"Blended learning combines the best of traditional instruction with online and digital media to increase student engagement, maximize teachers’ time with students, and deliver personalized learning. Blended learning empowers students to take ownership of their education by providing some control over time, place, path, or pace while affording our teachers more opportunities to meet with students for more individualized instruction." - Definition created by the Garnet Valley Blended Learning Committee 2017
In today’s complex and ever-changing school system, constant and continuing professional learning is critical. However, investment in time and resources for professional learning does not automatically translate into improved classroom practice nor does it naturally result in an increase in student achievement. Educators are often so inundated with training on different topics that successful implementation can be difficult.
Becoming a Future Ready School District should begin with access to technology for every student and teacher. Without access to technology, Future Ready is abstract and theoretical.
The price tag for classroom technology has significantly decreased over time as schools can now provide devices for students for as little as $50 per student, per year. Today, providing access to technology in schools is less about money and more about vision and leadership.
The C in the C.H.O.I.C.E. model for #personalizedPD (@jbretzmann) stands for Constant Progress as we want to, borrowing a quote from @gcouros, move all of our users from their Point A of understanding to their Point B. How quickly or far a person moves is less important than their journey as a whole.
I am extremely lucky to work in an organization that isn’t afraid to set enormously high standards. I also know that philosophy is an uncommon practice in most districts. Twenty-first-century challenges need twenty-first-century approaches; however, school leaders are often quick to adopt minor improvements to existing systems in lieu of larger changes that would upset the status quo. What is needed in the current state of education are more Moonshots.