2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

San Antonio, TX | October 25 – 28, 2016

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

Assessment Pathways as a Means to Ensure Equity, Rigor,
+ Personalization for All Students


Kate Gardoqui, Senior Associate | 207.773.0505 | kgardoqui@greatschoolspartnership.org
Mark Kostin, Associate Director | 207.773.0505 |  mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org

As schools implement personalized learning and encourage and support a greater number of pathways where students demonstrate their learning in more varied and individualized ways, the role of assessment becomes increasingly paramount. We must shift to a system that collects evidence of what students can demonstrate they have learned. Resources supporting the design and evaluation of tasks used to assess what students have learned while engaged in different experiences will be shared.

Scoring Criteria

What's Your School's Commitment to Equity?
A Whole School Collaboration Assessment + Readiness Tool


Mark Kostin, Associate Director | 207.773.0505 |  mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org
Michelle Milstein, Senior Associate | 207.773.0505 | mmilstein@greatschoolspartnership.org
David Ruff, Executive Director | 207.773.0505 |  druff@greatschoolspartnership.org

If we personalize learning without addressing equity we run the risk of personalizing learning standards and won’t be successful in decreasing the achievement gaps that persist in our nation’s schools. A deep commitment to examining a school’s practices and to explicitly addressing equity is necessary if we are to succeed in preparing all graduates for college and career readiness. This session will provide participants with hands-on, engaging tools and processes to bring back to their schools.

Proficiency as a Pathway to Equity


Tony Lamair Burks II, Senior Associate | 207.773.0505 | tburks@greatschoolspartnership.org
Angela Hardy, Director of Coaching  | 207.773.0505 |  ahardy@greatschoolspartnership.org

Proficiency-based learning is predicated on the belief that all students can learn if we clarify learning goals, personalize assessment and instruction and expect that students will learn in different ways and at different times. This highly interactive, engaging session will focus on the rationale for, the critical elements of, and the policies that support a proficiency-based learning system as a means to achieve equity for all students.