White Paper Developed with Getting Smart Examines How Schools and Districts are Scaling Online and Blended Learning Programs
WASHINGTON and VIRGINIA, February 26, 2015 – Personalized learning solutions provider, Fuel Education™, in association with education advocacy firm, Getting Smart®, today released a white paper exploring how schools and districts are not only implementing online and blended learning programs to address students’ individual needs, but also successfully scaling the personalized learning experience delivered through those programs.
In February 2014, Getting Smart and Fuel Education (FuelEd™) released Fueling a Personalized Learning Revolution in Secondary Education, which highlighted how personalized and blended learning is improving access to high quality education opportunities for secondary students.
In this follow-up paper, How to Successfully Scale Personalized Learning: Six Key Lessons from Effective Programs, the focus shifts from individual students and courses to explore the question of scale. Getting Smart interviewed educators from a wide range of schools and districts and captured key lessons experienced by those educators in extending learning opportunities for all of their students.
The new paper features: a framework for scaling personalized learning; the six key lessons from educators who have successfully scaled their personalized learning programs; benefits being realized today by schools and districts who are scaling their programs; and recommendations for school leaders and educators who wish to scale.
Dr. Carri Schneider, Getting Smart’s Director of Policy and Research one of the authors of the paper, said, “Many schools and districts are now recognizing the benefits of blended and online learning. But this is still new to many schools. Only a small percentage of these districts have started to scale their offerings. We wanted to learn from those programs. This paper reflects key lessons learned from programs that have successfully scaled their blended and online learning opportunities.”
The six key lessons identified by educators that are described in the paper are:
1. Simplifying the teacher and student experience
2. Customizing courses and content
3. Partnering to extend access and boost outcomes
4. Investing in your leaders and teachers
5. Growing with a “stairstep” approach
6. Rewarding and recognizing success
Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, said, “Partnerships are important in helping districts scale personalized learning. Powerful partnerships, like those featured in this paper, allow educators to focus on what they do best which is providing excellent instruction. The benefits of scaled blended and online learning include vast array of course offerings, a simplified tech experience, and customize content. Partnerships help create personalized learning at scale.”
As a mission-driven organization Getting Smart® is passionate about accelerating and amplifying innovations in teaching and learning that put students at the core. Getting Smart, an education advocacy firm, provides strategic, marketing, communications, content creation and professional learning services that turn ideas into impact. GettingSmart.com is a community of learners and contributors that cover important events, trends, products and publications across K-12, early, post-secondary education and lifelong learning opportunities.
About Fuel Education
Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.
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