2018 iNACOL Symposium

Nashville, TN I October 21 – 24, 2018

Great Schools Partnership is honored to send six members of our team to present at this year’s iNACOL Symposium. Below you will find materials and resources for each of the presentations.

Every Voice Matters: Leading for Equity and Personalization Through Authentic Community Engagement | October 22, 10:00 am-12:15 pm

Measuring What Matters: Using Assessment of Transferable Skills To Re-Imagine Learning in a Competency-Based System | October 22, 10:00 am-12:15 pm

Students and parents want schools to give young people chances to think creatively, communicate effectively, and solve real problems. Employers and colleges want high-school grads who can organize time, work on teams, and confront complex tasks without giving up. These skills can be taught. They can be assessed. And classrooms become more equitable, dynamic, and personal when these skills are at the heart of all teaching and learning.  In this session, we will work with resources that can be used to help schools build unified, competency-based systems for teaching transferable skills.

The Transferable Skills – Research and Resources
Great Schools Partnership Transferable Skills Site
Student Work Example 2
Student Work Example 5
Student Work Example 7
Student Work Example 8
Student Work Example 10
Student Work Example 17


Kate Gardoqui | Senior Associate | kgardoqui@greatschoolspartnership.org
Andrea Weisman Summers | Co-Director of Coaching | asummers@greatschoolspartnership.org

Elements of Effective Instruction that Drive the Transformation of Learning | October 22, 2:15-3:15 pm

Why are engagement, improved outcomes, and deeper learning so elusive despite the progress we’ve made to design competency-based systems and roll out personalization? Without a pedagogical framework that guides and supports the design of experiences that take advantage of such systems, we will fall short of the ambitious learning goals every one of our students must meet. During this session, we will share a framework that charts a path to greater engagement through relationships, classroom environment, complex thinking and student agency.

Elements of Effective Instruction
Elements of Effective Instruction Self-Assessment
Elements of Effective Instruction Resources
Global Best Practices, 2nd edition

Mark Kostin | Associate Director | mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org
Tony Lamair Burks II | Senior Associate | tburks@greatschoolspartnership.org