5 Key Steps in Planning and Implementing a Blended Learning Program
Blended learning is a rapidly growing instructional model that is helping teachers personalize the learning experience. Blended learning programs are enabling students to move at their own pace and receive personalized assistance from teachers when and where they need it. But many educators who don’t have much experience with blended learning aren’t sure of the best place to start in considering this for their district.
This webinar is about the 5 steps of implementing a blended learning program and the planning process, as well as best practices from educators who have done it.
1. Strategy —What are the key factors you need to consider in your plan?
2. Alignment—Who are your biggest stakeholders, and how to involve them?
3. Plan—What are the key milestones you need to include?
4. Implement—Who and what resources will you need to consider?
5. Review—How will you measure success?
Lori Krist, Online Coordinator, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Calif.
Josh Wilson, Assistant principal, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Calif.
Renae Abboud, Education Consultant, Fuel Education
Faster, Smarter: Operating Efficient, Successful Online and Blended Learning Programs
Learn how Tres Tyvand and the Bend La Pine School District in Oregon has leveraged automated engagement tools in their online learning programs, for enrollment and on-boarding students to provide weekly academic progress reports to students, teachers and administrators. In additional to saving thousands of dollars on administrative costs, they have automated more than 13 different processes - making each more timely and accurate, and improving the student, teacher and administrator experience.
Topics will include:
- How to create programs to personalize learning for students and customize their experience
- How to create and grow online and blended learning programs without hiring more staff
- Tactics for creating engagement among administrators, teachers and students
- Steps to automate processes, freeing up time to focus on student success
Turning Snow Days Into E-Learning Days - How to Use Online Learning to Finish School on Time
Unusually severe winter weather across the country has forced districts to cancel classes for days and even weeks at a time. But, districts like the Northeastern Local School in Ohio and Lacey Online Learning Academy in New Jersey are using online learning to keep students on track, despite inclement weather. Join your colleagues for a discussion of the challenges they faced this year from severe weather, how they have used online learning to help, and what their plans are for the future.
Topics will included:
- Challenges schools face with severe weather cancelations
- How schools have implemented e-learning days and the benefits
- The differences in how states address weather emergencies and making up time
- Success stories in implementing online learning
Lou Kramer, Superintendent, Northeastern Local School District
Matt Gallatin, Director of Virtual Programs, Northeastern Local School District
Jim Handschuch, Principal, Lacey Online Learning Academy
Carly Londrigan, Online Facilitator, Lacey Online Learning Academy
Diana Richie, National Director, Performance Improvement, Fuel Education
Fueling a Personalized Learning Revolution in Secondary Education
- Ten benefits and key elements of personalized learning
- Case studies from fast growing secondary school programs
- Critical design principles that will drive program success
- How personalized, blended learning can improve access to high-quality learning opportunities for secondary students
Creating a Comprehensive Personalized Learning Strategy
- The definition and benefits of personalized learning
- Common challenges when implementing personalized learning
- How personalized learning fits into blended and online learning
- Examples of districts personalizing learning today
Personalized and Blended Learning Success: 25 Tips from Experienced Educators
Leveraging Online Learning to Meet the Needs of Diverse Populations Across the District
Homebound Education: Best Practices for District Implementation
- Implemented homebound education
- The challenges they faced
- How they addressed the challenges
- The results they have seen
Practical Approach to Making Virtual and Blended Learning Successful in Your District
This presentation will provide superintendents with the framework to build or modify their own sustainable online and blended programs to meet their specific academic and financial needs. Grounded in the success of the Quakertown Community School District's online/blended learning program, the session will focus on best practices of program design and valuable lessons learned in building a successful virtual program.
The five elements in planning a virtual and blended learning program
- Strategic planning
- Academic and financial support structures
- Learning management systems
- Program marketing/promotion
- Program evaluation
- Real-world examples from the Quakertown Community School District
- Costs to consider when implementing an online program
Dr. Christopher Harrington, Director of Virtual Education Services, Bridges Virtual Education Services, Former Director of Technology and Cyber Education, Quakertown Community School District
Diana Richie, National Director of Professional Services, Fuel Education
Implementing Blended Learning District-Wide
Falcon School District 49 in Colorado Springs has implemented blended learning for a wide range of students, resulting in improved student outcomes, more individualized learning and flexible scheduling for students and their families. Falcon recently opened a dedicated blended learning facility in the community, designed to provide a “Google meets Starbucks” environment—achieving the goal of reducing overcrowding in the traditional schools while providing students with a place where they are excited about learning.
