org/webinars-all.
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visitwww.cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areasannual conference and events,  advocacy and policymembership, and the CETL certification exam.

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Women in School Leadership Award to be Announced Feb. 14

What:  AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will announce the 2014 Women in School Leadership honorees at its National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tenn. This award, co-sponsored by Farmers Insurance and AASA, pays tribute to the talent, creativity and vision by outstanding women in education in our nation’s public schools.

When: The announcement will be made Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, during a General Session from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Central Time)

Who:   The four finalists for Women in School Leadership Awards:

  • Lillie Cox, superintendent, Alamance-Burlington School System, Burlington, N.C.
  • Karen C. Woodward, superintendent, Lexington County, School District One, Lexington, S.C.
  • Andrea Anthony, executive principal, Page High School, Franklin, Tenn.
  • Linda Carrillo, principal, PSJA North High School, Pharr, Texas

The award is broken up into two categories:

·         Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent

·         Central Office/Principal/Specialist

Watch the Video: Meet the four finalists for the 2014 Women in School Leadership Awards. 

Where:  The Nashville Music City Convention Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

More:    To learn more about the 2014 National Conference on Education, visit the conference website.

About AASA

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 10,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visitwww.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.

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2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
The 2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium Program Committee is seeking presentation proposals for sessions and workshops for this year’s conference.
 
This year’s conference will be held from November 4-7, 2014 in Palm Springs, CA. The theme isPowering Personalized Learning and the Request for Presentation Proposals (RFP) is currently available on the conference website. To access the RFP and submit your presentation proposal, please visit http://vssrfp.inacol.org/.
 
iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning and brings together experts, leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field. The annual conference provides invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, trends and research; and thought-provoking sessions for leaders looking to help shape the future of education.

There are focused tracks on:
  • Best practices in K-12 online learning programs, districts and schools
  • Best practices in K-12 blended learning 
  • Developments in K-12 competency-based education
  • Research, Policy & Practice, Quality Assurance & more…

The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Wednesday, March 26, 2014 and the RFP process is entirely online. The Program Committee will notify applicants of proposal status/acceptance no later than June 2nd.
If you have questions regarding the RFP, please contact Ally Swenson, Chair of the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium Program Committee, at vssrfp@inacol.org.
If you have questions about the web-based application tool, please contact Jonathan Oglesby, iNACOL’s Director of External Affairs, at joglesby@inacol.org.
The 2013 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium brought together more than 2,400 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of next generation learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world. Save the Date: November 4-7, 2014.
About iNACOL
The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) 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. 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. To learn more about iNACOL, please visit http://inacol.org.
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