Making the Blended Learning Choice

Contributor: 
Jerry Brodsky

When making a decision to implement or expand a blended learning program, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the vast amount of information available. The number of vendors offering online curriculum and instructional services grows every year. So, how do you make a decision on which one to use? How do you sift through all the material on your desk and finally make a choice?

Just Do It

Here are some steps to help you cut through the clutter when selecting a blended learning provider:

Step 1: Decide Your Focus

What do you hope to accomplish through implementing blended learning in your school or district? Write down your goals...

Pivoting to Blended Education with Remarkable Success

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Pivot Charter School Tampa (PCS) is a 6–12 grade site-based charter school in Tampa, FL, with an enrollment of 300 students. The school employs a blended learning model, combining one-to-one teaching with a traditional education environment.

The Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, the 8th largest school district in the United States, sponsored Pivot Charter School because it wanted a blended learning option located within the district, where students could work at their own pace and take elective courses not offered at their traditional middle or senior high schools.

PCS opened in August 2011, and later began using Fuel Education curriculum in January 2014. This transition ignited measurements of success for the school. From June 2014 to August 2014, PCS’s retention rate was 78 percent, which improved to 81 percent from June 2015 to August 2015. PCS’s graduation rate increased from 61 percent in 2013 to 80 percent in 2015. PCS also bested state averages across the board in the 2015 Math assessments.

The Impact of Pikes Peak Early College

Contributor: 
Fuel Education

A semester has passed, and life at the newly established Pikes Peak Early College has settled into a routine. This unique blended learning, early college program is having a profound impact on staff, administrators, and especially students as they reach new academic heights and grow personally.

Reaching these new heights takes support from all those around. The tight-knit PPEC community is like a family that permeates all aspects of the educational experience and has emerged as a key aspect that impacts all. The unique rapport between students, teachers, counselors, and administrators creates an atmosphere where everyone flourishes, both personally and professionally.