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...

Show Your Appreciation to Your Blended Learning Principal

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Many of us in the blended learning world know firsthand that the key to student success is a great school with innovative curriculum, but did you know that the key to a great school is a great principal?

In school-based factors affecting student achievement, leadership has been identified as critical to student success, second only to instruction, according to research conducted by the Wallace Foundation. These leading women and men set the tone and direction of a school, inspire teachers and staff's performance, touch the lives of students, and strengthen communities. They accomplish these remarkable results without requiring thanks or expecting recognition—often investing a great deal of themselves into their work.

Blended learning principals, in particular, are the unsung heroes of a current pedagogical revolution taking place. They are at the helm guiding the implementation of personalized learning, flexible schedules, and changing uses of educational spaces and resources. Without great principals leading the way, many blended learning programs might not have been implemented—and we would not be seeing the resulting sparks of success in our students' eyes.

October is National Principals Month. What better time to thank these phenomenal principals for all the great work they do, and recognize the essential role they play in making a school great?

Why You Should Schedule Time to Learn About Blended Learning Solutions

Contributor: 
Jerry Brodsky

I empathize with the sentiment of annoyance that school administrators feel when they're scheduled to hear a sales pitch on an already busy day. However, as educational leaders, I think we're forgetting something important: This sales person that we're scheduled to meet with will likely provide us with an important educational tool that can do wonders for our school district's success.  

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Teachers Express Their Concerns about Blended Learning

Contributor: 
Renae Abboud

Blended learning implementation in the education space is gaining momentum all over the globe—yet teachers have varying degrees of comfort with this innovative model of instruction. As we transition to new education models, it is important to be cognizant that some teachers are apprehensive about these changes. Administrators who understand the teachers’ concerns can personalize professional development and consulting needs to address the essential instructional component in blended learning.

How to Include Fun in the Online Classroom

Contributor: 
Kelli Hicks

A couple years ago I ran a 5K with my sister. At the same event, my nephew completed a half marathon. At the end of his event, he received a finisher’s medal. However, my sister and I didn’t receive a medal because they didn’t hand them out for any events shorter than the half marathon. I quickly decided that I wanted a medal too. 

100 Percent Graduation Rates for a Public Military Academy

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

In its new series, “Research: Outcomes of Blended/Online Learning Programs,” the Evergreen Education Group takes an in-depth look at successful blended and online programs across the nation to examine the best practices that have created tangible results. We are pleased to share with you some highlights from the Carver Military Academy case study.

Real-Time Student Progress Reports: Simplicity with a Personalized Learning Platform

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham

Monitoring a student’s overall academic performance at any given moment can be an arduous and time-consuming process. A teacher or administrator may need to prompt multiple teachers to provide the latest progress reports in order to put together a complete picture of a student’s performance at that point in time.

Pinpointing any issues the student is experiencing is another uphill battle. For example, if a student is having a rough time in algebra, her teacher may have difficulty pinpointing why.

Five Best Practices of Educational Technology Leaders

Contributor: 
Carolynn Mortensen

Many school leaders understand that integrating technology into the classroom is now a must-have to fully engage their students. These five best practices can help school leaders strengthen their educational leadership skills while building support for the need to include rich digital content in technology-enhanced classrooms.

Using Failed Assessments to Coach Students in an Online Learning Environment

Contributor: 
Kelli Hicks

My Own Learning Coach

When I was in college, I worked part-time as a custodian cleaning one of the buildings on campus. One of our responsibilities was to clean and polish the hard-tile floors in the long hallways. There were three levels of floors, and each one had a different machine with varying levels of difficulty that was used to clean it.

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