Author - Emily Kirk

5 Questions: How to Grow Your Blended Learning Program

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Blended learning is a huge investment for administrators and teachers as they work to restructure schedules, buildings, and even curriculums to accommodate this change. As such, many schools and districts start small with a select group of teachers and students who test the program to make sure it is effectively helping students succeed. Once that program has proven to be successful with higher test scores, graduation rates, or other measurements, many administrators may begin looking to expand. The question is, how? We break that question down into five considerations to explain how to grow your blended learning program.
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Stay Warm with Thoughts of Virtual Summer School

Summer school provides students with flexibility and freedom not often afforded during the regular school year. During my junior year of high school, I was overloaded with extracurricular activities so I spent the summer taking an art course that I just couldn’t fit into my schedule otherwise. I was also debating what major I wanted to declare when I went to college, so exploring different subjects was really important to me. That summer, I squeezed in a photography class and it helped me decide (a few years later) to change my major to art history.

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What’s Up With… Competency-Based Learning?

It seems that every day there is a new education buzzword that pushes teachers to change the way they teach, so when people began discussing competency-based learning, educators and policymakers were cautiously optimistic. But as Illinois’ Department of Education joins New Hampshire, Michigan, and Ohio in incorporating competency-based learning into their policy, the buzz around this new learning strategy is gaining steam. Here, we define competency-based learning and discuss how can you incorporate the techniques from this new methodology into your classroom, school, and district.

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5 Questions: What to Ask Providers When Shopping for Blended Learning Solutions

5 Questions: What to Ask Providers When Shopping for Blended Learning Solutions

As blended learning continues to gain momentum and show increased success, you may be considering making the switch. If you are looking to incorporate technology into your classrooms by augmenting teacher lectures, replacing textbooks, transforming traditional homework, or even trying out a new classroom environment (i.e., flipped or station rotation) you are probably filled with questions. Here we address the top five things to ask potential providers when shopping for blended learning solutions. Read More

American Education Week 2017: What Are We Doing Well? [Infographic]

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Each year, American Education Week provides an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor the teachers, administrators, and educational professionals who are making a difference. Since the first observance in 1921, the National Education Association, American Legion, US Office of Education, and PTA join together with other partners to emphasize the importance of public schools and to support public education. Though there will always be room for improvement, there are many things being done well in US public education. This week helps us to remember those things, while also considering how we can expand on them to continue providing quality education to millions of students.

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