Most Holy Trinity School recognized the need to integrate technology into the schoolâ€™s curriculum; however, that didnâ€™t mean we would just put an interactive whiteboard in each classroom or use projectors more often. The school realized the use of blended learning, which would allow for adaptive technology and traditional teaching methods, was the best way to improve our academic product. We are able to use data to drive instruction and to create student groups on a daily basis. Blended learning has had a positive impact on both the teachers and students of Most Holy Trinity School.
One of the biggest challenges when switching to blended learning was creating buy in across the faculty. Through extensive professional development and ongoing support, Most Holy Trinity School has been able to implement blending learning from kindergarten to eighth grade. Teachers who are comfortable and confident in their lessons have assisted those teachers in need of support. Once everyone was on the same page and began to see the benefits of blended learning, everything fell into place. The school now have every member of the faculty on board.
Find a model blended learning school and ask if you can visit with faculty and staff members and possibly students. Provide the opportunity for your faculty and staff to visit a class and/or speak with a teacher about the benefits of blended learning. Once a teacher sees what is possible and hears how blended learning improves the academic program of a school, the switch will be much easier to make
One area of leadership found at Most Holy Trinity School is a willingness to try new things. The school has an open mind when it comes to trying new adaptive technologies and sources of data. Most Holy Trinity School realizes there may be a number of ways to improve its blended learning program, and the school is open to improvements. A second area of leadership is in classroom design. Most Holy Trinity School has classroom furniture that lends itself well to collaboration and station rotation. Students also have options when it comes to where and how they learn. Students can sit, stand, or rock at their desk or station. Student also have the ability to work out math problems on their desk or our whiteboard table, which makes the work a little more fun. Our learning environments have positively impacted teaching and learning.
As a member of the Saint Katharine Drexel Initiative in the Diocese of San Jose, our teachers and students use blended learning as a foundation for daily instruction. This model of learning blends traditional teaching strategies, small group instruction, project based learning, differentiated instruction, with technology-enhanced learning. Our adaptive technologies and assessments allow us to meet the identified needs of our diverse learners. Especially in the Silicon Valley and in a time of increasing technological momentum, it is crucial that our students are ready for the 21st century.
It is our belief that parents are the primary educators of their children. Therefore, we encourage as much parental involvement and support in our school as possible, which creates a rich community of parents, students, and staff.
We take pride in celebrating our vibrant culturally diverse community. Throughout the year, we acknowledge and rejoice in the various gifts and traditions that our families bring to our school.
Contact: Jamie McIntyre, Principal
Contact Title: Blended Learning Instructional Specialist
Most Holy Trinity School
1940 Cunningham Ave.
San Jose, California