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Model Overview

Program Overview

2014
Year Launched
9 - 10
Blended Grades
90
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)


I started implementing a Flipped Classroom model. After experimenting with the use of videos to support student learning outside of the classroom, I saw they had tremendous value to improve learning. Students could engage with material at their own pace which was incredibly empowering.
I have since moved to a playlist model. I still use videos, but they are included in playlists along with skills practice and problem solving using tools that provide instant feedback. I made this change for several reasons including:

1. Asking students to learn new material through video at home increased the divide between my students. Those who did not or could not watch were at a significant disadvantage over those who did.
2. I can easily differentiate instruction for all students in this model. I provide just-in-time support for students who struggle either one-on-one or in small groups. At the same time students who master content more quickly are provided with enrichment or extension activities that challenge them.
3. Barrington High School invested heavily in technology. Knowing that all students had access to a device enabled me to rely on the use of devices every day.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?


Building playlists is time consuming. Creating and embedding videos, finding/creating high quality auto-graded content, and converting content into a digital format is a slow process. I haven't really overcome this challenge. I just find teaching this way to be so much better for my students that I push myself to the limit of what is healthy.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?


Take it slow. Have a long-range plan and share the burden of the work among team members if possible.

Select up to two focus areas you feel that you demonstrate leadership in, and tell us why here:


I can successfully convince teachers from other schools/districts to change their classroom practice only after they see it for themselves. I have done this through classroom simulations and inviting educators to observe the model in my classroom. I truly believe that seeing effective blended learning in action is the single most effective way to ignite change.

I've had success helping teachers get started with blended learning by presenting at conferences throughout New England over the past several years. I try to balance increasing teachers' comfort level with the technology and thinking about redefining the classroom in a way that is not intimidating, even to newbies.

EDpuzzle
Assessment
Khan Academy
Assessment

Blended Subjects

Math

Program Focus

General
Special Education

School Overview

With a long and rich tradition of academic excellence, Barrington High School prides itself on the accomplishments of our just over 1,100 students and the quality of our staff. Our school is located in the suburban community of Barrington, Rhode Island, ten miles outside the capital city of Providence. In addition to being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2016, BHS became a Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship certified school in 2015 and was named a P21 Partnership for 21st Century Learning exemplar school in 2016.

Our climate is one of respect, trust and support. The students and staff at BHS are caring and compassionate and generally look out for one another's well-being. This point was reinforced by data reported in the 2014 and 2015 OECD Tests for Schools that reported very high findings regarding teacher-student relations at our school with nearly 100 percent of students strongly agreeing that their teachers treat them fairly and are interested in their well-being.

BHS began its journey towards effectively integrating the use of technology in the classroom when we introduced a B.Y.O.D. policy in 2013. The following year Chromebook carts were made available to each department. Finally in 2015 BHS went 1:1, issuing Chromebooks to all students grades 9-12. Throughout this journey, professional development changed dramatically to support implementation. Teacher-led technology integration workshops are offered on district professional development days, providing personalized support for all staff.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

9

out of 10

School Contact

Address:
Barrington High School
Barrington, Rhode Island
02806 United States

Telephone: (401)-247-3150

Barrington High School's Website

Demographics

1,027
Total Students
5%
FRL
--
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

2016

Blended Program Launched 2014