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?

You Should Care About CTE Pathways for Manufacturing

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

In this blog series, we delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In this post, we focus on the manufacturing industry.

There are many reasons why you, and your students, should care about the manufacturing industry! Manufacturing employs a remarkably large share of the labor force and produces materials required by consumers and sectors such as national infrastructure and defense. Modern manufacturing contributes to economic growth and raises both the technological stock and skills of a country. It is the backbone of our country and can be a strategic advantage for countries worldwide.

The Fascinating Four Forms of Blended Learning

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

What Is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is a rapidly growing instructional model that is redefining the educational landscape. Schools across the country are using blended learning programs to personalize learning. These programs have resulted in greater productivity for teachers and better outcomes for students because students receive the attention, support, and resources they need—and teachers can spend more time differentiating instruction.

As blended learning implementation continues to grow, it’s important to create a shared language with understandable definitions that enables educators to continue to revolutionize the K–12 sector. Knowing the possibilities of blended learning, and all of the options that come with it, is an important step to creating an innovative educational experience for students, teachers, and administrators. 

6 Tips to Jumpstart Blended Learning

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

Fuel Education recently asked educators from around the country to offer practical tips on blended learning that others could use in their schools. We narrowed their responses down to six tips to help you jumpstart blended learning in this new school year. Originally published in a convenient downloadable guidebook, Blended Learning Tips from Educators to Jumpstart Learning, we offer a shortened overview here.

Seven Ways to Celebrate National Online Learning Day

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

What Is National Online Learning Day?

National Online Learning Day, September 15, recognizes the advantages and potential of blended and online learning programs and the accomplishments of districts, schools, administrators, teachers, staff, and students who use them. The day seeks to cultivate awareness of, and support for, an ever-growing community of educators and learners who participate in blended and online education. No matter your role within blended and online learning, it is time to celebrate!

Evolving technology is making education more manageable and convenient for every generation. The power of online technology has knocked down barriers and built bridges in education. Every day, school administrators and teachers are helping students craft a personalized learning experience with blended and online learning. National Online Learning Day brings nationwide recognition to these trailblazing participants.

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.  

Open-Space Learning Center Ignites Passion for Blended Learning

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

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 Springs Studio for Academic Excellence case study.

CTE Curriculum Yields Promising Future in Business Management and Administration

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

In this blog series, we delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In our last post, we explored the need to prepare students for careers in the information technology field. In this post, we focus on business management and administration.

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. 

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