RETHINK: Planning and Designing for K-12 Next Generation Learning is a new toolkit for navigating blended and competency-based learning.

The toolkit is a result of the partnership between the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC).

The NGLC grant program, funded by the Gates Foundation and managed by Educause is a great framework for next-gen schools.  We think Every State Should Run A Next-Gen Learning Challenge.

Kristen Vogt explains “this new toolkit from NGLC and iNACOL helps educators figure out their own goals in blended, personalized, competency-based learning and the pathway to change that best fits their community and students. Rather than offering a prescriptive model to follow, the toolkit organizes the most helpful publications, websites, and tools available today around four key issues: understanding next generation learning models; planning for and managing change; designing next generation learning opportunities; and engaging the planning team and stakeholders in the process.”

This model of learning if used effectively should result in learning experiences that are student-centered and student-owned, competency based and blended. It also has the potential to loosen the resource constraints of traditional programs – time, human capital, and space.

Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 8.34.47 PMKristen Vogt of NGLC and Kathryn Kennedy of iNACOL have a great outline of the paper with a short introduction of what else you can expect from the toolkit over at Blend My Learning. For more, check out iNACOL’s Special Edition Webinars on the toolkit this Thursday at 3pm ET.

For more planning tools see the DLN Blended Learning Implementation Guide (and watch for version 2.0 in August).

For more, see the NGLC Profiles of 20 next-gen high schools and this three part series on attributes common to NGLC grantees:

Disclosures: Digital Learning Now! is a Getting Smart Advocacy Partner. Tom is a director at iNACOL.


  1. […] 1. This week our friends at iNACOL and NGLC released a toolkit for charter, district, and school leaders to help them understand the concepts and design of next gen learning programs, schools, and initiatives. RE-THINK: Planning and Design for K-12 Next Generation Learning focuses on the early stages of leading the transition, designing the learner, and engaging others in the community to get on board with next generation learning.  Through the toolkit, educators can begin the adventure of design and planning; all while having the students in mind. To learn more about this great tool see our feature.   […]


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