Second Annual Unofficial Guide to iNACOL Symposium 2017

Jessica McLean

It’s time once again for the annual iNACOL Symposium! This year the symposium is back in Orlando at the Swan and Dolphin Resort. The October 23–25, 2017, event brings together experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, and researchers from across the nation to share ideas to transform education. There are more than 200 sessions, each with a specific track to guide attendees toward sessions that fit their unique professional learning needs. Plus, the symposium is an incredible, once-a-year opportunity to network.

If you have yet to register, do it soon! If you are already set to go, Fuel Education has compiled a few key things to remember as we present our “Second Annual Unofficial Guide” to all things symposium related.


1. Plan, plan, plan.

Make sure you’ve scoped out the sessions you’re interested in before the symposium begins, so you can maximize your time there. To find the conference agenda, click here. You’ll find three jam-packed days featuring an array of industry thought leaders, so planning ahead is a must.

Set goals for what you want to get out of the conference personally and for your school or district, and make a list of the speakers and attendees you want to connect with. Use this information to determine which sessions to attend.


Session highlights:

Knocking Down Barriers Statewide: Best Practices in Delivering Students a World of Opportunities through Online Learning

Northern Salon A3
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 4:00 PM–5:00 PM

  • Pam Sovis, Online Learning Portal Facilitator, Technology & Media Services, Genesee Intermediate School District
  • Renae Abboud, Director, Education Solutions Services, Fuel Education

Terry Goodlet, Education Solution Specialist, Fuel Education

Download our flyer to learn more about this session.


2. Download the 2017 Symposium mobile app.

iNACOL provides a free app that will become your best friend during the conference. It has a variety of features that will help you get the most out of the conference, including the ability to:

  • Build your own personal conference schedule
  • Connect with fellow attendees during and after the conference
  • Discover people and ideas that align with your interests or needs

The app also allows you to share information and resources through a variety of social media networks. Be sure to use #iNACOL17 when you tweet!

Click here to learn more about the app!


3. Enter for a chance to win an Amazon Echo!

Be sure to visit booth #212 to watch demos of Fuel Education’s hottest products. You’ll have a chance to win an Amazon Echo just for stopping in!


Featured demos:

  • Help Increase Test Scores with Stride™, an Adaptive Learning Tool
    Tuesday, Oct. 24, 9:30–9:45 AM
  • Re-imagine the Online Learning Experience with our Summit™ Curriculum and new Credit Recovery Courses
    Tuesday, Oct. 24, 3:30–3:45 PM
  • Prepare Students for the Workforce with Career Readiness Pathways™
    Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9:30–9:45 AM
  • Close the Achievement Gap for English Language Learners
    Wednesday, Oct. 25, 3:30–3:45 PM

Download our flyer to learn more about these demos.

4. Attend a pre-conference workshop.

If you’re looking for a deeper dive into a topic, the pre-conference workshops are definitely worth a go. Although not included in the conference package, there are a number of focused full-day, morning, and afternoon workshops that offer highly interactive sessions for administrators, educators and policymakers. Space is limited to ensure small group interaction, so be sure to register early!

Here’s an example of an informative workshop to attend, or see the full workshop list here.


Building a Successful and High-Quality Online Learning Program

  • Edi Cox, Horry County Schools
  • Stacie M. Ahrens-Mininberg, Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Mary Fluharty, Online and Blended Learning Consultant

Bridging the gap between the idea of creating an online learning program and actually launching one is an exciting and challenging journey. Facilitated by experienced district and school leaders who have successfully launched online programs, this workshop will provide participants with ideas on how to address some of the critical questions that you will encounter as you seek to build a high-quality online learning program.


5. Don’t miss the keynote speakers!

Many attendees find the keynote speeches the most inspiring part of the conference. They are great opportunities to hear education experts and thought leaders share their experiences and visions for the future of education. This year, keynote topics include:

  • Personalized, Learner-Centered Innovations to Transform Lives and Communities
  • Learning by Design: Breakthrough Models for Empowering Youth and Innovation for Educational Excellence
  • Leading Systems Change toward Student-Centered Learning

The student panel during lunch on Thursday is always a favorite! You’ll be inspired by these students as they share their first-hand accounts of shifting from a traditional education model to a learner-centered education model. Send your questions to the students through Twitter using #iNACOL17.



If you’re interested in some of the eats that Orlando has to offer, be sure to check out Orlando Weekly's list of drool-worthy food waiting for you in Florida: 28 New Orlando Restaurants to Watch For.

Did we mention how awesome booth #212 was going to be? Hope we see you there!

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