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Press Release: How Is Competency-Based Learning Advancing Education Innovation?

Discuss the design elements of Competency Education systems with Susan Patrick, CEO of iNACOL, during a free, interactive webinar with Connections Learning by Pearson

Baltimore, MD (April 24, 2014)—While the growth of online and blended learning programs is powering personalized instruction and profoundly changing K-12 education across the United States, many schools still advance students based on the passage of time rather than learning mastery.

“Too many education systems in the U.S. still operate on a seat-time-driven system in which student advancement is tethered to schedules based on the calendar year rather than enabling advancement upon actual mastery of material,” said Mickey Revenaugh, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Connections Education.

High-quality competency-based education systems are necessary to personalizing learning at scale. Competency-based systems should require students to demonstrate mastery before advancing, receive immediate supports for learning, provide flexibility to learn at an individualized pace and ensure that they progress without gaps. Competency-based education is a core component of student-centered, personalized learning, according to Susan Patrick, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

Patrick notes, “When learning gaps are removed from the equation, success is the only option.”

What does a competency-based education system look like and why does it matter for next generation learning?

Educators, administrators, and industry stakeholders are invited to join Susan Patrick and Mickey Revenaugh for a free webinar to discuss the design of Competency Education systems on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 2 PM ET. During the interactive discussion, participants will learn:

• The essentials of competency-based learning
• Design elements for pedagogical shifts in assessment, curriculum and technology planning toward competency-based systems
• How to access new competency-based learning reports

Participants of the complimentary webinar on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 2:00 PM ET may interact with presenters during a live question and answer session. To register, click here or visit ConnectionsLearning.com for more information.

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 focused 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, district and state leaders for new learning models.

About Connections Learning by Pearson
Connections Learning by Pearson is an online learning provider that delivers a full range of quality, affordable, and turnkey online learning solutions to institutions and individuals. Bringing personalized and flexible learning to students everywhere, Connections Learning by Pearson products combine a proven curriculum, the latest instructional tools, certified teachers skilled in online instruction, and state-of-the-art technology. Feature products include: online courses; online summer school; homebound student solutions; credit recovery; the Connexus™ digital learning platform; 21st Century Skills courses; a STEM package; online speech therapy; blended/hybrid programs; and virtual private and public school programs. More than 1000 schools, school districts, state departments of education and other educational institutions, serving tens of thousands of students throughout the United States and beyond, are already utilizing Connections Learning by Pearson products and services. Connections Learning by Pearson and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO). For more information, call 888–440–2890 or visit www.ConnectionsLearning.com.

Media Contact:
LaWanda Stone
(443) 873-1824
lstone@connectionseducation.com

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