The first model we attempted was the station-rotation model. We chose the station-rotation model because after reviewing the variety of instructional models, station-rotation was the model selected by the blended learning team. While we have expanded to include a flipped classroom model, the majority of our teachers who are implementing blended learning are still utilizing the station-rotation model.
When we introduced blended learning to our staff, we actually had more teachers want to be a part of the blended learning team than we had slots available. We selected our eight teachers who would receive devices in their classroom and then invited four other teachers to be part of the blended learning team but they would not be receiving devices during the initial roll-out. The four teachers agreed to be a part of the blended learning team even though they would not be receiving devices at the start of the roll-out.
Communicating what blended learning entails and how it is being implemented in classrooms to students, parents, and community members early in the process.
The two focus areas we feel we have demonstrated leadership are leadership strategies for implementing blended learning and redefining the role of teachers and administrators in a blended learning environment.
Belmont Ridge Middle School is located in Loudoun County, Virginia. Our school serves approximately 1,224 students from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. We are currently in our third year of utilizing blended learning.
Contact: Dr. Ryan Hitchman
Contact Title: Principal
Belmont Ridge Middle School
19045 Upper Belmont Place
In 2014-2015 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
In 2014-2015 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.