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    Why educators are moving away from a Station Rotation model

    December 13, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory, 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program. Over the past few months, […]

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    Tips from the pros: Making an Enriched Virtual program work for your students

    December 11, 2016 | by Jenny White

    The Enriched Virtual model allows students to complete the majority of coursework online at home or outside of school, but attend school for required face-to-face learning sessions with a teacher. Unlike the Flipped Classroom, Enriched Virtual programs usually don’t require daily school attendance; some programs may only require twice-weekly attendance, for example. The Enriched Virtual […]

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    Will blended learning fulfill its disruptive potential?

    December 1, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    As I mentioned in my last post, the history of education in the United States includes a long list of ambitious programs, initiatives, and reforms that have floundered in producing their promised improvements in student outcomes. Veteran teachers and school leaders have seen wave after wave of pedagogical, curricular, and policy fads wash over the […]

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    Uncovering What Works in Blended Learning

    October 7, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    To scale effective blended and personalized learning environments, we first need to develop a better understanding of what learning approaches work, for which students, in what circumstances. This level of insight is necessary to build replicable theories of change, and it will move us beyond educational “best practices” that lack true predictive power. As we’ve […]

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    With blended learning, this network aims to scale high-quality, affordable education

    October 3, 2016 | by Jenny White

    SPARK Schools is a leading transformer of the South African education landscape. Since this independent school network’s flagship campus, SPARK Ferndale, opened in 2013, the network has grown to eight schools and counting. With each new school, SPARK Schools offer a combination of quality and affordability unparalleled by other public and private schools anywhere in […]

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    4 tips for developing effective professional development for blended learning

    September 15, 2016 | by Stepan Mekhitarian

    With the growing prevalence of blended learning in classrooms across the country, the need for teacher training for effective implementation is more critical than ever. In order to better understand the skills and training required to implement blended learning effectively, I conducted a three-year doctoral research study at three public school sites in Los Angeles. […]

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    How trailblazing districts leverage blended learning

    September 13, 2016 | by Jenny White

    Trailblazing districts are forging a new landscape of education with innovative instructional methods bolstered by technology. Among them are Future Ready districts across the country who have taken a pledge to rethink how we prepare students for college, career and life in the 21st century. Since 2014, over 2200 superintendents have signed the Future Ready […]

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    The BLU Star Innovator Search

    September 1, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    On March 31–April 1, the Highlander Institute and the Christensen Institute will showcase leading classroom, school, and district blended learning implementers from across the nation at our 2017 Blended & Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, R.I. Do you want to be recognized as a BLU Star administrator or teacher spearheading blended and personalized learning in […]

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    6 tips from blended learning innovators leading change

    August 25, 2016 | by Julia Freeland

    Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the […]

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    District-led launch of blended learning smoothes, speeds next-gen transition

    August 16, 2016 | by Jenny White

    Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is launching into the future with a comprehensive, 20-school pilot program that paces the escalation of personalized and blended learning across its 174 schools. This program, named the Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) initiative, supports schools as they provide digital learning devices to every student, implement personalized and blended […]

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