Attend this web seminar to hear best practices about implementing blended learning from administrators in the 15,000-student Falcon School District 49. The district first piloted an online school in 2010 with 59 students, and today operates a diverse and successful online learning portfolio, serving more than 1,400 students. Hear about an approach to blended learning they have refined over several years that is currently proving to be very effective in helping traditional and nontraditional students excel.
- Lessons learned from Falcon 49's blended learning implementation
- Keys to creating a "blended" program with both online and in-person components
- How to foster the right culture and environment to ensure successonline learning vs. traditional education.
David Knoche, Principal, Falcon Virtual Academy
Jodi Fletcher, Assistant Principal, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence (formerly Falcon Virtual Academy)
Lindsey Smith, Senior Client Services Manager, Fuel Education
Manage Your Online Learning Program from Your iPhone with PEAK¹² Office Mobile
With the dramatic increase in adoption of online learning programs, FuelEd has developed PEAK —an easy-to-use open technology platform designed to improve student outcomes and maximize district budgets. PEAK Office Mobile lets teachers, administrators, and mentors securely monitor student progress and access reports from an iPhone from anywhere.
Kurt Eisele-Dyrli, Web Seminar Editor, District Administration
Mike DePalma, Director, Product Strategy and Management, Fuel Education
Benchmark your K–12 Online Learning Programs
As an increasing number of schools and school districts adopt online learning as a way to boost graduation rates, address multiple student populations, expand their course catalogs, and personalize learning, understanding the challenges and obstacles that educators face as they introduce new programs is key.
This benchmark survey includes:
- The five highest-rated factors critical to successful implementation of credit recovery, online courses, and full-time online schooling
- How U.S. school districts define quality in online learning programs
The second annual benchmark survey reports on what U.S. school districts consider to be critical success factors when implementing online learning programs—from credit recovery and online courses to full-time online programs. The survey also highlights how experienced online-learning users define quality and compare the cost of online learning vs. traditional education.
Marci Goldberg, Dedicated Analyst, EdNet Insight, and President, K-12 Market Advisors, LLC
Mary E. Fluharty, Coordinator of Online Learning, Alexandria City school district
Laura Belnap, Director, Utah Online School K-12
Improving Outcomes for Homebound/Alternative Education Students with Online Learning
In this webinar, Kim Spencer, senior manager of the FuelEd Homebound Education program, will outline the unique logistical, educational, and emotional obstacles that homebound students face as they attempt to balance academics and recovery.
She will also discuss how she is currently working with districts across the country to help their students overcome these obstacles and stay engaged and on-track with school work, while partnering with the school district to operate an online program at a lesser cost than their traditional program.
Topics to be covered include:
- The #1 reason hospitalized or homebound students often fail in traditional models
- How a targeted online homebound education program can be less costly while improving educational outcomes
- How FuelEd provides homebound students access to the same rigorous learning experience as their in-school classmates
- How this model also works effectively in alternative education environments, such as addiction center or juvenile detention facility
25 Ideas About Online Learning in 25 Minutes
In this webinar, a panel of experts in online learning share a wealth of bright ideas about how to implement and maintain successful full-time and blended online learning programs. From how to hire online teachers, to implementation and onboarding of students, to what outcomes to expect, our panel of experts has seen it all and is excited to share their lessons learned.
This webinar included:
- Lessons learned when implementing an online program
- Planning and strategy, including how to pick your curriculum
- How to set the right culture and environment to be successful
- How to select and train teachers, administrators, and mentors
- What outcomes to expect from your online students
Keith Wilson, Principal, Lawrence Virtual School in Kansas
Tres Tyvand, Online Program Plus Coordinator, Bend-La Pine Schools in Oregon
Carol Keenan, Director of Virtual Education and Teacher Programs, Virtual Independent School Network (VISNET) in North Carolina
Gregg Levin, General Manager, Fuel Education