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Model Overview

Program Overview

2013
Year Launched
1 - 8
Blended Grades
470
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


When we first implemented blended learning we selected the rotation model for a couple of reasons. First, many of our students were already working in stations in their classrooms which meant that both students and teachers were familiar with this structure. Since teachers were familiar with the design, our focus was more about enhancing what was already in place instead of implementing something entirely new. Teachers were very receptive to this approach. Second, during our planning stages we had devices for about a third of students in each participating class which works well with the rotation model. Since the initial implementation, we continue to use the rotation model but we have more devices in each classroom which allows for more time using digital content.

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


One of our biggest challenges was implementation at the middle school level. We had to change the mindset that middle school teachers need to prepare students for how teaching occurs in high school to meeting the current individual needs of students and using best practices, such as small group instruction, from prior grades. Since our third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms were already blended, we had those teachers share their experiences with our middle school teachers. We also shared data we gathered from the various digital content providers to show student growth and we made correlations between a blended learning classroom and our teacher framework. Lastly, the pace of the first few weeks of implementation was determined by each individual teacher. This allowed for planning, PD, and coaching to be tailored for teachers. The result was that overall our middle school teachers embraced the program and implemented it with fidelity.

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


One piece of advice I would give to an emerging blended-learning program is that all school leaders must be invested in the program. There must also be a strong lead who believes in the program, has a strong background in instruction, can coach teachers, develop tailored professional development sessions, consistently analyze data, and has the time to spend in classrooms to support teachers with implementation and provide feedback.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts

School Overview

Chancellor Avenue School serves students in grades K-8 in the South Ward of Newark. Chancellor has a staff of professionals that includes K-8 regular and special needs classroom teachers and teachers in the fields of instrumental and vocal music, art, physical education, technology, and world language. Chancellor was selected as one of four schools in the district to pilot blended learning in grades 3-5, in partnership with Education Elements, in order to enhance instruction, personalize student learning, and increase student outcomes. Following the pilot, Chancellor's blended-learning program expanded to include grades 1-2 and 6-8 as well.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

2

out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Neysa Miranda

Address:
Chancellor Avenue School
321 Chancellor Ave
Newark, New Jersey
7112
United States

Telephone: (973)-705-3870

Chancellor Avenue School's Website

Demographics

313
Total Students
86%
FRL
--
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

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Blended Program Launched 2013